the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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Morrish Bible Dictionary
An important city in the district of Phrygia in Asia Minor. It forms a triangle with Hierapolis and Colosse. Its ancient name was Diospolis, but when Antiochus Theos rebuilt it he called it Laodicea, after the name of his wife. It became a wealthy city: on one occasion when it was destroyed by an earthquake the inhabitants were able to rebuild it without asking aid from the state: cf. Revelation 3:17 . Its destruction has been complete: its ruins are called Eski-hissar.
There is no account of Paul having visited this city, but it is evident that the church there was on his heart and that he sought its welfare. All that is known of the state of the Laodicean church is gathered from the address sent to it through the apostle John (see REVELATION).Colossians 2:1; Colossians 4:13,15,16; Revelation 1:11; Revelation 3:11 .
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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Laodicea'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​mbd/​l/laodicea.html. 1897.