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A main point of interest, however, is connected with the progress of Christianity among the non-Jewish believers. In the dispersion of the original Church at Jerusalem, during the troubles ensuing on the bold action of Stephen, certain Cypriote and Cyrenaic Jews, who had been brought up in Greek communities and who had different perspectives on the world than the Palestinian Jews, came to Antioch.Tradition holds that the first Gentile church was founded in Antioch, Acts -21, where it is recorded that the disciples of Jesus Christ were first called Christians Acts -26. There they made the "innovation" of addressing not merely Jews but also Greeks (see Godfearers for the historical background).The Church was formed and founded on Pentecost in Jerusalem.Followers of Jesus as the Messiah (Ha Maschiach), trace the origin of becoming known to the world as 'Christians' to the community founded in Antioch: "Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: and when he found him he brought him to Antioch." For a whole year they met with the church and taught large numbers.
He began, after the Jerusalem decree, addressed to the Gentile converts at Antioch, and ended, his second missionary journey there Acts ,-23. Ignatius was subsequently bishop there for forty years, down to his martyrdom A. However, in the 15th century, it was moved to Syria in response to the Ottoman invasion.
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