Iconium (I-koh´nee-uhm)

A city (modern Konya) in south-central Asia Minor in a rich oasis at the edge of the central Anatolian plain. At the time of Paul’s first missionary journey as reported in (Acts 13:1-14:26), Iconium, Lystra, Pisidian Antioch, and Derbe were all considered part of Galatia. Paul and Barnabas were driven from the city by jealous members of the local Jewish community. They went on to Lystra, some eighteen miles south, but were hounded even there by Antiochian and Iconian Jews. They managed, nonetheless, to return to Iconium in order to encourage the fledgling church they had begun there (Acts 14:21-23). On his second missionary journey as reported in (Acts 15:40-18:21), Paul visited Iconium again (Acts 16:1-6), when he recruited as his companion Timothy of Lystra, who was well known and respected in Iconium. The church in Iconium may have been among the addressees of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and of 1 Peter (Gal 1:2; Gal 3:1; 1Pet 1:1). The persecutions of Paul’s first visit to the city were later recalled in (2Tim 3:11).

Acts 13:1-14:26

Barnabas and Saul Commissioned
1Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a ... View more

Acts 14:21-23

The Return to Antioch in Syria
21After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium a ... View more

Acts 15:40-18:21

40But Paul chose Silas and set out, the believers commending him to the grace of the Lord.41He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.Chapte ... View more

Acts 16:1-6

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
1Paul went on also to Derbe and to Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer; ... View more

Gal 1:2

2and all the members of God's family who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:

Gal 3:1

Law or Faith
1You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified!

1Pet 1:1

1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

2Tim 3:11

11my persecutions and suffering the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of ... View more

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