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Paul, accompanied by Silas, first visited Berea on his second missionary journey (Acts 17:10). The town was in the province of Macedonia in northern Greece, on the main road from Thessalonica in the north to Athens in the south. (For map of the region see ACTS, BOOK OF.)

The Jews of the local synagogue, unlike many of the Jews Paul met on his travels, were prepared to listen to Paul’s teaching and test it against the Scriptures. As a result, many believed. However, Paul was forced to leave the young church when Jews from neighbouring Thessalonica forced him out of the town (Acts 17:11-14). Paul most likely revisited Berea on his third missionary journey (Acts 20:1-2). A representative from the Berean church joined his party to take an offering from the Greek churches to the poor Christians in Jerusalem (Acts 20:4; Romans 15:26; 2 Corinthians 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 9:1-4).

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Berea'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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