By The Rev. John F. Stirling
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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.
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. It had a lofty and imposing situation, adorned with sumptuous buildings, but lay off the main track of the traveller.
In front of the city were a Greek temple, and an Oriental shrine directed by a pagan prophetess. Though not a leading city of Asia, it was a rich commercial centre renowned for its dyes, with famous trading-guilds that fostered idolatry and sensuality. Sardis rose like a fortress on a ledge of rock overlooking a mountain glen. ·It was one of the fairest and most promising cities of Asia; but its boasted impregnable citadel has twice been captured whilst its people slept. P hiladelphia was surrounded by mountains, rising eastwards to form the plateau of Central Asia.
An Atlas Illustrating the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles by The Rev. John F. Stirling