island

island

A body of land surrounded on all sides by water. A number of specific islands are referred to in the Bible. 1 Arvad, in northern Phoenicia, an island-city located two miles offshore (Ezek 27:8; Ezek 27:11). 2 Cauda, a small island south of Crete where, Acts records, Paul took refuge during a storm (Acts 27:13-17). 3 Chios, an island off the northern coast of Ionia (Acts 20:15). 4 Cos, an island off the southwest coast of Asia Minor, fifty miles northwest of Rhodes, to which Paul sailed on his way back to Jerusalem (Acts 21:1). 5 Crete (biblical Caphtor), a famous island, 160 miles long, reputed to be the place of origin of the Philistines (Jer 47:4; Amos 9:7). Paul sailed along its coast (Acts 27:7-21). It is also the area for which Titus was appointed as supervisor (Titus 1:5-14). 6 Cyprus, a large island located seventy-five miles off the northern Levant coast (Jer 2:10; Ezek 27:6; Acts 4:36; Acts 11:19-20; Acts 13:4; Acts 15:39; Acts 21:3; Acts 21:16; Acts 27:4). 7 Malta, a small island fifty miles south of Sicily, on which Paul, according to Acts, was shipwrecked (Acts 27:39-28:10). 8 Patmos, a small island off the Ionian coast, west of the island of Samos, on which John received his revelation (Rev 1:9). 9 Rhodes, an island off the southwest coast of Asia Minor visited in the course of Paul’s return to Jerusalem (Acts 21:1). 10 Samos, located off the Ionian coast, twelve miles southwest of ancient Ephesus (Acts 20:14). 11 Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands. It was visited by Paul when he landed and stayed for three days at Syracuse, its leading city (Acts 28:12). 12 Tarshish, possibly Sardinia (Ps 72:10; Ezek 27:25). 13 Tyre, an island-city of the Phoenicians that was famous for its trade and wealth (Ezek 26-28). It was conquered by Alexander the Great after he built a half-mile-long mole from the coast to the island. Thereafter it remained connected to the mainland.

Ezek 27:8

8The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad
were your rowers;
skilled men of Zemer were within you,
they were your pilots.

Ezek 27:11

11Men of Arvad and Helech
were on your walls all around;
men of Gamad were at your towers.
They hung their quivers all around your walls;
they made perfect your ... View more

Acts 27:13-17

The Storm at Sea
13When a moderate south wind began to blow, they thought they could achieve their purpose; so they weighed anchor and began to sail past Crete, ... View more

Acts 20:15

15We sailed from there, and on the following day we arrived opposite Chios. The next day we touched at Samos, and the day after that we came to Miletus.

Acts 21:1

Paul's Journey to Jerusalem
1When we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patar ... View more

Jer 47:4

4because of the day that is coming
to destroy all the Philistines,
to cut off from Tyre and Sidon
every helper that remains.
For the Lord is destroying the Phil ... View more

Amos 9:7

7Are you not like the Ethiopians to me,
O people of Israel? says the Lord.
Did I not bring Israel up from the land of Egypt,
and the Philistines from Caphtor an ... View more

Acts 27:7-21

7We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind was against us, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone.8Sai ... View more

Titus 1:5-14

Titus in Crete
5I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, a ... View more

Jer 2:10

10Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look,
send to Kedar and examine with care;
see if there has ever been such a thing.

Ezek 27:6

6From oaks of Bashan
they made your oars;
they made your deck of pines
from the coasts of Cyprus,
inlaid with ivory.

Acts 4:36

36There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”).

Acts 11:19-20

The Church in Antioch
19Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, ... View more

Acts 13:4

The Apostles Preach in Cyprus
4So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

Acts 15:39

39The disagreement became so sharp that they parted company; Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.

Acts 21:3

3We came in sight of Cyprus; and leaving it on our left, we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, because the ship was to unload its cargo there.

Acts 21:16

16Some of the disciples from Caesarea also came along and brought us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to stay.

Acts 27:4

4Putting out to sea from there, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us.

Acts 27:39-28:10

The Shipwreck
39In the morning they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned to run the ship ashore, if they could ... View more

Rev 1:9

A Vision of Christ
9I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos ... View more

Acts 21:1

Paul's Journey to Jerusalem
1When we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patar ... View more

Acts 20:14

14When he met us in Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene.

Acts 28:12

12We put in at Syracuse and stayed there for three days;

Ps 72:10

10May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles
render him tribute,
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
bring gifts.

Ezek 27:25

25The ships of Tarshish traveled for you in your trade.
So you were filled and heavily laden
in the heart of the seas.

Ezek 26-28

Proclamation against Tyre
1In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me:2Mortal, because Tyre said concerning Jerusalem, ... View more

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