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They also gave money to the masons and to the carpenters. They also gave food, and drink, and oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea, to Joppa, according to the grant that they had from Cyrus King of Persia. Bible

“Joppa.” Until Herod the Great built Caesarea into a port city and the finest deep water port on the Mediterranean, Joppa was the only port Israel had on the Mediterranean Sea. Solomon had the cedar logs for the Temple brought from Lebanon to Jerusalem via the port of Joppa (2 Chron. 2:16).


Commentary for: Ezra 3:7