Ancient Damascus - Map of New Testament Israel
DA-MAS`CUS (sack full of blood, similitude of burning), A
city of Syria east of Anti-Lebanus, and in the midst of a
lovely and fertile plain opening on the Desert. Gen. 14:15
, 15:2 Contiguous region called "Syria of Damascus," 2 Sam.
8:5. Taken by David, 8: 5, 6, and by Jeroboam, 2 Kings
14:28. Afterwards subject to Assyria, Babylon, Persia,
Seleucidae and the Romans. In Paul`s time much thronged by
Jews. Scene of Paul`s conversion. Acts 9:1-27; 22:1-16.
Always a commercial centre, Ezek, 27:18. Called now in the
East the "Paradise of the world." Present population,
150,000. Belongs to Turkey. Chief gathering place of
pilgrims for Mecca. Damask cloth and Damascus swords are
noted. Still a street there called "Straight," as in Acts