Asia

Concise Bible Dictionary:

This term in the New Testament does not refer to the portion of the earth now called Asia, nor does it include the whole of Asia Minor; but applies simply to the western part of Asia Minor, which was bequeathed to Rome by Attalus III. Philometor, king of Pergamus or king of Asia, B.C. 133. The province, with Ephesus as its capital, included Caria, Lydia, and Mysia, which were anciently called Doris, Ionia, and AEolis. It was governed by a proconsul. In Acts 2:9-109Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, (Acts 2:9‑10) “Asia” does not include Cappadocia, Pontus, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, which are all included in Asia Minor. Again, in Acts 16:66Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, (Acts 16:6), Phrygia and Galatia are distinct from Asia (see also 1 Peter 1:11Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (1 Peter 1:1)). It will be seen in the map that all the seven churches of Asia, mentioned in the Revelation, are in the above named district. As Paul labored in other parts of Asia Minor, and there being frequent intercourse between the various places and Ephesus, it may be that a wider area is in some passages referred to as “Asia,” as in Acts 19:10, 26-2710And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. (Acts 19:10)
26Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: 27So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. (Acts 19:26‑27)
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Strong’s Dictionary of Greek Words:

Greek:
Ἀσία
Transliteration:
Asia
Phonic:
as-ee’-ah
Meaning:
of uncertain derivation; Asia, i.e. Asia Minor, or (usually) only its western shore
KJV Usage:
Asia

Jackson’s Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names:

slime: mire

Potts’ Bible Proper Names:

Middle; full of mud; Orient; the East; aurora:―Asia Minor, Acts 2:9. {Medium}