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[jop-uh] /ˈdʒɒp ə/
ancient name of Jaffa. Unabridged
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  • It was but little to reach the Joppa gate, and the sun was but setting when he turned into the highway leading toward the sea.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • When the Romans took Joppa, the same skeleton was carried to Italy in triumph.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • A swift messenger from the governor of Joppa brought strange news to the procurator.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • Like Dorcas of Joppa, "she was full of good works and alms deeds."

  • Peter made a long sojourn at Joppa, at the house of a tanner named Simon who dwelt near the sea.

    The Apostles Ernest Renan
  • After he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • From Lydda he repaired to Joppa, a city which appears to have been a centre for Christianity.

  • The next day he rose and went with them, and some of the disciples from Joppa went with him.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • But Jonah was on board the Joppa and Tarshish boat, and he "was fast asleep."

    A Few Words About the Devil Charles Bradlaugh
  • And I don't care if you go along with all the old men from here to Joppa.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for Joppa


the biblical name of Jaffa, the port from which Jonah embarked (Jonah 1:3)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Joppa in the Bible

beauty, a town in the portion of Dan (Josh. 19:46; A.V., "Japho"), on a sandy promontory between Caesarea and Gaza, and at a distance of 30 miles north-west from Jerusalem. It is one of the oldest towns in Asia. It was and still is the chief sea-port of Judea. It was never wrested from the Phoenicians. It became a Jewish town only in the second century B.C. It was from this port that Jonah "took ship to flee from the presence of the Lord" (Jonah 1:3). To this place also the wood cut in Lebanon by Hiram's men for Solomon was brought in floats (2 Chr. 2:16); and here the material for the building of the second temple was also landed (Ezra 3:7). At Joppa, in the house of Simon the tanner, "by the sea-side," Peter resided "many days," and here, "on the house-top," he had his "vision of tolerance" (Acts 9:36-43). It bears the modern name of Jaffa, and exibituds all the decrepitude and squalor of cities ruled over by the Turks. "Scarcely any other town has been so often overthrown, sacked, pillaged, burned, and rebuilt." Its present population is said to be about 16,000. It was taken by the French under Napoleon in 1799, who gave orders for the massacre here of 4,000 prisoners. It is connected with Jerusalem by the only carriage road that exists in the country, and also by a railway completed in 1892. It is noticed on monuments B.C. 1600-1300, and was attacked by Sannacharib B.C. 702.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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