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Pisidia

PISIDIA (pĭ-sĭd'ĭ-a, Gr. Pisidia). One of the small Roman provinces in southern Asia Minor, just north of Pamphylia and lying along the coast. It was mountainous but more densely populated than the rough coastal areas, especially because it contained the important city of Antioch. Because of this, Paul visited the city twice. On his first journey (Acts.13.14-Acts.13.50; niv “Pisidian Antioch”) he preached a lengthy sermon in the synagogue, testifying of Christ. A week later “almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord” (Acts.13.44). Then the jealous Jews stirred up both the honorable women and the chief men of the city (Acts.13.50), and Paul and Barnabas were forced out of this greatest Pisidian city. On his second journey Paul revisited Pisidia and Antioch, “strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to faith” (Acts.14.21-Acts.14.24).