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

The KJV 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

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

Small, little
Strong's #G3972

The Apostle Paul, whose birth name was Saul, was born around 2 A.D. Though initially a zealous Pharisee who persecuted the true church of God, he converted to Christianity and became it most vocal advocate.

Paul's ministry ran from 33 to 68 A.D. during which time he conducted at least five missionary journeys. Please see our article dedicated to the apostle's life and ministry!

Acts 7:58, 8:1 - 3, 9, 11:25, 30, 12:25, 13 - 28, Romans 1:1, 1Corinthians 1:1, 2Corinthians 1:1, etc., 2Peter 3:15

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Little, small
Strong's #G3972

Acts 13:7

Opened, watch
Strong's #H6492

Menahem became Israel's king in 752 B.C. when he murdered King Shallum who had ruled for only one month (2Kings 15:13 - 14). After this heinous act a man named Pekah sets up a rival throne (possibly in Gilead). The two men govern at the same time until Menahem dies in 742. Pekahiah, his son, succeeds him on his throne based in Samaria.

Both Pekahiah and Pekah maintain rival thrones for two years until, in 740, Pekah has him assassinated. Pekah then rules for the next eight years as sole monarch over Israel. Ironically, Pekah's reign ends when he himself is killed by Hoshea who assumes the throne in 732 B.C.

2Kings 15:25 - 37, 16:1 - 5, 2Chronicles 28:6, Isaiah 7:1

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Jah has observed, Jehovah sees
Strong's #H6494

Pekahiah, the son of Israel's King Menahem, began his rule when his father died in 742 B.C. (2Kings 15:22). He assumes power, however, at a time when Pekah maintains (likely in Gilead, see 2Kings 15:25) a rival throne over Israel.

Pekahiah rules for only two years when, in 740 B.C., Pekah has him killed in Samaria. Pekah becomes the sole ruler of Israel until he is murdered in 732 (2Kings 15:30).

2Kings 15:22 - 26

Division, earthquake
Strong's #H6389

Genesis 10:25, 11:16 - 19, 1Chronicles 1:19, 25

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Peor (Baalpeor)
A gap, cleft
Strong's #H6465

Peor is an abbreviated form of Baalpeor which means "Lord of the gap" (Strong's #H1187). Baalpeor is the name of a pagan god worshipped by the ancient Israelites.

Mount Peor is located east of the Jordan River in Moabite territory. It is the place where Moab's King Balak brought the prophet Balaam for the express purpose of cursing the Israelites.

Numbers 23:28, 25:3, 5, 18, 31:16, Deuteronomy 4:3, Joshua 22:17, Psalm 106:28, Hosea 9:10

Breaches, breaks
Strong's #H6559

Perazim is likely the same location as Baalperazim mentioned in 2Samuel 5:20, 1Chronicles 14:11 and Isaiah 28:21.

Mount Perazim is where David, after being accepted as king by all of Israel's tribes, experienced his first military victory over the Philistines.

Isaiah 28:21

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Breach (break) of Uzza
Strong's #H6560

Perezuzza was named by King David after Uzzah was killed by God for touching the Ark of the Covenant.

1Chronicles 13:11

A tower, earthy
Strong's #G4011

Perga was a Mediterranean coastal town located in the Roman province of Lycia - Pamphylia.

The Apostle Paul briefly visited Perga twice during his first missionary journey. It is the place where Mark, the gospel writer traveling with Barnabas and Paul on the journey, decided to abruptly abandon them and go back to Jerusalem.

Acts 13:13 - 14, 14:25

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