the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary
Originally, Lycaonia was a small kingdom in Asia Minor. When the Romans incorporated Asia Minor into their Empire, they drew new boundaries and Lycaonia was split between the provinces of Galatia, Cappadocia and Cilicia. It is the Galatian part of Lycaonia that is referred to in the New Testament account of Paul’s first missionary journey. Paul established churches in the Lycaonian towns of Lystra and Derbe, and these were among the churches that he addressed in his letter to the Galatians (Acts 14:6). Although the local people spoke Greek, the chief language of the Roman Empire, they continued to use their own Lycaonian language (Acts 14:11).
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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Lycaonia'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​bbd/​l/lycaonia.html. 2004.