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It was from this port that Jonah “took ship to flee from the presence of the Lord” (Jonah 1:3). To this place also the wood cut in Lebanon by Hiram's men for Solomon was brought in floats (2 Chronicles 2:16); and here the material for the building of the second temple was also landed (Ezra 3:7).
It bears the modern name of Jaffa .
It was taken by the French under Napoleon in 1799, who gave orders for the massacre here of 4,000 prisoners.
It is connected with Jerusalem by road , and also by a railway completed in 1892.
It is noticed on monuments B.C. 1600-1300, and was attacked by Sannacharib B.C. 702.