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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  a  province  in  Asia  Minor,  to  the  south  of  the  Euxine  and 
  Propontis  Christian  congregations  were  here  formed  at  an  early 
  time  (1  Pet.  1:1).  Paul  was  prevented  by  the  Spirit  from 
  entering  this  province  (Acts  16:7).  It  is  noted  in  church 
  history  as  the  province  ruled  over  by  Pliny  as  Roman  proconsul, 
  who  was  perplexed  as  to  the  course  he  should  take  with  the 
  numerous  Christians  brought  before  his  tribunal  on  account  of 
  their  profession  of  Christianity  and  their  conduct,  and  wrote  to 
  Trajan  the  emperor,  for  instructions  (A.D.  107). 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Bithynia,  violent  precipitation