Biblical toponyms in the united states

Many cities, towns and counties in the United States are named after places from the Bible. This page lists such examples.

Antioch

Antioch on the Orontes (Greek Ἀντιόχεια ἡ ἐπὶ Ὀρόντου Antiocheia hē epi Orontou) was a city on the eastern side of the Orontes River. It was visited by Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Mountains of Ararat

Noah's Ark came to rest in the Mountains of Ararat (Hebrew הרי אררט hārəy Ǎrārāṭ).

Bethabara

Bethabara (Aramaic בית עברה Bēth‛ăbhārāh) is a site where John the Baptist baptized.

Bethany

Bethany (Aramaic: בית עניא, Beth Anya, "house of the figs") was a village near Jerusalem and residence of the siblings Martha, Mary and Lazarus, and also Simon the Leper.

Bethel

Bethel (Ugaritic: bt il, "House of El") was a border town between Benjamin and Ephraim.

Bethesda

The Pool of Bethesda (Aramaic בית חסדא Beth ḥesda "House of Mercy") is a healing pool in Jerusalem.

  • Savannah, Georgia

Bethlehem

Bethlehem (Beit Lehem, "house of the god 'Lahm'") was a town in the hill country of Judah and the birthplace of Jesus (according to Mark and Luke) and David, as well as the place of death of Rachel.

Bethpage

Bethpage or Bethphage (Aramaic בית פגי "House of unripe figs") is a town where Jesus asked the disciples to find a donkey and colt for his Entry into Jerusalem.

Calvary

Calvary or Golgotha (Aramaic: gûlgaltâ גולגלתא "Place of the skull") is the site in Jerusalem where Jesus is said to have been crucified.

Cana

Cana was the site of Jesus's first miracle.

Canaan

Canaan (Phoenician: Kanaʻn; Hebrew: כְּנָעַן Kənáʻan) was a region conquered by the Israelites as the Promised Land.

Carmel

Mount Carmel (Hebrew הַר הַכַּרְמֶל, Har HaKarmel, "God's vineyard") was a sacred mountain where Elijah defeated the prophets of a Ba'al in a contest. Carmel was a town in Judea mentioned as the residence of Nabal and Abigail.

Corinth

Corinth (Greek: Κόρινθος, Kórinthos) was a city on the Isthmus of Corinth. Paul of Tarsus lived there for 18 months, and also wrote two epistles to the Corinthians.

Damascus

Damascus is a Syrian city. The Conversion of Paul the Apostle took place on the road to Damascus.

Eden

The Garden of Eden is where people first appear in the Bible.

Emmaus

Emmaus (Greek: Ἐμμαούς, Emmaous; Hebrew: חמת Hammat, "warm spring") was a town near Jerusalem. Jesus appeared to two of the Apostles on the road between Jerusalem and Emmaus.

Ephesus

Ephesus (Greek: Ἔφεσος Ephesos) was a Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia. Paul of Tarsus lived there for several years, and also wrote an Epistle to the Ephesians.

Galatia

Galatia (Greek Γαλατία) was an area in the highlands of Anatolia. It was visited by Paul of Tarsus, Silas and Timothy, and Paul later wrote an Epistle to the Galatians.

Goshen

The Land of Goshen (Hebrew גֹּשֶׁן Gōšen) was a place settled by the sons of Jacob.

Hebron

Hebron (Hebrew חֶבְרוֹן Ḥeḇrôn, "friend") was a city in Canaan mentioned in several parts of the Old Testament.

Israel

Jacob was named Israel (Hebrew יִשְׂרָאֵל Yisraʾel "persevere with God") by God.

Jericho

Jericho (Hebrew יְרִיחוֹ Yəriḥo, "fragrant" or "Moon") was a city conquered in the battle of Jericho by Joshua and the Children of Israel.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem (Hebrew יְרוּשָׁלַיִם Yerushaláyim, "Abode of Peace" or "Abode of Shalim") was the traditional capital city of the Israelites and site of the Temple.

Jordan

The Jordan River (Hebrew: נהר הירדן Nehar Hayarden) forms the eastern border of Palestine and was the site of the baptism of Jesus.

Towns

Townships

Rivers

Lebanon

Lebanon (Semitic root L-B-N, "white") is a land to the north of Palestine and is mentioned 70 times in the Bible.

Mount Hermon

Mount Hermon (Hebrew הר חרמון Har Hermon) was the northern limit of the Promised Land and possible site of the Transfiguration.

Moab

Moab (Hebrew: מוֹאָב Môʼāḇ, "seed of father") was a strip of land on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. It was founded by a son of Lot.

Mount Olivet

The Mount of Olives or Mount Olivet (Hebrew: הַר הַזֵּיתִים Har HaZeitim) is a mountain east of Jerusalem, most notable as the site of the Olivet discourse and the Ascension of Jesus.

Nazareth

Nazareth (Hebrew נָצְרַת Natzrat / Natzeret) was a village in Galilee which was the childhood home of Jesus.

Nineveh

Nineveh (Hebrew: נינוה Nīnewē) was an Assyrian city on the eastern bank of the Tigris. It is mentioned in several parts of the Bible.

Ophir

Ophir is mentioned in the Bible as a source of King Solomon's wealth.

Palestine

Palestine (Hebrew ארץ־ישראל Eretẓ Yisra'el, "land of Israel"; from ancient root P-R-S-T) is the region between the Mediterranean Sea and River Jordan, where most of the events described in the Bible take place.

Patmos

Patmos (Greek: Πάτμος) was the residence of John of Patmos, author of the Book of Revelation.

Rehoboth

Rehoboth (Hebrew רְחוֹבוֹת Reḥovot, "broad place") is the name of three places in the Bible.

Salem

Salem (sa'lem) [Cana'anite patron god; son of 'Ashtar] is a city mentioned in the biblical Old Testament. It was the royal city of Melchizedek and traditionally identified with Jerusalem.[1]

Shiloh

Shiloh (Hebrew שילו Šîlô / שלו Šīlô / שלה Šīlōh) was an assembly place for the people of Israel where there was a sanctuary containing the Ark of the Covenant.

Shushan

Shushan was the city in which the Book of Esther takes place, it is also referenced in Daniel and Nehemiah.

Tyre

Tyre (Hebrew צר Ṣōr) is a city in the Lebanon mentioned many times in the Old Testament.

Mount Zion

Mount Zion (Hebrew הר צִיּוֹן Har Tsion) is an elevation west of the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem and was used as a name for the Temple Mount or the City of David.

References

  1. ^ "Salem definition of Salem in the Free Online Encyclopedia". Encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
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