Taanach to Tyre
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Taanach (Tanach)
Strong's #H8590

The king of Taanach was one of thirty-one rulers conquered by the Israelites under Joshua. The city of Taanach, spelled Tanach in Joshua 21:25, was allocated to the tribe of Manasseh as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

Joshua 12:21, 17:11, 21:25, Judges 1:27, 5:19, 1Kings 4:12, 1Chronicles 7:29

Approach of (to) Shiloh
Strong's #H8387

Taanathshiloh was one of the borders of the land given to the tribe of Ephraim.

Joshua 16:6

Strong's #H2888

Gideon's small army, in the middle of the night, surprised and startled the Midianites when they broke their pitchers and sounded their trumpets. The confused troops then began to fight each other in the darkness, with many of them fleeing to Tabbath located east of the Jordan River.

Judges 7:22

Strong's #H8404

Taberah is the place where God's anger burned against the wandering Israelites due to their complaining in the wilderness.

Numbers 11:3, Deuteronomy 9:22

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Palm tree, palm city
Strong's #H8412

Tadmor was one of the cities rebuilt (or built new) by King Solomon.

1Kings 9:18, 2Chronicles 8:4

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Strong's #H8480

Tahath was the son of Assir and a Levite who was one of many who served by singing praises to God in the time of King Solomon. Two other men named Tahath were members of the tribe of Ephraim.

Tahath is also one of the many places the Israelites encamped after leaving Egyptian bondage.

Numbers 33:26 - 37, 1Chronicles 6:24, 37, 7:20

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Lowest moon, lower ones monthly
Strong's #H8483

Tahtimhodshi is located east of the Jordan River in the land of Gilead. It is one of the many places Joab, King David's military commander, visited so that he could take a census of the people.

2Samuel 24:6

Palm tree
Strong's #H8559

Tamar is the name of at least three females in the Bible and one location.

The first Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah (founder of the Israelite tribe named after him). The second Tamar was one of King David's daughters raped by her half brother Amnon. The third Tamar was the only daughter of Absalom, one of King David's sons.

The city of Tamar was likely located near the southern end of the Dead Sea.

Genesis 38:6, 11, 13, 24, Ruth 4:12, 2Samuel 13, 14:27, 1Chronicles 2:4, 3:9, Ezekiel 47:19, 48:28

Sprout of life
Strong's #H8542

Tammuz was a Babylonian God whom Ezekiel was shown, in vision, was being worshipped by women at Jerusalem's temple.

Ezekiel 8:14

Apple city
Strong's #H8599

Tappuah was the son of Hebron and a descendant of Caleb. The king of Tappuah was one of the thirty-one kings conquered by Joshua.

Tappuah is also the name of two cities. The first was within the land given to the tribe of Judah. The second, located in the northern part of Ephraim's territory, was nevertheless claimed by the tribe of Manasseh.

Joshua 12:17, 15:34, 16:8, 17:8

Tarshish (Tharshish)
Yellow jasper
Strong's #H8659

Tarshish is also spelled Tharshish in the King James version of 1Kings 10:22, 22:48 and 1Chronicles 7:10. Tarshish was one of Javan's sons and a descendant of Japheth. Another man by the same name was one of the seven princes of the King of Persia. A third man, whose name is spelled Tharshish in the King James, was a Benjamite tribal leader.

Tarshish is also the unknown location where King Solomon and King Hiram's men sailed to retrieve precious metals, exotic animals, precious stones and other treasures.

The prophet Jonah sought to flee to Tarshish in order to avoid warning the people of Nineveh of their impending destruction.

Genesis 10:4, 1Chronicles 1:7, 7:10, 2Chronicles 9:21, 20:36 - 37, Esther 1:14, Psalm 48:7, 72:10, Isaiah 2:16, 23:1, 6, 10, 14, 60:9, 66:19, Jeremiah 10:9, Ezekiel 27:12, 25, 38:13, Jonah 1:3, 4:2

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Field marshal, general
Strong's #H8661

Tartan was a title used by the Assyrian military.

2Kings 18:17, Isaiah 20:1

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Tekoa (Tekoah)
A stockade, trumpet blast
Strong's #H8620, #8621

Tekoa and Tekoah refer to the same city within the tribe of Judah's territory. It is the hometown of the Minor Prophet Amos. A person named Tekoa is also mentioned in Scripture.

It should be noted that the name Tekoah, in the King James, is derived from the same Hebrew word as Tekoa (Strong's #8620) in 2Samuel 14:2. Tekoah, however, is derived from a slightly different word (Strong's #8621 meaning "trumpet blast") in 2Samuel 14:4 and 9.

2Samuel 14:2, 4, 9, 1Chronicles 2:24, 4:5, 2Chronicles 11:6, 20:20, Jeremiah 6:1, Amos 1:1

Mound of the flood, mound of gree growth
Strong's #H8512

Telabib was a place near the river Chebar in Babylon where many Judean captives were living. Ezekiel the prophet, at Telabib, was astonished for seven days due to a fantastic vision he saw.

Ezekiel 3:15

Strong's #H2923

Telaim was a city in the tribe of Judah's territory where Saul gathered 200,000 footmen to fight the Amalekites.

1Samuel 15:4

Telassar (Thelasar)
Assyrian hill
Strong's #H8515

Telassar is also spelled Thelasar in the King James version of 2Kings 19:12. Telassar was a city conquered by the Assyrian Empire.

2Kings 19:12, Isaiah 37:12

Break up, oppression
Strong's #H2928

Telem was a man who promised Ezra the prophet that he would divorce his foreign ("strange") wife. Telem was also a city given to the tribe of Judah as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

Joshua 15:24, Ezra 10:24

Telharsa (Telharesha)
Mound of the deaf mute, mound of workmanship
Strong's #H8521

Telharsa is spelled Telharesha in the King James version of Nehemiah 7:61.

Telharsa was home to Babylonian Jews who, in the time of the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah, could not prove they were Israelites.

Ezra 2:59, Nehemiah 7:61

Mound of salt
Strong's #H4480, #8528

Telmelah was the home to Babylonian Jews who, in the time of the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah, could not prove they were Israelites.

Ezra 2:59, Nehemiah 7:61

Strong's #H8487

Teman was the name of one of the eleven "dukes" or princes of Edom and the name of one of its cities. It is also the name of Eliphaz's firstborn son.

Genesis 36:11, 15, 42, 1Chronicles 1:36, 53, Jeremiah 49:7, 20, Ezekiel 25:13, Amos 1:12, Obadiah 1:9, Habbakuk 3:3

Strong's #H8646

Terah was the father of Abraham (Abram), Nahor and Haran. He represents the nineteenth Biblical generation of mankind on earth.

Terah moved his entire family from Ur of the Chaldees to Haran when Abram was seventy years old. When Terah dies five years later, at the age of 205, Abram, Sarai (Sarah), Lot and his family migrate to the land of Canaan. Abraham's brother Nahor and his family decide to stay in the city.

Genesis 11:24 - 32, Joshua 24:2, 1Chronicles 1:26

Strong's #G5060

Tertius was the person who wrote down all the Apostle Paul's words for his letter to the Romans.

Romans 16:22

Strong's #G5061

Tertullus was an Roman orator who was likely a well-seasoned lawyer familiar with trying cases in Roman courts. He was chosen by the Sanhedrin to present their case against the Apostle Paul before Roman procurator Felix in Caesarea.

Acts 24:1 - 2

Thaddeus (Thaddaeus)
Large hearted, courageous
Strong's #G2280

Thaddeus, spelled Thaddaeus in the King James New Testament, was the surname of one of Jesus' twelve disciples.

Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18

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Whiteness, conspicuous
Strong's #H8405

Abimelech, one of Israel Judges, had himself declared the first human king over God's people. Near the end of his "reign" he attacks the city of Thebez. He dies at the hands of a woman who, after he had captured the city, dropped a huge millstone on his head!

Judges 9:50, 2Samuel 11:21

Friend of God
Strong's #G2321

Luke's account of Jesus' life and ministry (Luke's gospel), as well as the events of the early Christian church (Book of Acts), were written as letters to a man name Theophilus.

Luke 1:3, Acts 1:1

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Strong's #G2333

Theudas is referenced by Gamaliel in his admonishment regarding how the Sanhedrin should treat the apostles after arresting them. Theudas had initiated a rebellion against Rome that attracted about 400 men. He was eventually caught and killed, however, leading to his followers abandoning their cause.

Gamaliel's point was that the work of the apostles, if their efforts were not inspired by God, would come to naught like Theudas and his rebellion. If what they did had God's backing, however, then even the Sanhedrin would not be able to stop it. His wise advice to leave the disciples alone was not completely adopted, as the council had the apostles beaten before giving them their freedom.

Acts 5:36

Strong's #H8553

Thimnathah was a city given to the tribe of Dan as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

Joshua 19:43

The twin
Strong's ##G2381

Thomas, one of Jesus' twelve apostles, is also called Didymus (the Greek equivalent of his name) in the King James New Tesament (John 11:16, 20:24, 21:2). Didymus means "double" or "two-fold" (Strong's #G1324).

The phrase "doubting Thomas" came from Thomas' initial resistance to believe in Jesus' resurrection from the dead.

Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:15, John 11:16, 14:5, 20:24 - 29, 21:1 - 2, Acts 1:13 - 14

Three Taverns
Three huts, three wooden walled buildings
Strong's #G5140, #G4999

Three Taverns was a city a short distance south of Rome on the Appian Way. The Apostle Paul, escourted to the capital as a prisoner during his fourth missionary journey, meets with fellow Christians in the city.

Acts 28:15

Perfections or emblem of truth
Strong's #H8550

The Thummim, along with the Urim, were two objects the High Priest of Israel was commanded to carry when he wore his sacred clothes. Placed in a breastplate pouch that was over the priest's heart, the objects were used to determine God's will in important matters. Please see our article on the Urim and Thummim.

Exodus 28:30, Leviticus 8:8, Numbers 27:21, Deuteronomy 33:8, 1Samuel 28:6, Ezra 2:63, Nehemiah 7:65

Odor of affliction
Strong's #G2363

Thyatira was a city located in the western part of Asia Minor in the Roman province of Asia. It was one of the seven churches of Revelation that received a spiritual evaluation directly from Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul's first evangelistic convert in Europe was a woman named Lydia. She was a prosperous Thyatira-based businesswoman who sold purple dye. Please see our article on Thyatira.

Acts 16:14, Revelation 1:11, 2:18, 24

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From the Tiber (as a river God)
Strong's #G5086

Tiberius Caesar ruled the Roman Empire when John the Baptist began his public ministry. Tiberius' reign began in 14 A.D. and ended in 37 A.D.

Luke 3:1

Extension, slaughter
Strong's #H2880

Tibhath was the city from which King David took bronze (brass) as a spoil of war. His son King Solomon would later use the bronze for Jerusalem's temple.

1Chronicles 18:8

Strawy, intelligent
Strong's #H8402

Tibni, after the death of Israel's King Zimri in 885 B.C., ruled half of the Kingdom of Israel while Omri ruled the other half. Tibni's rule lasted only until 880, after which Omri was Israel's sole ruler.

1Kings 16:21 - 22

Great son, fearfulness
Strong's #H8413

Tidal was the King of Goiim ("king of nations") at the time of Abraham. The Bible states He joined Elam's King Chedorlaomer and his military coalition that included the rulers of Eliasar and Shinar. Their goal was to overcome and plunder various peoples as they journeyed to punish five kings (two of which were the rulers of Sodom and Gomorrah) who had rebelled against Chedorlaomer after serving him for twelve years.

The war carried out in Genesis 14, which would ultimately draw in Abraham, is the first one recorded in Scripture.

Genesis 14:1, 9

Thou will uncover the wonderful bond
Strong's #H8407

Tiglath-pileser III (also referred to as Pul in the Old Testament) was king of the mighty Assyrian Empire from 745 to 727 B.C. His power was such that Israel's King Menahem paid him 1,000 talents of silver to keep him from attacking the northern kingdom (2Kings 15:19 - 20)!

2Kings 15:29, 16:7, 10

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Strong's #H8616

Two men are named Tikvah in the Bible. The first was the father of Shallum who was the husband of the prophetess Huldah during the time of Judah's King Josiah. The second was the father of Jahzeiah who opposed Ezra's command for all those freed from captivity to divorce their foreign wives (see Ezra 10:15).

2Kings 22:14, Ezra 10:15

Gift, suspension
Strong's #H8436

Tilon, who was of the tribe of Judah, was the son of Shimon.

1Chronicles 4:20

Strong's #H8555

Timnah was the name of one of the eleven "dukes" or princes of Edom.

Timnah was also the name of a city given to the tribe of Dan as an inheritance in the Promised Land. The city was invaded and repopulated by the Philistines during the reign of Judah's King Ahaz.

Genesis 36:40, Joshua 15:10, 57, 1Chronicles 1:51, 2Chronicles 28:18

Portion of the sun
Strong's #H8556

Timnathheres was a city given to Joshua as an inheritance in the Promised Land. It is also the place where he is buried.

Judges 2:9

Valuable, honorable
Strong's #G5096

Timon 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

Timothy (Timotheus)
Honoring God, dear to God
Strong's #G5095

Timothy's name is spelled Timotheus in several King James New Testament verses. Timothy was born c. 17 A.D. in Lystra to a father who was a Gentile but a mother who was a Jewess (Acts 16:1).

Timothy first meets Paul during his second missionary journey visit to Lystra. When they meet, the apostle is about forty-eight years old while Tim is about thirty-three.

Acts 16 to 20, 1Thessalonians 1, 3, 2Thessalonians 1, 1Corinthians 4, 16, 2Corinthians 1, Romans 16, Hebrews 13, Philippians 1, 2, Colossians 1, Philemon 1, 1Timothy 1, 6, 2Timothy 1

Ford, cross over
Strong's #H4480, #8607

Tiphsah was a city on the west bank of the Euphrates River that represented the greatest extent of King Solomon's influence. Another city named Tiphsah, in Samaria, was not only conquered by Israel's King Menahem but also had all its inhabitants killed and its pregnant women ripped open.

1Kings 4:24, 2Kings 15:16

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Recourse, captivity
Strong's #H8664

A Tishbite is someone who grew up in the town of Tishbeh (Tishbe). The city was located east of the Jordan River in the land of Gilead. Elijah lived in this city during his prophetic ministry.

1Kings 17:1, 21:17, 28, 2Kings 1:3, 8, 9:36

Strong's #G5103

Titus was a Greek (Gentile) convert to Christianity who was one of Paul's most trusted fellow laborers in the gospel. Interestingly, although he worked closely with the apostle, his name is not mentioned at all in the book of Acts.

Galatians 2:1, 3, 2Corinthians 2:13, 7:6, 13 - 14, 8:6, 16, 23, 12:18, 13:14, Titus 1:4, 3:15, 2Timothy 4:10

Goodness of Jehovah
Strong's #H2900

Ezra 2:60, Nehemiah 2:10, 19, 4:3, 7, 6:1 - 19, 7:62, 13:4 - 8

Strong's #H8439

Two Tolas are mentioned in Scripture. The first one was the son of Isaachar (founder of one of Israel's tribes). The second Tola, in the northern part of Israel, was one of Israel's Judges. He served in this capacity from 1102 to 1079 B.C.

Genesis 46:13, Numbers 26:23, Judges 10:1, 1Chronicles 7:1 - 2

White, quagmire
Strong's #H8603

Tophel was near where, before his death, Moses gave his farewell speech to Israel.

Deuteronomy 1:1

Tophet (Topheth)
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Rough district, rugged region
Strong's #G5139

Trachonitis is one of the regions Herod Philip (Philip the Tetrarch) governed when John the Baptist began his public ministry.

Luke 3:1

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A cache
Strong's #G5175

Trogyllium was a coastal city located in the southwestern part of Asia Minor. The Apostle Paul tarried at the city, for a short time, during his third missionary journey.

Acts 20:15

Nutritive, nutritous
Strong's #G5161

Trophimus, a Gentile convert to Christianity, was one of a few people who accompanied the Apostle Paul on his trip from Corinth to Jerusalem during his third missionary journey.

Acts 20:4, 21:29, 2Timothy 4:20

Strong's #G5170

Tryphena was one of the many Christians in Rome greeted by the Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Romans. Tryphena was commended by Paul for her service to God.

Romans 16:12

Strong's #G5173

Tryphosa was one of the many Christians in Rome greeted by the Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Romans. Tryphosa was commended by Paul for her service to God.

Romans 16:12

Thou shall be bought
Strong's #H8422

Tubal was the son of Noah's flood survivor Japheth and one of Noah's grandsons. The Bible labels Gog, who dwells in the land of Magog, as a chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (Ezekiel 38:2). Tubal may have also been the name of a region in eastern Asia Minor.

Genesis 10:2, 1Chronicles 1:5, Isaiah 66:19, Ezekiel 27:13, 32:26, 38:2 - 3, 39:1

Thou will be brought (offspring) of Cain
Strong's #H8423

Tubalcain, who was known for his skill in metalworking, was the son of Lamech.

Genesis 4:22

Fortuitous, fortunate, fateful
Strong's #G5190

Tychicus delivered to Ephesus the Apostle Paul's letter to the city's Christians. He also, along with Onesimus, delivered the book of Colossians to Colosse.

Acts 20:4, Ephesians 6:21, Colossians 4:7, 2Timothy 4:12, Titus 3:12

Sovereign, a tyrant
Strong's #G5181

The Apostle Paul, during his third missionary journey, stayed in Ephesus for more than three years. Although he initially taught in a local synagogue, he and fellow Christians moved to the school of Tyrannus due to Jewish resistence to the gospel.

Acts 19:9

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