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DORA (τὰ Δῶρα), a maritime town of Palestine, locally situated in the half tribe of Manasseh, on this side Jordan, but left in possession of the old Canaanitish inhabitants. (Judges, i. 27.) Scylax (p. 42), who calls it DORUS says that it was a city of the Sidonians. It is frequently, mentioned by Josephus, whose notices enable us to identify it with the modern village of Tantura. It was a city of Phoenicia, near Mount Carmel. (Joseph. Vit. § 8; c. Apion. 2.9.) It was a strong fortress when Tryphon held it against Antiochus Pius (Ant. 13.7.2). Caesarea is placed by him between Dora and Joppa, both which maritime towns are described as having bad harbours, owing to their exposure to the south-west wind, which rolled in heavy breakers upon the sandy coast, and forced the merchants to anchor in the open sea (15.9. 6). St. Jerome describes it as anciently a most powerful city, but a ruin in his time (Epitaph Paulae), situated 9 miles from Caesarea, on the road to Ptolemais. (Onomast. s. v.; Reland, Palaest. pp. 738--741.) [p. 1.785] “There are extensive ruins here, but they possess nothing of interest.” (Irby and Mangles, Travels, p. 190.)


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