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Arvad

ARVAD (ar'văd). A small island, containing a city of the same name, off the coast of Syria about forty miles (sixty-seven km.) north of Tripoli. Its people are mentioned with Sidonians as rowers of Tyre (Ezek.27.8, Ezek.27.11). They were descendants of Ham through Canaan (Gen.10.18). The name seems to mean “a place of fugitives,” and it is said to have been first built by fugitives from Sidon. It was later called “Ruad,” from the same root. There are remains of the sea walls with immense stones twelve feet (3.8 m.) long and ten feet (3.1 m.) high, indented with deep grooves, perhaps for tying up boats.