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published: 3/31/13





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Berea in the Bible



Berea in the New Testament

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Berea was a city of Macedon, whither Paul withdrew, with Silas and Timothy, at his first visit to Europe, from Jewish persecution at Thessalonica, whence also, when the persecutors followed him from Thessalonica, he retired seawards to proceed to Athens (Acts 17:10-15).

The Berean Jews were "more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word (preached) with all readiness of mind (not in a cavilling, critical spirit), and (yet not in a credulous spirit, for they) searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so." (See Isa. 8:20: John 5:39; Gal. 1:8,9.) The result was necessarily, "many believed; also of honorable women, which were Greeks, and of men not a few.




" Sopater, or Sosipater, one of them, became Paul's missionary companion (Acts 20:4; Rom. 16:21) in returning to Asia from his second visit to Europe, where he had been with him at Corinth. Now Verria, or Kara-verria, commanding a wide view of the plain of the Axius and Haliacmon; one of the most pleasant towns of Roumelia, with 20,000 inhabitants.

One of the two roads from Thessalonica to Berea passed by Pella. A road led from Berea to Dium, whence probably Paul sailed to Athens, leaving Silas and Timothy behind.


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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, which is in the public domain (with minor edits).