Damascus (Duh-mas´kuhs)

The capital city of modern Syria, located about sixty miles east of the Mediterranean coast almost directly east of Sidon. One of the oldest continuously inhabited sites, Damascus figured long and often in biblical awareness. It was a reference place for Abraham’s rescue of his kinsmen (Gen 14:15). David brought it within Israelite control (2Sam 8:5-6), but during Solomon’s reign the first of a series of Aramean kings made Damascus his capital city, continuing to intervene in the life of Israel and Judah until the Assyrian conquest in 732 BCE. Later, Roman conquests brought Damascus under the rule of Nabatean governors, including Aretas IV, who was in charge when Paul came to Damascus (Acts 9:2-30; 2Cor 11:3; Gal 1:17).

Gen 14:15

15He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and routed them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.

2Sam 8:5-6

5When the Arameans of Damascus came to help King Hadadezer of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand men of the Arameans.6Then David put garrisons among the Ar ... View more

Acts 9:2-30

2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. ... View more

2Cor 11:3

3But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by its cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Gal 1:17

17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.

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