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Chittim(both: kĭt`ĭm). 1 Biblical term for Cyprus; often extended to include lands W of Syria. The name originally designated the Phoenician port of CitiumCitium
, ancient city of Cyprus, on the southeast coast, the modern Larnaca; also called Cition. Of Mycenaean origins, it was a major port with valuable saltworks and an important center under Phoenician and Assyrian rulers. It is identical with the biblical Kittim. Zeno was born there.
..... Click the link for more information. in Cyprus. 2 Term appearing in the Dead Sea ScrollsDead Sea Scrolls,
ancient leather and papyrus scrolls first discovered in 1947 in caves on the NW shore of the Dead Sea. Most of the documents were written or copied between the 1st cent. B.C. and the first half of the 1st cent. A.D.
..... Click the link for more information. , used of the Romans. The Kittim are referred to as warriors from the west, who capture Jerusalem.
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