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Country occupying a boot-shaped peninsula in the northern Mediterranean, with the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east. The name is derived from King Italus (see Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities, 35.1).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ITALY (PLACE) [Gk Italia (Ἰταλια)]. The word “Italy” appears four times in the NT. Rome was the capital of Italy and of the Roman Empire, which ruled most of the NT world. Sometimes Rome is used synonymously with Italy. See ROME.The first account of Jews visiting Italy is found in 1 Maccabees 8, where
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Italy. Boot-shaped peninsula located between the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic seas. Uplands and two major mountain ranges—the Alps, which form a northern boundary, and the Appennines, which form the backbone of the peninsula—occupy 77 percent of the land. The plains, which are limited to the Po River
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ITALY Boot-shaped peninsula located between the Tyrrhenian and the Adriatic seas. Uplands and two major mountain ranges—the Alps, which form a northern boundary, and the Apennines, which form the backbone of the peninsula—occupy 77 percent of the land. The plains, which are limited to the Po River valley,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Italy (it´uh-lee), the boot-shaped peninsula extending about 750 miles from the Alps into the western part of the Mediterranean Sea. The name, according to ancient Greek writers, derives from a King Italos, who ruled the southern part in the late second millennium bce. By the first century ce, it had
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Italy at peace, and rich in crops, clocks and herds, as symbolized on the Altar of Peace of Augustus in Rome. HFVITALY. Slashing diagonally across the center of the Mediterranean, Italy is strategically located for control of that sea, and Rome is strategically located for controlling the peninsula
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ITALY (Gk. Italia). By the middle of the 1st century this name had come to have substantially its modern geographical meaning. ‘All roads led to *Rome’, and even before the time of Christ many Jews had resorted to Italy, especially to the metropolis. It was because the emperor Claudius had carried out
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ItalyA southern European country which forms a boot-shaped peninsula, bounded on the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea, on the east by the Adriatic Sea, on the south by the Ionian Sea, and extending north to the Alps. The Apennine mountain range extends the length of the peninsula and creates Italy’s unique
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Italy (Gk. Italia).† Originally the southern “toe” portion of the Mediterranean peninsula separating the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic seas. By the mid-third century B.C. the name came to designate the entire region south of Liguria and Cisalpine Gaul; in popular usage it referred to all territory south
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ITALY The Italian peninsula is mentioned only rarely in Scripture. The first reference to Jews in Italy occurs in 1 Macc 8, where mention is made of a delegation sent to Rome by Judas Maccabeus (cf. 1 Macc 12:1–4; 14:16–19, 24). The first New Testament reference is in Acts 18:2, when Aquila and Priscilla