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Adriatic Sea
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Also, Sea of Adria. An arm of the Mediterranean between Italy and Greece. Paul endured a shipwreck on the Adriatic (Acts 27:27).The Adriatic Sea is named after the Etruscan city Adria, which was at the mouth of the Po River (Livy, Hist. 5.33.7; Strabo, Geography 5.214). At first the name only applied to the northern part of the sea. Later, it came to include the sea further south, including the Ionian Sea (e.g., Strabo, Geography 2.5.20). Thus, for many in the ancient world the size of the sea was larger than the Adriatic Sea we know today. This would explain why the ship carrying Paul and his military escort could land at Malta after being driven across it (Acts 27:27). Similarly, Josephus writes that he was shipwrecked in the Adriatic Sea and was rescued by a ship sailing from Cyrene to Puteoli (Life 3).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Sea of Adria
Adriatic Sea (Ἀδρίας, Adrias). Also, Sea of Adria. An arm of the Mediterranean between Italy and Greece. Paul endured a shipwreck on the Adriatic (Acts 27:27).The Adriatic Sea is named after the Etruscan city Adria, which was at the mouth of the Po River (Livy, Hist. 5.33.7; Strabo, Geography 5.214).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Adria, Sea of (Place)
ADRIA, SEA OF (PLACE) [Greek Adrias (Ἀδριας)]. An arm of the Mediterranean between Italy and the Balkan Peninsula joining the Ionian Sea in the southeast, commonly known as the Adriatic Sea. It is mentioned in the NT in relation to the apostle Paul’s journey to Rome (Acts 27:27). Today, the name denotes
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Adria
Adria. The Adriatic Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean Sea bordered by Italy on the west and by Greece, Albania, and Yugoslavia on the east. The apostle Paul was tossed about in a ship for 14 days in a violent storm on this body of water (Acts 27:27). Other ancient literature attests to the violence of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Adria
Adria āʹdri-ə [GK. Adrias]. A body of water mentioned in the account of Paul’s voyage to Rome: “as we were drifting across the sea of Adria” (Acts 27:27). Strabo, the first-century geographer, identifies the Adriatic as the Gulf of Adria and explains that the name is derived from the old Etruscan city
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Adria
ADRIA The Adriatic Sea, an arm of the Mediterranean Sea bordered by Italy on the west and by Greece, Albania, and Yugoslavia on the east. The apostle Paul was tossed about in a ship for 14 days in a violent storm on this body of water (Acts 27:27). Other ancient literature attests to the violence of
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Adria, Sea Of
Adria (ay´dree-uh), Sea of, in Acts 27:27 the body of water in the central Mediterranean Sea between Crete and Sicily through which Paul’s ship, en route to Rome, drifted for fourteen days before breaking up in the surf of Malta. The name derives from the town of Adria on the lower Po River and originally
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Adria
ADRIA. Paul and the party with him being taken to Rome drifted in Adria for 14 days (Acts 27:27). The northern part of the body of water between Italy and Dalmatia was from Etruscan times called the Adriatic Sea, but according to Livy, Strabo, Ptolemy and Josephus, the sea as far S as the island of Crete
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Adria
ADRIA. The ‘sea of Adria’ (Acts 27:27), across which the ship of the Alexandrian grain fleet, which was taking Paul to Italy, drifted in a W direction for 14 days, was the Central Mediterranean, including the Ionian Sea (cf. Strabo, Geog. 2. 5. 20; Jos. Vita 15; Pausanias, Description of Greece 5. 25.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Adria
Adria (Gk. Adrɩ́as)Part of the Mediterranean Sea S of Italy and Greece and between Crete and Malta, now called the Ionian Sea. Here the ship carrying Paul and other prisoners was drifting before landing on Malta (Acts 27:27).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Adria
Adria [āˊdrĭ ə] (Gk. Adrias). That part of the Mediterranean Sea which is south of Italy and Greece and between Crete and Malta, now called the Ionian Sea. Here the ship carrying Paul and other prisoners was drifting before landing on Malta (Acts 27:27).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Adria
ADRIA The waters east and south of the Italian peninsula. In Roman antiquity the Sea of Adria was said to extend southwest to Sicily and Malta and southeast to the island of Crete. The ship carrying Saint Paul to Rome was wrecked while sailing through Adria (Acts 27:27).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Adria
A´dria, more properly A´drias, the Adriatic Sea. Acts 27:27. The word seems to have been derived from the town of Adria, near the Po. In Paul’s time it included the whole sea between Greece and Italy, reaching south from Crete to Sicily. [Melita.]
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