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Asia Minor in the Ancient World

Ancient Asia MinorIn the ancient world Asia Minor was also referred to as Anatolia. It was a large peninsula located in the far western corner of the continent of Asia. The boundaries of Asia Minor was the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea on the north, and the Dardanelles, and the Aegean Sea on the west, and Syria and the Mediterranean Sea on the south. The geography of Asia Minor in the ancient world is similar to that of modern Turkey. It is situated on a high plateau with large mountains crossing it, the Taurus Mountains are near the southern coast. During New Testament times the term Asia can refer to either the peninsula of Asia Minor,

Acts 19
26 - Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
27 - So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

or can refer to proconsular Asia which is the westernmost part of the peninsula.

Acts 2
9 - Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

Luke often uses the term Asia as a reference to the Roman province of Asia Ephesus.

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