Cities and Towns Named in the New Testament

I. In Judaea

  1. Azotus: Near the Mediterranean; the ancient Ashod, visited by Philip (Acts 8:40).
  2. Bethlehem: Six miles south of Jerusalem; the birthplace of Jesus (Matt. 2:1).
  3. Bethany: Near Jerusalem, on a slope of the Mount of Olives; the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (John 12:1).
  4. Gaza: Near the Mediterranean, to which a road led from Jerusalem (Acts 8:26).
  5. Emmaus: Four miles south of Jerusalem; the place to which the two disciples were walking when joined by Jesus (Luke 24:13).
  6. Joppa: On the Mediterranean; the port of Jerusalem where Peter saw a vision (Acts 11:5).
  7. Jericho: In the valley of the Jordan, where Jesus restored sight to Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46).
  8. Jerusalem: The Holy City where all the great feasts were held (Luke 2:41).

II. In Samaria

  1. Antipatris: East of Shechem; the place to which the guard conveyed Paul by night (Acts 23:31).
  2. Caesarea: On the Mediterranean, where Paul made his defense before Agrippa (Acts 25).
  3. Sychar: In the valley between Ebal and Gerizim; the site of Jacob’s well (John 4:5, 6).

III. In Galilee

  1. Bethsaida: A village on the Sea of Galilee; the native place of Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1:44).
  2. Cana: A village four or five miles northeast of Nazareth, where Jesus performed his first miracle (John 2:11).
  3. Capernaum: A city on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus lived, and performed many miracles (Matt. 4:13).
  4. Chorazin: A city on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, against which Jesus pronounced woes (Matt. 11:21).
  5. Magdala: A village on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, visited by Jesus (Matt. 15:39).
  6. Nazareth: A town among the hills, about midway between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean; celebrated as the place where Jesus was brought up (Luke 4:16).
  7. Nain: A village on a hill southeast of Nazareth, where Jesus raised to life the widow’s son (Luke 7:12).
  8. Ptolemais: On the Mediterranean, north of Mount Carmel, where Paul landed on his way to Jerusalem (Acts 21:7).
  9. Tiberias: A city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, visited by Jesus (John 6:1).

IV. In Peraea

  1. Bethabara: A place east of the Jordan, nearly opposite Jericho, where John baptized (John 1:28).
  2. Machaeus: East of the Dead Sea; the place where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded. Not named in the Bible.

V. Decapolis

  1. Bethsaida: On the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee; the place where Jesus fed the five thousand (Luke 9:10-17).
  2. Gadara: A city south of the Sea of Galilee, which gave its name to the district-“the country of the Gadarenes” (Mark 5:1).
  3. Gergesa: A little village east of the Sea of Galilee; the place near which the demoniacs were cured, and the swine drowned (Matt. 8:28-34).

VI. In Phoenicia

  1. Tyre: The celebrated commercial city of antiquity, on the Mediterranean; on “the coasts” of which Jesus cured the daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman (Matt. 15:21-28).
  2. Sidon: A city on the Mediterranean, about twenty miles north of Tyre, in a region once visited by Jesus (Mark 7:24).

VII. In Syria

  1. Damascus: On a fertile plain, watered by the Abana and Pharpar, east of the Anti-Libanus mountains; the place of the Apostle Paul’s conversion (Acts 9:1-25).
  2. Antioch: On the river Orontes, seventeen miles from the Mediterranean, between the Tarsus and Lebanon ranges of mountains; the seat of the first missionary church (Acts 11:19-30).

VIII. In Asia Minor

  1. Antioch: A city in Pisidia, east of Ephesus, visited by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:14).
  2. Ephesus: A celebrated city one mile from the AEgean Sea, where Paul preached for a long time, (Acts 19) and one of the seven churches of Asia (Rev. 2:1).
  3. Derbe: A town in Lycaonia, visited by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 16:1).
  4. Iconium: Sixty miles east of Antioch, where Paul and Barnabas preached (Acts 14:1-5).
  5. Lystra: Not far from Derbe, also visited by Paul and Barnabas; the home of Timothy, (Acts 16:1) and where the two missionaries were thought to be gods (Acts 14:8-12).
  6. Laodicea: The capital of Phrygia, and the seat of one of the churches to which a message was sent by John (Rev. 3:14).
  7. Miletus: The port of Ephesus, where Paul delivered a farewell address (Acts 20:17-38).
  8. Myra: An important town of Lycia, where Paul changed ships on his journey to Rome (Acts 27:5).
  9. Patara: A sea-port of Lycia, where Paul took ship for Phoenicia (Rev. 2:12).
  10. Pergamos: A city of Mysia; the site of one of the seven churches of Asia (Rev. 2:12).
  11. Perga: A city of Pamphylia, visited by Paul and Barnabas, and where Mark left them (Acts 13:3).
  12. Philadelphia: A town on the borders of Lydia; the seat of one of the seven churches of Asia (Rev. 3:7).
  13. Smyrna: On the AEgean Sea, forty miles north of Ephesus; the seat of one of the seven churches in Asia (Rev. 2:8).
  14. Sardis: An important city of Lydia; the seat of one of the seven churches of Asia (Rev. 3:1).
  15. Troas: The ancient Troy, on the AEgean Sea, where Paul in a vision received the call to Macedonia (Acts 16:8-10).
  16. Tarsus: A city of Cilicia; the birthplace of the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:11).
  17. Thyatira: A city of Lydia, and the seat of one of the seven churches of Asia (Rev. 2:18).

IX. In Macedonia

  1. Amphipolis: Thirty-three miles from Philippi, and three miles from the AEgean Sea, visited by Paul (Acts 17:1).
  2. Apollonia: A city thirty miles from Amphipolis, where Paul remained one day (Acts 17:1).
  3. Berea: A small city on the eastern side of Mount Olympus, where Paul preached, and where the people examined the Scriptures to see if his preaching was true (Acts 17:10-13).
  4. Philippi: A flourishing city nine miles from the AEgean Sea, celebrated as the first foothold of the gospel in Europe (Acts 16:12-40).
  5. Thessalonica: At the head of the Thermaic Gulf; an important commercial centre, and the scene of Paul’s labor (Acts 17:1-9).

X. Greece

  1. Athens: One of the most celebrated cities of the world, situated five miles northeast of the Saronic Gulf, a part of the AEgean Sea. It was the seat of Grecian learning, and the place where Paul delivered one of his most famous discourses (Acts 17:15-34).
  2. Corinth: An important city forty miles west of Athens, where Paul preached, and the seat of one of the leading churches (Acts 18:1-18).

XI. In the Isles of the Sea

  1. Fair Haven: A harbor in the island of Crete; a place where the ship on which Paul was sailing anchored (Acts 27:8).
  2. Mitylene: On the island of Lesbos, in the AEgean Sea, where Paul’s ship anchored for a night (Acts 20:14).
  3. Paphos: On the western shore of Cyprus; visited by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:6).
  4. Salamis: On the eastern shore of Cyprus; visited by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:5).
  5. Syracuse: A celebrated city on the eastern shore of Sicily, where Paul stopped on his journey to Rome (Acts 28:12).

XII. Italy

  1. Rhegium: A city on the southern extremity of Italy, where the ship in which Paul was journeying touched (Acts 28:13).
  2. Puteoli: The leading port of Italy, where Paul disembarked (Acts 28:13).
  3. Appii Forum: A village on the Appian Way, forty-three miles from Rome, where Christians met Paul (Acts 28:15).
  4. Three Taverns: A place eleven miles from Rome, where another band of Christians met Paul (Acts 28:15).
  5. Rome: The great city of Italy, the capital of the Roman Empire, where Paul was taken for trial before Caesar, (Acts 28:16), and where he was afterwards put to death.

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