To the seven churches of protonsq Asia is the work which the writer has undertaken inscribed. The names of these (l: 11) is a pledge for the importance of the churches addressed. Whether the churches of that day in Asia were limi ted to this number, is a question easily solved; for in Col. 4: 13 the church at Hi erupolis is mentioned in connection With that at Laodicea, and the former is in the near neighbourhood of the latter. Colossae, also was in the immediate neighbour hood of Laodicea. All three were on the confines of Phrygia and Lydia, and be longed, no doubt, to the circle of proconsular Asia. 80, a few years later than when the Apocalypse was written, we know there were large and ?ourishing churches in Tralles where lgnatius lived, and at Magnesia in its near neighbour hood, both in Lydia and but a moderate distance from Ephesus. Whether the Apocalyptist was conversant with these, and with many other churches of Asia besides those mentioned in the Revelation, cannot bedecided by express evidence but the probability surely is, that such a man as John, (whether apostle or other preacher of the gospel), would not have founded, or formed acquaintance with, seven churches only in Asia, when the whole region was filled with cities and an immense population. There must be other reasons, then, why only sea-en church es are here addressed and these Will be the subject of discussion in the sequel when we come to v.
Asia is a name to which very different meanings are attached, by different writers and at different periods of time. It means, (1) The whole eastern Con tinent. (2) Hither Asia or Asia Minor, from the Sinus homes and Armenia Mi nor to the Aegean Sea. (3) That part of Asia which Attalus Ill king of Perga mus, gave by testament to the Romans, i. E. Mysia, Phrygia, Lycaonia, Lydia, Carin, Pisidia, and the southern coast, i. C. All the western, south-western, and southern parts of Asia Minor. (4) In the New Testament, the western coast from M ysia downwards, with the inland country to a considerable distance back, comprehending the western part of Phrygia, appears to be named ?sia; and this tract constituted proconsular Asia, in the narrow meaning of that appellation.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Moses Stuart
Published Date - August 26 2019
ISBN - 9780331340358
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 3 cm
Page Count - 510
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