Ephesus, Miletus, and Patmos

The Greek cities of Ephesus and Miletus, once prosperous port towns on the west coast of Asia Minor, have long since silted up (see modern shoreline in dark blue). Paul and John both conducted ministries in this region, and John was eventually exiled to the nearby island of Patmos (Acts 19; Revelation 1:9).

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Roads of Israel

Many people don’t realize that roads were as important in Bible times as they are today, many of the events of the Bible took place in towns that lay along main roads. Good roads allowed trade to flourish and people to move throughout the country, including military troops heading to battle. Three primary routes passed through Israel: 1) the Great Trunk Road, connecting Egypt with Mesopotamia and Anatolia; 2) the Central Ridge Route, connecting towns within the heartland of Israel; and 3) the King’s Highway, which passed through the land that lay east of the Jordan River. King Solomon became very wealthy partially because he controlled all these important trade routes during his reign.

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