sultry or sandy, a town and harbour of Phoenicia, in the tribe of Asher, but never acquired by them (Judg. 1:31). It was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans by the name of Ptolemais, from Ptolemy the king of Egypt, who rebuilt it about B.C. 100. Here Paul landed on his last journey to Jerusalem (Acts 21:7). During the crusades of the Middle Ages it was called Acra; and subsequently, on account of its being occupied by the Knights Hospitallers of Jerusalem, it was called St. Jean d'Acre, or simply Acre.
Its command of accho gave it access to the treasures of the shore and of the sea.
But the storm abated, and, after a journey of one month, the ship sailed into the harbor of accho (3rd Sivan—16th May).
Demetrius was obliged to flee before Zabina, and could not even find a refuge in accho, where his wife Cleopatra resided.
The emigrants from Spain were457 received in a friendly manner by the congregation of accho.
Eleven rabbis of his college signed this threat against the heresy-hunter of accho.
accho was at this time a very nest of Kabbalists and mystics, of whom the greater number were pupils of Nachmani.
Neither did Ashur drive out the inhabitants of accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon.
He besieged the fortified city of accho for more than a month, and then took it by storm (18th May, 1291).
accho likewise surrendered, and Gaza voluntarily opened its gates to him.