The Ancient Port of Joppa

After we arrived safely from the U.S. and checked into our Tel Aviv hotel, we walked to the beach to enjoy dinner and recover from the 11-hour flight. Tel Aviv is immediately north of ancient Joppa, a biblical city that is easily visible from the beaches.

Ancient Joppa, as seen from the Tel Aviv beaches. Photo by Luke Chandler.

Biblical events at Joppa:

  • Cedar wood from Lebanon arrived here for Solomon’s temple (2 Chronicles 2:16) and for the temple rebuilt by Zerubbabel following the return from Babylon (Ezra 3:7).
  • Jonah boarded a ship to Tarshish here while attempting to flee God’s presence. (Jonah 1:3)
  • Peter raised a woman named Dorcas (a.k.a. Tabitha) from the dead, resulting in many conversions to Jesus’ gospel (Acts 9:36ff). Peter also stayed for some time in the house of Simon the tanner, and saw a remarkable vision regarding Gentile converts while praying on the roof. (Acts 10:9ff).

The ancient port city of Joppa (a.k.a. Yafo, Jaffa). The modern city has essentially become enjoined with its northern neighbor Tel Aviv. Photo by Luke Chandler.

Here is a short video about the site, hurriedly filmed while awaiting the arrival of dinner.

Speaking of dinner, we had a nice “Welcome to Israel” meal on a breezy beach. Here is our group, ready and waiting to eat.

Three people are traveling with me in Israel. (l to r) Grady Persell, who is an old friend from college, and my parents Hope and Royce Chandler.

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    About LukeChandler

    Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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    3 Responses to The Ancient Port of Joppa

    1. afrankangle says:

      Luke,
      Good luck with your work and I look forward to reading when I can. (Time has been short of late.)

      • lukechandler says:

        Thanks, Frank. I know exactly what you mean. Hope you’re making good progress on your own project.

    2. Amanda Payne says:

      Luke, so glad you all made it safely! Looking forward to keeping up via your blog!

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