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Jaffa aka Joppa

In Israel, there is Bible-relevant history everywhere you look. The ancient city of Joppa dates back to 2000 B.C. suggesting it was established after the flood by one of Noah’s sons – probably Japheth.


Joppa is one of the oldest ports in the world making it very important to Ancient Israel. Solomon had the supplies to build the temple, sent by Hiram, King of Tyre, brought in through Joppa.


Old Jaffa

Later when Ezra was rebuilding the temple, supplies were sent to Joppa from Lebanon.



Joppa also is famous as the port from which the prophet Jonah caught a boat to Tarshish to flee the command of the LORD to go to Ninevah to tell them of the coming judgment of God for their sin.

You may remember that Jonah ended up being thrown overboard and was subsequently swallowed by a large fish where he stayed for 3 days and 3 nights before being vomited out on dry land.


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