Bible Characters – Ancient Cities
The Ancient City of Damascus
Damascus was nestled on a main trade route that connected Egypt and Mesopotamia. Saul was on his way to Damascus when he saw the risen Jesus.
Cities of the Seven Churches
Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea made up the cities of the seven churches.
Syrian Antioch and Pisidian Antioch
Syrian Antioch was near Jerusalem, and it was the capital and military headquarters for the Syrian province during the Roman Empire. There, the word "Christians" is used for the very first time. Pisidian Antioch was the location of Paul's first missionary journey. His first recorded speech was given there.
Thessalonia was a busy, populous seaport, so it was a very important city for Paul's missionary work.