P.1831 - §4 Jesus
and the twelve were on their way to visit Abner and his associates, who
were preaching and teaching in Philadelphia. Of all the cities of Perea,
in Philadelphia the largest group of Jews and gentiles, rich and poor,
learned and unlearned, embraced the teachings of the seventy, thereby
entering into the kingdom of heaven. The synagogue of Philadelphia had
never been subject to the supervision of the Sanhedrin at Jerusalem and
therefore had never been closed to the teachings of Jesus and his associates.
At this very time, Abner was teaching three times a day in the Philadelphia
In the 13th century BC Amman was called Rabbath Ammon or Rabat Amon by the Ammonites (è·Ñ·¼ê â·Þ¼Õ¹ß, Standard Hebrew Rabbat ¿Ammon, Tiberian Hebrew Rabbao ¿Ammôn). It was later conquered by the Assyrians, followed by the Persians, and then the Greeks. Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the Hellenic ruler of Egypt, renamed it Philadelphia. The city became part of the Nabataean kingdom until 106 AD when Philadelphia came under Roman control and joined the Decapolis.
In 324 AD, Christianity became the religion of the empire and Philadelphia became the seat of a bishopric during the beginning of the Byzantine era. One of the churches of this period can be seen on the city's Citadel.
Matt Neibaur, June 12, 2008
World's oldest Christian church discovered in Jordan, Telegraph.co.uk, June 11, 2008.
Archaeologists unearth 'first church in the world' in Rehab, June 9, 2008, Rula Samain. (earliest report)
Is this Christianity's first church?, Mailonline, June 11, 2008 (most photos)
World's Oldest Christian Church?, Newsfeed Researcher, June 11, 2008 (most details)
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This article notes the seventy, whose head was Abner. It would be a wonderful discovery if UB readers could find any reference to Abner at this site, because Abner is not mentioned outside the UB.