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Asia Minor
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Geographical label used to indicate the Anatolian peninsula, the western half of modern-day Turkey. Asia Minor is situated between the Mediterranean Sea on the south and the Black Sea on the north, with the Aegean Sea to the west. The peninsula’s eastern edge borders Asia and the Middle East.As a primary link between Asia and Europe, Asia Minor has been inhabited by various people groups throughout history as power has shifted between the continents. Although the peninsula’s terrain impeded extensive travel, a major route known as the Persian Royal Road crossed Asia Minor between Persia on the east and Sardis on the west (French, Roman Roads).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Asia Minor
Asia Minor Geographical label used to indicate the Anatolian peninsula, the western half of modern-day Turkey. Asia Minor is situated between the Mediterranean Sea on the south and the Black Sea on the north, with the Aegean Sea to the west. The peninsula’s eastern edge borders Asia and the Middle East.
Asia, Province of
Asia, Province of (Ἀσία, Asia). A Roman province comprising about one-third of the western end of modern Asia Minor. This region was west of Phrygia and Galatia. The province was part of modern Turkey. For further information, see this article: Rome, Provinces of, Eastern.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Asia
Asia. In NT times, the Roman province immediately east of the Aegean Sea. The province was established in 133 bc out of the kingdom left to the Romans in the will of Attalus III, king of Pergamum. Greek geographers generally employed the name Asia to denote the whole eastern continent, but from the second
Asia Minor
Asia Minor. Peninsula synonymous with the Asia of the NT and Anatolia, identifiable with part of modern Turkey.See Anatolia; Asia.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Asia
Asia [GK. Asia]. A Roman province including in the first three centuries a.d. nearly the whole of the western part of Asia Minor and some of the coastal islands such as Samos and Patmos. Most of the area comprising the provinces of Mysia, Lydia, Caria, and Phrygia had been bequeathed to the Romans by
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Asia
ASIA In NT times, the Roman province immediately east of the Aegean Sea. The province was established in 133 bc out of the kingdom left to the Romans in the will of Attalus III, king of Pergamum. Greek geographers generally employed the name Asia to denote the whole eastern continent, but from the second
Asia Minor
ASIA MINOR Peninsula synonymous with the Asia of the NT and Anatolia, identifiable with part of modern Turkey. See Asia.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Asia
Asia (ay´zhuh), a term occasionally referring to the old Persian Empire, but more generally to the Seleucid kingdoms, whose rulers were called “the kings of Asia” (1 Macc. 8:6). When Attalus III died (133 bce), he willed his kingdom to Rome, who called the new province “Asia” from the ruler’s title.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Asia
ASIA. In the NT, Asia generally refers to the Roman province created c. 129 b.c. after Attalus III had earlier (133 b.c.) willed his kingdom of Pergomas to Rome. Asia included the countries of Mysia, Lydia, Caria, and most of Phrygia, plus several islands and coastal cities. At first Pergamos was the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Asia
ASIA. To Greeks the name either of the continent or more commonly of the region in Asia Minor based on Ephesus. The latter embraced a number of Greek states which in the 3rd century bc fell under the control of the kings of Pergamum. In 133 bc the royal possessions were bequeathed to the Romans, and
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Asia
Asia (Gk. Asɩ́a)Designation of both the continent and the Roman province of Asia. The ancient Greeks used the term for lands bordering the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. The region extended in the north to the Tanais River and the Sea of Azov above the Black Sea, in the west to the Aegean Sea,
Asia Minor
Asia MinorA term used to describe the Anatolian peninsula bounded by the Black Sea on the north, the Aegean Sea on the west, and the Mediterranean Sea on the south. This region of ca. 518,000 sq. km. (200,000 sq. mi.)—three quarters the size of Texas—today constitutes the western two thirds of Asiatic
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Asia
Asia (Gk. Asia).† A Roman province in New Testament times, located in the western part of Asia Minor and comprising the earlier Attalid provinces of Mysia, Lydia, Caria, and Phrygia; it did not encompass the entire continent of Asia or even a major portion thereof (as did the Seleucid kingdom in
Asia Minor
Asia Minor. A peninsula between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, with the Armenian highlands in the East, called in Turkish Anadolu (from Gk. Anatolia “the east” or “rising [of the sun]”).The peninsula features a sharp contrast between the coastal area and the interior, a plateau about 1000
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Asia
ASIA In its broadest sense, Asia was used by the Greeks to describe the continent extending east of Europe and Africa into the Asian Steppe. Asia in 1 and 2 Maccabees refers to the Seleucid kingdom that stretched from the Hellespont to India (1 Macc 8:6; 2 Macc 3:3). In 1 Macc 8:6, Antiochus III, who
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Asia Minor
ASIA MINORAsia Minor is the westernmost peninsula of Asia, stretching over ancient Anatolia (modern Turkey) from the Aegean and the Black Sea to the Euphrates River and the Syrian desert. Classical geography gave the name Asia to both a continent (the whole of Anatolia) and a country (on the Aegean
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Asia
A´sia (orient). The passages in the New Testament where this word occurs are the following: Acts 2:9; 6:9; 16:6; 19:10, 22, 26, 27; 20:4, 16, 18; 21:27; 27:2; Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:19; 2 Cor. 1:8; 2 Tim. 1:15; 1 Pet. 1:1; Rev. 1:4, 11. In all these it may be confidently stated that the word is used for
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