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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Philadelphia

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City of Lydia, in the west of Asia Minor. It was founded by Attalus Philadelphus, king of Pergamos. It has been more or less destroyed by earthquakes several times, but is still an important town, with ancient ruins, called Alla Shehr. Revelation 1:11; Revelation 3:7 .

The assembly in this city was one of the "seven churches in Asia" to which the addresses in the Revelation were sent. The address to Philadelphia shows that the church there was characterised by little strength, but by faithfulness. If the seven addresses be viewed historically, this one comes after those representing Popery and Protestantism, intimating that when all hope of restoring the church is over, there may still be found a company keeping Christ's word and not denying His name. See REVELATION.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Philadelphia'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/p/philadelphia.html. 1897.

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