Syria and Cilicia (Gal. 1:21)

“Then I went

Into the regions

Of Syria

And Cilicia.”

ἔπειτα ἦλθον εἰς τὰ κλίματα τῆς Συρίας καὶ τῆς Κιλικίας.

Paul said, “Then I went (ἔπειτα ἦλθον) into the regions of Syria (εἰς τὰ κλίματα τῆς Συρίας) and Cilicia (καὶ τῆς Κιλικίας).”  Cilicia was a Roman province between the Taurus mountains and the coast in the south-east corner of Asia Minor, linked up with the province of Syria.  Paul was from Tarsus that was the capital of Cilicia, so that Paul went home as indicated in Acts, chapter 9:30.  He then went to Antioch, in Syria in Acts, 11:25-26, at the request of Barnabas.  Paul left Jerusalem after a short visit with Peter and James.  Whether he left on his own or was forced to leave is not clear.  Nevertheless, most of the activity of Paul will be from Antioch into what is present day Turkey that was called Asia Minor.  Have you ever been to Turkey?

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