I have this sneaking suspicion that the Asia listed in Acts is not the continent of Asia.

Acts 19:9-10 ESV But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

Acts 20:16 ESV For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.

If that's the case, then what is the Asia of the Bible?

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You are correct. Asia as referred to in the bible was a province in the Roman Empire. See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_(Roman_province)

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For further information, refer to the etymology section of the main Wikipedia article on Asia.

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    It is, however, a part of what we now call Asia. But, then again so is Israel.
    – trlkly
    Aug 14, 2014 at 15:20

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