Perga

“The capital of Pamphylia, on the coast of Asia Minor. Paul and” his companions landed at this place from Cyprus on their first “missionary journey (Acts 13:13, 14), and here Mark forsook the” party and returned to Jerusalem. Some time afterwards Paul and “Barnabas again visited this city and “preached the word” “(14:25). It stood on the banks of the river Cestrus, some 7” “miles from its mouth, and was a place of some commercial” “importance. It is now a ruin, called Eski Kalessi.”

“The chief city of Mysia, in Asia Minor. One of the “seven” “churches” was planted here (Rev. 1:11; 2:17). It was noted for” “its wickedness, insomuch that our Lord says “Satan’s seat” was” there. The church of Pergamos was rebuked for swerving from the truth and embracing the doctrines of Balaam and the “Nicolaitanes. Antipas, Christ’s “faithful martyr,” here sealed” his testimony with his blood. “This city stood on the banks of the river Caicus, about 20 miles “from the sea. It is now called Bergama, and has a population of” “some twenty thousand, of whom about two thousand profess to be” “Christians. Parchment (q.v.) was first made here, and was called” “by the Greeks pergamene, from the name of the city.”

Definition of Perga: “very earthy”

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