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zidon in the Bible

a fishery, a town on the Mediterranean coast, about 25 miles north of Tyre. It received its name from the "first-born" of Canaan, the grandson of Noah (Gen. 10:15, 19). It was the first home of the Phoenicians on the coast of Palestine, and from its extensive commercial relations became a "great" city (Josh. 11:8; 19:28). It was the mother city of Tyre. It lay within the lot of the tribe of Asher, but was never subdued (Judg. 1:31). The Zidonians long oppressed Israel (Judg. 10:12). From the time of David its glory began to wane, and Tyre, its "virgin daughter" (Isa. 23:12), rose to its place of pre-eminence. Solomon entered into a matrimonial alliance with the Zidonians, and thus their form of idolatrous worship found a place in the land of Israel (1 Kings 11:1, 33). This city was famous for its manufactures and arts, as well as for its commerce (1 Kings 5:6; 1 Chr. 22:4; Ezek. 27:8). It is frequently referred to by the prophets (Isa. 23:2, 4, 12; Jer. 25:22; 27:3; 47:4; Ezek. 27:8; 28:21, 22; 32:30; Joel 3:4). Our Lord visited the "coasts" of Tyre and Zidon = Sidon (q.v.), Matt. 15:21; Mark 7:24; Luke 4:26; and from this region many came forth to hear him preaching (Mark 3:8; Luke 6:17). From Sidon, at which the ship put in after leaving Caesarea, Paul finally sailed for Rome (Acts 27:3, 4). This city is now a town of 10,000 inhabitants, with remains of walls built in the twelfth century A.D. In 1855, the sarcophagus of Eshmanezer was discovered. From a Phoenician inscription on its lid, it appears that he was a "king of the Sidonians," probably in the third century B.C., and that his mother was a priestess of Ashtoreth, "the goddess of the Sidonians." In this inscription Baal is mentioned as the chief god of the Sidonians.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • The inhabitants of zidon and Arvad were the sailors and her wise men pilots.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • zidon, like Tyre, a Phoenician coast city, rich and commercial.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • Its two great cities were, zidon, the mother of Mediterranean commerce; and Tyre, her daughter.

    The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut
  • Baldwin I. received him splendidly, and availed himself of his aid to capture the town of zidon.

  • Neither did Ashur drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of zidon.

  • Zarephath, a village on a promontory by the shore, about eight miles south of zidon.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • It has been said that there is no special transgression mentioned why zidon should be judged.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • The predictions about Tyrus and zidon are followed by the prophecies against Egypt.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • zidon was one of the most ancient towns in history, and the mother city of Tyre, which was 20 miles south of it.

    The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut
  • The rowers were from zidon and Arvad, while Tyre itself furnished their pilots or steersmen.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood

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