1179. Dekapolis
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Dekapolis: Decapolis, a region East of the Jordan
Original Word: Δεκάπολις, εως, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: Dekapolis
Phonetic Spelling: (dek-ap'-ol-is)
Short Definition: Decapolis
Definition: Decapolis, meaning a group or district of ten cities (of the Greek type) in Palestine, mostly south-east of the Lake of Tiberias; the names and number vary in ancient authorities.

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from deka and polis
Decapolis, a region E. of the Jordan
NASB Translation
Decapolis (3).

STRONGS NT 1179: Δεκάπολις

Δεκάπολις, Δεκαπολισεως, , Decapolis (regiodecapolitana, Pliny, h. n. 5, 16, 17), i. e. a region embracing ten cities. This name is borne by a district of the tribe of Manasseh beyond the Jordan and bordering upon Syria, embracing ten principal cities with smaller towns also scattered in among them. But the ancient geographers vary in their enumeration of these ten cities. Pliny, the passage cited reckons Damascus among them, which Josephus seems to have excluded, calling Scythopolis μεγίστην τῆς Δεκαπόλεως, b. j. 3, 9, 7. All seem to agree in this, that Gadara, Hippo, Pella and Scythopolis were of the number. Cf. Winers RWB under the word Decapolis; Vaihinger in Herzog 3:325f; Riehm, HWB, 266f; (BB. DD., under the word): Matthew 4:25; Mark 5:20; Mark 7:31.


From deka and polis; the ten-city region; the Decapolis, a district in Syria -- Decapolis.

see GREEK deka

see GREEK polis

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