James R. Edwards

ASIARCH INSCRIPTION. The Greek word Asiarchs appears just once in the New Testament—in Acts 19:31—and is translated as “officials of the province of Asia.” A number of Greek inscriptions include this word, such as this inscription from a pillar at the theater of Miletus, 30 miles from Ephesus. It includes the name “M(arcus) Antonius Apollodorus, the Asiarch.” In other inscriptions Asiarchs are paired with the epithets “philanthropists,” “benefactors” and “orators.”