Iconium, from the Greek Ikonion, was the capital city of Lycaonia, in Asia Minor (today Turkey), situated about 120 miles / 195 kilometers inland from The Mediterranean Sea. In New Testament times, it was one of the major cities of the Roman province of Galatia (see Ancient Empires - Rome). Iconium's location, on a major road that led to Ephesus and Rome to the west, made it a natural part of the stepping-stone spread of the Gospel (literally, the Gospel spread by word of mouth, by people generally traveling on foot, day by day, mile by mile - no printing press, no radio, no TV, no Internet). It was visited by Paul and his associates during all three of his missionary travels (see Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey).

Paul In Iconium

Although generally successful, Paul's efforts in Iconium, as with nearly everywhere else, did not come without opposition from his fellow Jews. Very often, the Jewish community split right down the middle, for and against, him.

Fact Finder: Was the apostle Paul ever stoned and left for dead for preaching the Gospel?
Acts 14:19

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