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decapolis


decapolis


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Decapolis 
  ten  cities=deka,  ten  and  polis,  a  city,  a  district  on  the  east 
  and  south-east  of  the  Sea  of  Galilee  containing  "ten  cities," 
  which  were  chiefly  inhabited  by  Greeks.  It  included  a  portion  of 
  Bashan  and  Gilead,  and  is  mentioned  three  times  in  the  New 
  Testament  (Matt.  4:25;  Mark  5:20;  7:31).  These  cities  were 
  Scythopolis  i.e.,  "city  of  the  Scythians",  (ancient  Bethshean, 
  the  only  one  of  the  ten  cities  on  the  west  of  Jordan),  Hippos, 
  Gadara,  Pella  (to  which  the  Christians  fled  just  before  the 
  destruction  of  Jerusalem),  Philadelphia  (ancient  Rabbath-ammon), 
  Gerasa  Dion,  Canatha  Raphana,  and  Damascus.  When  the  Romans 
  conquered  Syria  (B.C.  65)  they  rebuilt,  and  endowed  with  certain 
  privileges,  these  "ten  cities,"  and  the  province  connected  with 
  them  they  called  "Decapolis." 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Decapolis,  containing  ten  cities