a city of Macedonia to which Paul with Silas and Timotheus went when persecuted at Thessalonica (Acts 17:10, 13), and from which also he was compelled to withdraw, when he fled to the sea-coast and thence sailed to Athens (14, 15). Sopater, one of Paul's companions belonged to this city, and his conversion probably took place at this time (Acts 20:4). It is now called Verria.
city, Madison county, central Kentucky, U.S., near the Cumberland Mountains, 14 miles (23 km) south of Richmond. The history of the city is centred on Berea College, founded by abolitionists in 1855 and one of the most highly regarded private colleges in the South. The school gives each student a full-tuition scholarship. In exchange, students work 10 to 15 hours per week in one of more than 140 departments, including those producing traditional regional crafts (weaving, ceramics, woodworking, ironworking, and broomcraft); in the school-owned Boone Tavern Hotel and its restaurant; on its 1,200-acre (485-hectare) farm; or in its 7,700-acre (3,115-hectare) forest. Tourism related to the college is important, and Churchill Weavers, one of the nation's largest handweaving companies, is also in Berea. Pop. (1990) 9,126; (2000) 9,851.
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