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Asia

ASIA. Proconsular Asia in NT times was the Roman province that contained the SW part of Asia Minor, and in particular “the seven churches in the province of Asia” addressed in the first three chapters of Revelation. In the NT the word “Asia” occurs nineteen times and always refers to this division, not to the whole continent, nor even to Anatolia. Its capital was Ephesus, where both Paul and John labored. Most of its cities have disappeared, but Smyrna (Rev.2.8-Rev.2.11) remains a great city even now (called Izmir, in modern Turkey). Philadelphia remained till the [[Middle Ages]].