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Around this temple, and along the shores of the gulf, stretched a well-arranged and beautiful city, guarded by strong fortresses, and busy with the exchange of commerce. Pergarnurn claimed pre:-eminence as the oldest and the 'royal' city of the province; · it was still the political capital of Asia. It had a lofty and imposing situation, adorned with sumptuous buildings, but lay off the main track of the traveller. ' Thyatira lay in a peaceful and prosperous valley, on the road between Pergamum and Sardis.

DURING THE 1st. , Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, follows the route the bearer of the letter might naturally take in travelling from Rome, and desiring to touch as many Churches as possible on his circuit. In all probability the messenger was Silvanus of the Epistles (Silas of the Acts). The second Epistle formed a sequel to the First; though it is argued, on the contrary, that the difference of style and the absence of specified address, make the names of the writer and readers an open question.

THE SEVEN CHURC H ES OF ASIA Ephesus - See page 16. Smyrna possessed trading advantages almost equal to those of Ephesus. Its chief glory was a temple to the Emperor, which it had been privileged to build in honour of its loyalty to Rome. Around this temple, and along the shores of the gulf, stretched a well-arranged and beautiful city, guarded by strong fortresses, and busy with the exchange of commerce. Pergarnurn claimed pre:-eminence as the oldest and the 'royal' city of the province; · it was still the political capital of Asia.

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