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People's Dictionary of the Bible
Joppa (jŏp'pah), or Japho (jâ'pho), beauty, now Jaffa. A town on the southwest coast of Palestine, in the territory of Dan. Joshua 19:46. The harbor, though always as now a dangerous one, became the port of Jerusalem in the days of Solomon, and has been ever since. Here Jonah took ship to flee from the presence of his Maker. Here, on the housetop of Simon, the tanner, "by the seaside," Peter had his vision that led him to preach the gospel to Gentiles. Acts 11:5. In population Joppa has greatly increased within 25 years. A Turkish calendar enumerates 865 Moslem, 135 Greek, 70 Greek Catholic, 50 Latin, 6 Maronite, and 5 Armenian families. It now has daily railway trains to Jerusalem. There are flourishing colonies settled in the vicinity, which foster various industries.
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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Joppa'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/j/joppa.html. 1893.