Ezekiel 26:2 Index
"Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste:"
Bibliography ===== Ezekiel 26:3

" . . . Tyrus . . . " (Genesis 10:6; Genesis 10:15; Genesis 10:17; Genesis 10:18)

  • Tyre was a powerful commercial city composed of Old Tyre, situated on the mainland, and New Tyre, built on a rocky island some 140 acres in area about a half mile for shore. New Tyre had two harbors, one on the north and one on the south. From these the Tyrians sent their fleets of ships as far into the Atlantic as West Africa and possibly Britain. Tyre founded colonies in Spain and North Africa, some of which became famous, like Carthage, Gades, and Abdera. Tyre was also famous for its craftsmen. Its manufactured products, such as works of copper, textiles (especially dyed purple), glassware, and pottery, were famous throughout the world. (4BC 667)
  • The Phoenicians spoke a Semitic language. Their religion played a prominent role in their life. Their chief god was Melkarth (sometimes called Baal Mel-karth), the patron god of Tyre. This was evidently the Baal worshiped in Israel under Jezebel's influence. They also worshipped Ashtoreth and other divinities with orgies of the most corrupt nature. (4BC 667)