After the death of The first Christian martyr More many Greek-speaking believers flee Jerusalem for Antioch in Syria, where they establish a growing community of new Christ followers. Christian missionary and companion of Paul on his early journeys. More and The first king of Israel More (A Christian missionary who once persecuted the church More) come to this new congregation as prophets and teachers (11:25‒26; 13:1). “In Antioch . . . the disciples were first called ‘Christians’” (11:26).
After the death of Stephen, many Greek-speaking believers in Jerusalem flee to other Mediterranean cities. Those who go to Antioch in Syria, called by one ancient writer the “third among the cities of the Roman world,” have God-given success in drawing many people to belief in Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity More. Antioch had a large and well-established Jewish population as well as a predominantly A gentile is anyone who is not Jewish. The term, which is derived from words that the Bible uses to denote the "nations" of the world, reflects beliefs that God had designated Israel as a nation that would be distinct from others, and a blessing... More population. Beyond Jerusalem, in this great and diverse cosmopolitan city, believers are first identified as “Christians” or “Christ-ones” by those outside the Christ community. In Acts, the most common self-designation for the Christ-believing fellowship is “the Way” (9:2; 18:25‒26; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22).