20. Joppa

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Looking northwestward over the port city of Joppa.

Significant Events: Jonah went to Joppa to take a ship to Tarshish (Jonah 1:1–3). Joppa was the seaport that Solomon and later Zerubbabel used when bringing timbers from the cedar forests of Lebanon to build their temples (2 Chr. 2:16; Ezra 3:7). Here Peter raised Tabitha, also known as Dorcas, back to life (Acts 9:36–43). Peter also had the vision of the clean and the unclean animals, revealing to him the need to begin the ministry among the Gentiles (Acts 10). Orson Hyde arrived here to dedicate the Holy Land in 1841. (See BD Joppa.)