They land in Tyre (Acts 21:3)

“We came in sight

Of Cyprus.

We left it

On our left.

We sailed to Syria.

We landed at Tyre.

The ship was to unload

Its cargo there.”

ἀναφάναντες δὲ τὴν Κύπρον καὶ καταλιπόντες αὐτὴν εὐώνυμον ἐπλέομεν εἰς Συρίαν, καὶ κατήλθομεν εἰς Τύρον· ἐκεῖσε γὰρ τὸ πλοῖον ἦν ἀποφορτιζόμενον τὸν γόμον.

The author of Acts indicated that they came in sight (ἀναφάναντες) of Cyprus (δὲ τὴν Κύπρον).  They passed it on their left (καὶ καταλιπόντες αὐτὴν εὐώνυμον).  They sailed (ἐπλέομεν) to Syria (εἰς Συρίαν), but landed (καὶ κατήλθομεν) at Tyre (εἰς Τύρον), where the ship (γὰρ τὸ πλοῖον) was to unload (ἦν ἀποφορτιζόμενον) its cargo (τὸν γόμον).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἀποφορτιζόμενον, that means to discharge or unload a cargo.  Along the way, they passed by the island of Cyprus, but they landed in Tyre, in Syria.  Tyre is located in present-day Lebanon, established in 2750 BCE, making it one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.  The present city of Tyre covers a large part of the original island and has expanded onto and covers most of the causeway built by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE.  In 64 BCE, this area of Syria finally became a province of the Roman Empire, but Tyre was allowed to keep much of its independence.  Tyre continued to maintain much of its commercial importance, as its geographical location made Tyre the natural port of Damascus, along the Silk Road.  Thus, it was natural to have a cargo unload here in Tyre.  Have you ever been on a cargo ship?

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