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Laodicea

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  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: No
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: Yes
  • Included in BDB: No

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Easton's Bible Dictionary
Laodicea

The city of this name mentioned in Scripture lay on the confines of Phrygia and Lydia, about 40 miles east of Ephesus (Revelation 3:14), on the banks of the Lycus. It was originally called Diospolis and then Rhoas, but afterwards Laodicea, from Laodice, the wife of Antiochus II., king of Syria, who rebuilt it. It was one of the most important and flourishing cities of Asia Minor. At a very early period it became one of the chief seats of Christianity (Colossians 2:1; 4:15; Revelation 1:11, etc.). It is now a deserted place, called by the Turks Eski-hissar or "old castle."


Hitchcock's Names Dictionary
Laodicea

just people


Naves Topical Index
Laodicea

A Phrygian city.

Paul's concern for
Colossians 2:1

Epaphras' zeal for
Colossians 4:13

Epistle to the Colossians to be read in
Colossians 4:15-16

Message to, through John
Revelation 1:11; Revelation 3:14-22


Smith's Bible Dictionary
Laodicea

(justice of the people), a town in the Roman province of Asia situated in the valley of the M'ander, on a small river called the Lycus, with Coloss' and Hierapolis a few miles distant to the west. Built, or rather rebuilt, by one of the Seleucid monarchs, and named in honor of his wife, Laodicea became under the Roman government a place of some importance. Its trade was considerable; it lay on the line of a great road; and it was the seat of a conventus . From the third chapter and seventeenth verse of Revelation we should gather it was a place of great wealth. Christianity was introduced into Laodicea, not, however, as it would seem, through the direct agency of St. Paul. We have good reason for believing that when, in writing from Rome to the Christians of Coloss', he sent a greeting to those of Laodicea, he had not personally visited either place. But the preaching of the gospel at Ephesus, (Acts 18:19; Acts 19:41) must inevitably have resulted in the formation of churches in the neighboring cities, especially where Jews were settled; and there were Jews in Laodicea. In subsequent times it became a Christian city of eminence, the see of bishop and a meeting-place of councils. The Mohammedan invaders destroyed it, and it is now a scene of utter desolation, as was prophesied in (Revelation 3:14-22) and the extensive ruins near Denislu justify all that we read of Laodicea in Greek and Roman writers. Another biblical subject of interest is connected with Laodicea. From (Colossians 4:16) it appears that St. Paul wrote a letter to this place when he wrote the letter to Coloss'. Ussher's view is that it was the same as the Epistle to the Ephesians, which was a circular letter sent to Laodicea among other places. The apocryphal Epistola ad Laodicenses is a late and clumsy forgery.


Easton's Bible Dictionary
Laodicea, Epistle From

(Colossians 4:16), was probably the Epistle to the Ephesians, as designed for general circulation. It would reach the Colossians by way of Laodicea.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Laodicean

LAODICE'AN, adjective Like the christians of Laodicea: lukewarm in religion.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Laodiceanism

LAODICE'ANISM, noun Lukewarmness in religion.


Smith's Bible Dictionary
Laodiceans

the inhabitants of Laodicea. (Colossians 4:16; Revelation 3:14)