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Greek: Λύδδα —transliteration: Ludda

also known as: Lod ( Hebrew: לוד ), Diospolis, and Ludd

Lydda is an ancient town of the Tribe of Ephraim, mentioned in the New Testament (Acts 9:32, 35, 38). It is the scene of Peter’s miracle in healing the paralytic Aeneas.

It lay about 9 miles east of Joppa, on the road from the seaport to Jerusalem. In ancient times it was within a day’s journey of Jerusalem.

Its modern name is Lod, Israel.

Modern Lod—satellite view

In the Old Testament (1 Chronicles 8:12) it is called Lod.

It was burned by the Romans, but was afterwards rebuilt, and was known by the name of Diospolis.

The so-called patron saint of England, St. George, is said to have been born here.


Article Version: September 19, 2019