Tarsus was on the highway linking Syrian Antioch and the rest of the Middle East, with the provinces of Galatia and Asia to the west.(Acts continues) When Saul reached Jerusalem , he tried to join the disciples.But they were all afraid of him, finding it impossible to believe that he was a disciple.Barnabas, however, took him by the hand and introduced him to the apostles, and explained to them how he had seen the Lord on his journey, and how the Lord had spoken to him.He further explained how Saul had spoken in Damascus with the utmost boldness in the name of Jesus.A Roman colony and military centre, governed directly from Rome, Philippi was situated on the Via Egnatian, the highway running east and west linking Rome to Byzantium (Istanbul):, are in conflict over a girl with a spirit of clairvoyance, are beaten and imprisoned, survive a destructive earthquake and convert their gaoler.The magistrates release them, but on learning that Paul is a Roman citizen, apologize to them and .....) - Modern Salonika or Thessalonika.After that Saul joined with them in all their activities in Jerusalem, preaching fearlessly in the name of the Lord.
When he found him he brought him up to Antioch .- Capital of Cilicia in Asia Minor, and Paul's home.A Greek-speaking, Roman province in south-eastern Asia Minor, an important city and major centre of learning.Then for a whole year they met together with the Church and taught a large crowd.It was in Antioch that the disciples were first given the name of "Christians".
Settled by Gauls from central Asia in the 3rd century BC, Galatia included the Phrygian town of Pisidian Antioch; not to be confused with Syrian Antioch..... And the disciples continued to be full of joy and the Holy Spirit. Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and after turning the minds of the people against Paul they stoned him and dragged him out of the city thinking he was dead.