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Peter In Lydda
Lydda, pronounced in Greek as lud-daw, was a town located about 15 kilometers / 9 miles from the coastal city of Joppa, on the road between Jerusalem and The Mediterranean Sea. The Greek name of the town is derived from Lod (in Hebrew pronounced lode), the name by which the town was known in the Old Testament.
"8:12 The sons of Elpaal; Eber, and Misham, and Shamed, who built Ono, and Lod, with the towns thereof" (1 Chronicles 8:12 KJV)
"Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda"
Lydda is mentioned only in the latter part of the ninth chapter of Acts. At the time that the former Christian persecutor Saul was just then being converted to Christianity, thereafter being known as the apostle Paul (Acts 9:1-31; see also Was Paul Among Them?), the apostle Peter (see Peter's Ministry and Peter's Prophecy) was hard at work preaching The Gospel of The Kingdom of God in the land of Israel.
It was at Lydda that the Holy Spirit of God healed Aeneas, "which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy."
"9:32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.
When other believers at Joppa heard that the Holy Spirit was healing through Peter in Lydda, they asked him to come to there, "forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa."
"9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. 9:37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. 9:38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.