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Smyrna meaning

Σμυρνα
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🔼The name Smyrna in the Bible

Smyrna is the name of a city in Asia Minor, in present day Turkey. It's now named Izmir and is situated on Turkey's western shore, a little farther north than Athens in Greece, across the Aegean Sea.

In the Bible the name Smyrna occurs only in the Book of Revelation. It's one of the seven churches to which this Book is addressed (Revelation 1:11). In Revelation 2:8 occurs the adjective Σμυρναιος (Smurnaios), meaning of Smyrna.

The message from Jesus to the congregation in Smyrna contains twice a reference to His resurrection (2:8, 2:11). That is probably no coincidence.

🔼Etymology of the name Smyrna

It's not uncontested where the name Smyrna might come from. It appears to be an adaptation from an ancient word, but it's not known which word and what it might have meant. But the adaptation upon which finally was settled is identical to the noun σμυρνα (smurna), which comes from the Hebrew and Aramaic word מר or מור (mor), meaning myrrh:

🔼Smyrna meaning

The name Smyrna means Myrrh and is obviously related to the name Samaria and Marathon. Read our article on the name Nicodemus for a possible reason why Jesus referred so lavishly to His resurrection in His message to Smyrna.

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