At that time, some converts were made in Pisidian Antioch, but some of the Jews opposed. This created disunity amongst the people and led to driving Paul and Barnabas out of the city. In this article, you will learn where the two traveled next, and how they were received.
After Pisidian Antioch, Paul and Barnabas then went to Iconium (Konya) , an ancient city in central Turkey. The religious significance of this city is that not only was it a destination for St. Paul (who attracted many believers), but it was the site for one of the first church councils and was known as the Seljuk empire from 1150 to 1300.
The next stop on Paul’s missionary trip was Lystra, where Paul and Barnabas were treated as gods. They also found success in Derbc. When Paul returned to Lystra after visiting Derbc, he appointed elders, as he did when he reached Iconium, Pisidian, Antioch, and Perga once again. Afterwards, he went to Attalia before returning to Syrian Antioch.
The Second Missionary Journey of St. Paul
The second missionary journey of St. Paul was traveled with Silas and is described through Acts 15:36 to 18:22 in the Bible. Their travels took place between 50 and 53 AD. Paul started out in Antioch, and then traveled to Syria and Cilicia. During ancient times, Cilicia was the south coastal region of Asia Minor, which is south of the central Anatolian plateau. In the past, the city had political significance during Hittite times that continued on into the Byzantine empire.
Next, Paul traveled to Derbe, and then onto Lystra, where Timony joined the journey. The next destination for St. Paul was Phrygia and Galatia, where the Holy Spirit prevents them from going onto Bithynia. In Troas, Paul has a vision of the man of Macedon. Next, Paul traveled to Philippi, a city in eastern Macedonia that was founded by Philip II in 356 BC. Today, the site is known as one of the most important archaeological site of eastern Macedonia , one of the reasons was because of St. Paul’s visit during his mission. Christians see the location as a significant site that has become one of the main stops on pilgrimage tours of Greece. Many structures in the region spark the interest of religion enthusiasts.
The history of the city following the destruction of the Antigonid dynasty of Macedon at the hands of the Romans in 167 BC is unknown. At that time, the city had been divided into four separate states. Today, all that is left is a Greek theater, the walls, the foundations of a house under the Roman forum, and a small temple that was dedicated to a hero cult.
The next place that Paul traveled to was Philippi, where a lot of events took place for St. Paul. In the next article of the ‘Footsteps of Paul’ series, you will learn who accompanied Paul on his second journey and more about the cities that they stopped at.