Paul said, “I did not go up to Jerusalem (οὐδὲ ἀνῆλθον εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα) to those who were apostles before me (τοὺς πρὸ ἐμοῦ ἀποστόλους), but I went away into Arabia (ἀλλὰ ἀπῆλθον εἰς Ἀραβίαν). Afterward, I returned to Damascus (καὶ πάλιν ὑπέστρεψα εἰς Δαμασκόν).” Only this Galatian epistle used this word Ἀραβίαν, that means Arabia, a peninsula of Asia near Africa, south of Palestine, or the trans-Jordan desert area. Paul maintained that he did go to Jerusalem after his conversion as a follower of Christ to get in touch with the other early apostles of Jesus. Instead, he went into Arabia. In Acts, chapter 9, there was no mention of Paul going to Arabia. This was the desert experience of Paul. He may have gone to Mount Sinai or Mount Horeb on the Sinai Peninsula to be like Moses. Then he returned to Damascus, and not Jerusalem. Where have you traveled to?
The princes of the Arabian Peninsula were the favorite trading partners of Tyre as regards livestock, especially lambs, rams, and goats. The princes of Kedar referred to those dark skinned Arabs who were descendants of Ishmael that lived in the northwestern section of the Arabian Peninsula.
The caravan trade had been very lucrative. Thus the camels with all their goodies would travel to Jerusalem from eastern Midian and Ephah that were in Arabia. Sheba was in southern Arabia, prominent in the stories of King Solomon. They were bringing the traditional gifts of gold and frankincense, which was an expensive spice. They were going to proclaim the praises of Yahweh. So too, the flocks from the eastern desert area from the Arab tribes of Kedar, as well as the rams of the Nebaioth tribe, would be gifts for Jerusalem. These would be acceptable at the altar of Yahweh in his house.
“Then King Ptolemy entered Antioch. He put on the crown of Asia. Thus he put two crowns upon his head, the crown of Egypt and that of Asia. Now King Alexander was in Cilicia at that time, because the people of that region were in revolt. When King Alexander heard of it, he came against him in battle. King Ptolemy marched out and met him with a strong force. He put him to flight. King Alexander fled into Arabia to find protection there. King Ptolemy was exalted. Zabdiel the Arab cut off the head of Alexander and sent it to King Ptolemy. However, King Ptolemy died three days later. His troops in the strongholds were killed by the inhabitants of the strongholds. Thus Demetrius became king in the one hundred sixty-seventh year.”
The Egyptian King Ptolemy VI entered Antioch and put on the crown as the King of Asia. Thus he had 2 crowns as king of both Asia and Egypt. King Alexander was in Cilicia, which is Turkey or Asia Minor, putting down a revolt when this happened. He returned to battle his father-in-law who had taken his wife and crown away from him. However, King Ptolemy put King Alexander I to flight where he fled to Arabia. There the Arab Zabdiel cut off his head and sent it back to King Ptolemy VI. Everything was going good for the Egyptian king but then he died 3 days later. In a strange twist of fate, King Demetrius II became the king of Asia and Egypt in 145 BCE. He was the son of King Demetrius I, who had been in exile in Crete after the death of his father 5 years earlier. Thus he was a rather young man.