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Bible Meaning: A trojan
Strong's Concordance #G5174

Troas was one of the great western Asia Minor ports of the Roman Empire, boasting a first century population of more than 50,000. It flourished as a commercial and maritime center at the time of Paul.

Troas is noteworthy as the city where God led the Apostle Paul after twice blocking his attempts to travel to other parts of Asia Minor (Acts 16:6 - 8).

A Rare Miracle

During Paul's third evangelistic journey, he stays in Troas several days in order to strengthen new believers. It is during one of his marathon teaching sessions in the city that one of the greatest and rarest Biblical miracles will take place!

A man named Eutychus, sitting on a nearby windowsill, listens to Paul preach late into the night. Drifting off to sleep, the man accidently falls three stories to his death. Rushing to his aid, the apostle embraces him and brings him back to life (Acts 20:7 - 12)! The resurrection God performed through him in the city is the tenth and last one (not including Jesus') recorded in Scripture.

God's Redirection of Apostle Paul to Troas Map
Location of Troas in Province of Asia

A Prized Possession

Paul, who in 67 A.D. is in Rome as a prisoner, knows he will soon die as a martyr. Understanding that his time is short, he seeks to canonize his writings for inclusion in the Bible. In his last epistle, he asks his close friend Timothy to bring him something special from Troas.

"When you come, bring the chest that I left in Troas with Carpus, and the books - especially the parchments" (2Timothy 4:13, HBFV).

This chest contained, according to the Holy Bible Faithful Version, what Paul needed to complete his writings.

"We can deduce that this chest contained Paul's own writings - as well as extra sheets of parchment or animal skins that had been made into blank pages for writing. Once Timothy and Mark arrived with these items, Paul could then add the final inspired additions to his Epistles" (HBFV, page 69).

Important Verses

Acts 16:6 - 8, 11
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, after they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas . . .

Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis.

Acts 20:4 - 5
And there accompanied him (Paul) into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus (Timothy); and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. These going before tarried for us at Troas.

2Corinthians 2:12 - 13
Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.

2Timothy 4:9, 11, 13
Do thy diligence (Timothy) to come shortly unto me (Apostle Paul) . . . Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry . . . The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

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