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Palestine (Palestina)
Rolling, migratory, land of sojourners
Strong's #H6429

The King James Bible uses the word Palestine in Joel 3:4. The term originally denoted only the seacoast of Canaan that was inhabited by the Philistines (Philistia).

Palestine (Palestina) began to be used in reference to a wider area than just Philistine territory around 135 A.D. Its use came into existence due to the Bar Kokhba Revolt.

The revolt, which took place in Judea from 132 to 136 A.D., was led by Simon ben Kosevah. It was an attempt to free the Jews from Roman domination and to reestablish their control over Jerusalem. The rebellion, however, was brutally crushed by Emperor Hadrian.

Hadrian combined the Roman provinces of Syria and Judea into a new provincial territory called Syria Palestina. He named the new province "in honor" of Israel's longtime enemy the Philistines.

Exodus 15:14, Isaiah 14:29, 31, Joel 3:4

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Place of caverns, ornamental
Strong's #H6290

Paran was the name of a wilderness area stretching from the heart of Arabia to southwest of the Dead Sea. It is where Ishmael, Abraham's son through Hagar, sought refuge.

The children of Israel spent time wandering Paran after leaving Egyptian slavery. Mount Paran is also located in this wilderness area (Deuteronomy 33:2).

Genesis 21:21, Numbers 10:12, 12:16, 13:3, 26, Deuteronomy 1:1, 33:2, 1Samuel 25:1, 1Kings 11:18, Habakkuk 3:3

Constant, abiding
Strong's #G3937

Parmenas was one of the first seven men, selected by the early church, to handle the daily distribution of food to the poor saints in Jerusalem. These men are commonly referred to as the New Testament's first deacons.

Acts 6:5

A pledge
Strong's #H3934

Parthia became a world power in 247 B.C. The Empire reached its height of power under Mithridates II (123 - 88 B.C.) when it controlled 1.1 million square miles (2.84 million square kilometers) of territory.

Parthians were some of the many people, in 30 A.D., present in Jerusalem at Pentecost when God poured out his Holy Spirit upon the repentant.

Acts 2:9

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Boundary of blood, palm of bloodshed
Strong's #H6450

Pasdammim was where one of David's victories over the Philistines took place.

1Chronicles 11:13

Scattering, cursing
Strong's #G3959

Patara was a Mediterranean seaport town located in the Asia Minor Roman province of Lycia - Pamphylia. The Apostle Paul, returning to Jerusalem during his third missionary journey, briefly stopped in Patara in order to board another boat.

Acts 21:1

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Region of the south
Strong's #H6624

Pathros is one of the many locations from which God will collect his people and bring them back to Israel.

Isaiah 11:11, Jeremiah 44:1, 15, Ezekiel 29:14, 30:14

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Father's life, paternal
Strong's #G3969

Patrobas was one of the many Christians in Rome greeted by the Apostle Paul in the book of Romans. He was likely a member of a house church attended by Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Hermes and others.

Romans 16:14

Bleating, screaming
Strong's #H6464

Pau was the capital of Edom when King Hadar ruled the people.

Genesis 36:39

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