Dekapolis: Decapolis, a region East of the JordanOriginal Word: Δεκάπολις, εως, ἡPart of Speech:
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.
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Decapolis, a region E. of the JordanNASB Translation
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 1179: ΔεκάπολιςΔεκάπολις
, 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. Winer
s RWB under the word Decapolis; Vaihinger in Herzog
, 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