Joppa, an ancient Mediterranean harbor of Canaan, was the geographical setting for several events in biblical history.

When Solomon was to construct the temple, the king of Tyre offered,  “We will get all the timber you need from Lebanon and bring it in raft-like bundles by sea to Joppa. You can then haul it on up to Jerusalem.” (2 Chron. 2:16, NET).

Joppa was again used in this same manner when the second temple was rebuilt (Ezra 3:7). It’s about 35 miles from Joppa to Jerusalem.

Joppa figures in with the narrative of Jonah, who, when God told him to preach to Nineveh, “Instead, Jonah immediately headed off to Tarshish to escape from the commission of the LORD. He traveled to Joppa and found a merchant ship heading to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went aboard it to go with them to Tarshish far away from the LORD” (Jonah 1:3, NET).

In NT times, there were disciples of Christ at Joppa. It was here that Peter raised Tabitha from the dead (Acts 9:36-43). Peter remained at Joppa for “many days” (Acts 9:43) and was there when the Gentile Cornelius, a Roman centurion stationed at Caesarea,  sent for him, that he could hear the Gospel message of salvation (Acts 10; 11:1-18; see esp. 11:14).

Joppa, ancient harbor on Israel’s coast. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

This photo of Joppa was taken in 1999, a 35mm slide which I had digitalized.

I posted an aerial photo of Joppa here.

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