Church at Philadelphia
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A city in the province of Asia that was home to one of the seven churches of Revelation (Rev 1:11; 3:7).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
PHILADELPHIA (PLACE) [Gk Philadelpheia (Φιλαδελφεια)]. A city of the Roman province of Asia addressed by the risen Jesus in the book of Revelation (3:7–13).Located in ancient Lydia, in the W of what is today Asiatic Turkey, Philadelphia was founded by Eumenes II, King of Pergamum (197–159 b.c.) or possibly
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Philadelphia. 1. City of the Decapolis. It is not mentioned in any NT writing. Located on the plateau about 25 miles east of the Jordan River, the city had formerly been known as Rabbah, or Rabbath-amman. The modern capital of the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan, Amman, now occupies this site. About the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Philadelphia [Gk. Philadelph (e)ia]. The Hellenistic name of two localities.
2. (Rev. 1:11; 3:17). A city in Anatolia; the modern Alas¸ehir, “red city” or perhaps “city of Allah.” It was named for the founders’ sponsor, King Attalus of Pergamum (159–138 b.c.), whose surname Philadelphus meant “loyal to his brother [Eumenes].” It is 32 km (20 mi) E of Sardis and 97 km (60 mi)
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
PHILADELPHIA1. City of the Decapolis, not specifically mentioned in any NT writing. It was located on the plateau about 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) east of the Jordan River. In 63 bc Palestine came under Roman domination. Pompey, the Roman general who conquered the region, reorganized the territory.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Philadelphia (fil´uh-del´fee-uh; GK., “familial love”), an ancient city in the region of Lydia in western Asia Minor, on the site of modern Alashehir, Turkey. It was founded by Attalus II, king of Pergamum (159–138 bce). Because of its strategic location, it served as a vital link in communication and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
PHILADELPHIA1. A city of Lydia (modern Alasehir) 26 miles E of Sardis by the Roman road. It stood on a broad hill 800 feet in altitude on the imperial post road which came from Rome via Troas and led eastward through Phrygia. Location on an important trade route and control of a great grape-growing
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
PHILADELPHIA. A city in the Rom. province of Asia, in the W of what is now Asiatic Turkey. It was perhaps founded by Eumenes, king of Pergamum, in The 2nd century bc, and certainly named after his brother Attalus, whose loyalty had earned him the name Philadelphus. It was situated near the upper end
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Philadelphia [fĭlˊə dĕlˊfĭ ə] (Gk. Philadelphia, Philadelpheia “love[r] of brother”).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
PHILADELPHIA (Greek, “brotherly love”) A leading city in Asia Minor (modern Turkey), in the region of Lydia. It was near the upper end of a broad and fertile plateau and on the route through Sardis to the sea. The church in Philadelphia was one of the seven addressed in Revelation (Rev 1:11; 3:7–13).
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Philadelphia. A city of the Roman province of Asia. It was the seat of one of the ‘*Seven Churches of Asia’, addressed in Rev. 2–3, and was there commended for its faithfulness and given promises for the future (3:7–13). The circumstances in which this Church was founded are unknown. In the 14th cent.