And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 100:4,5 NASB
Caesarea Philippi City Gate
In the past, the city had many names. In Old Testament times it was called Ba’al Hermon (Jud. 3:3), likely because the god Ba’al was worshipped there. Later in New Testament times the name of the city was changed to Caesarea Philippi (Caesar’s City of Philip).
Cornelius, a Roman officer, was converted to Christianity in Caesarea (Acts 10:1, 24). Peter’s mission to Caesarea helped to expand the Christian population among the Gentiles (Acts 10).The apostle Peter visited Philip, who was a prominent Christian leader who lived there (Acts 21:8). Caesarea was also the place of Paul’s imprisonment for two years, before his journey to Rome. In AD 70 Roman general Titus returned to Caesarea after conquering Jerusalem, as did Flavius Silva in AD 73 after defeating the fortress cities of Masada and Herodium. During the Byzantine period, Caesarea became a center of Christian learning.
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