What Does The Name Damascus Mean to Us Today

Map of Damascus

Since the name of this blog is Damascus, I had intended on doing several posts about the name, the city, and the people associated with Damascus, so, this will be the first Damascus related post. I will start with just a little bit of background information.

Damascus the City

Damascus (Dimashq) is considered the oldest continually inhabited city in the world (just below Jericho and Byblos), and the capital of Syria. The city is located on the northeast side of the Sea of Galilee in the northern part of Palestine. Some good detailed information on the city can be found on Wikipedia on Damascus, but there are also many other good reference sources on the city.

Isaiah 7:8, What’s in a Name

The name Damascus is of course an Israelite sur-family name, not just the name of a city, and we know from Genesis 5:32; 6:10, and 10:23, the founder of the city of Damascus was Uz, the grandson of Shem.

Isaiah 7:8 / 8“For the head of Aram is (P)Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin (now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people)

There are references to the city throughout Genesis.

On the Road To

We also hear the term Damascus referred to often as on the road to and this is from Acts 9 when Paul (then Saul) was on the road to Damascus when he was struck blind by Jesus. In some translations this is said on the road to Damascus and some, as below, do not specifically say road, but he was traveling to Damascus at the time.

Acts 9:3-5 / 3 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;
4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

Lately, if you hunt through the blogs (and are a news nut of any kind) you will find many of the current on the road to references stem from Carter’s recent visit to the area, like Carter Visit to Damascus Bolsters Hamas Terrorism, and Jimmy’s Road To Damascus, (which isn’t a bad biographical showing of Carter).

What other references have you seen to the term on the road to Damascus that are interesting? Post them below and let us know. The city itself obviously plays an important role in God’s plan.

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