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Beroea (See also wiki article Veria.)

BEROEA - A town in the district of Macedonia called Emathia. The earliest certain reference to it occurs in an inscription of the end of the 4th cent. BC. After the battle of Pydna (168 BC) in which the Romans destroyed the Macedonian kingdom, it was the first city which surrendered to the Romans. In winter 49-48 BC it was the headquarters of Pompey's infantry. In St. Paul's time there was a Jewish community there to which he preached the gospel with success (Ac.17.10, 13 [Sopater, a native] 20.4). It was a populous city, and is in modern times called Veria by Greeks, Karaferia by Turks, and Ber by Slavs. [Article: Dictionary of the Bible, J.Hastings, 2nd Ed., T&T.Clark, 1963. - A.So. - E.G.K.]