It was originally called Ushu in cuneiform texts (Ward 197) and later Palaetyrus (“old Tyre”) in Greek texts (Jidejian 19).Historical and archaeological evidence indicate both cities were settled by the early second millennium BC and were important seaports long before the Israelites settled in Canaan.Continue reading The names Tyre and Sidon were famous in the ancient Near East.Today each is just a shadow of their former selves.
While both cities are mentioned in a number of second millennium BC extra-Biblical documents, the most interesting accounts come from the Amarna Letters.
Both are now located in Lebanon, with Tyre 20 mi south of Sidon and only 12 mi north of the Israel-Lebanon border.
Today each is just a shadow of their former selves...
Sidon, called Saida today (Arabic for “fishing”), was named after the firstborn son of Canaan (Gn ) and probably settled by his descendants.
The northern border of ancient Canaan extended to Sidon (Gn ).