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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary
a celebrated city in Macedonia, and capital, of that kingdom, standing upon the Thesmaic Sea. Stephen of Byzantium says that it was improved and beautified by Philip, king of Macedon, and called Thessalonica in memory of the victory that he obtained over the Thessalians. Its old name was Thesma. The Jews had a synagogue here, and their number was considerable, Acts 17.
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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Thessalonica'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wtd/t/thessalonica.html. 1831-2.