BAR 39:06, Nov/Dec 2013
Paul’s perilous passage through Pisidia
“Then Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos [in Cyprus] and came to Perga in Pamphylia [in southern Anatolia] …They passed on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia [in central Anatolia].”
Why Perga? Paul and Barnabas returned to Perga (Greek, Perge) where Paul preached (“spoke the word”) and then “went down to Attalia and from there they sailed to [Syrian] Antioch” (Acts 14:26).
These are the only references to Perga in the Acts of the Apostles—or elsewhere in the New Testament, for that matter.