In biblical times, the name was Joppa, in Hebrew meaning “beauty.” In Joshua 19:46, we learn that this city was allotted to the tribe of Dan. It was the port where cedars from Lebanon came, which were used to construct the first and second temples (2 Chronicles 2:16; Ezra 3:7). The prophet Jonah boarded a ship here, attempting to flee from God’s call to him to go to Nineveh, (Jonah 1:3). The apostle Peter raised the dead Dorcas here as recorded in Acts 9:36-43.
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