Chittim


Chittim
   Or Kittim, a plural form (Gen. 10:4), the name of a branch of the descendants of Javan, the "son" of Japheth. Balaam foretold (Num. 24:24) "that ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and afflict Eber." Daniel prophesied (11:30) that the ships of Chittim would come against the king of the north. It probably denotes Cyprus, whose ancient capital was called Kition by the Greeks.
   The references elsewhere made to Chittim (Isa. 23:1, 12; Jer. 2:10; Ezek. 27:6) are to be explained on the ground that while the name originally designated the Phoenicians only, it came latterly to be used of all the islands and various settlements on the sea-coasts which they had occupied, and then of the people who succeeded them when the Phoenician power decayed. Hence it designates generally the islands and coasts of the Mediterranean and the races that inhabit them.

Easton's Bible Dictionary. . 1897.

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  • Chittim — Recorded in an extraordinary range of spellings including Chatan, Chetham, Cheetham, Chitham, Chittim and the London area dialectal Chitson, this is an English surname. It is locational from a place called Cheetham in the county of Lancashire.… …   Surnames reference

  • CHITTIM —    the Bible name for Cyprus …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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  • CETHIM — Hebr. Chittim, Graeci interpretes Κιττίους reddunt, et Κιτιεῖς, i. e. Cyprios, si Iosepho credimus; quia in Cypro insulâ, Citium urbs est celeberrima, patria Zenonis Stoici, qui Κιττιαίους inde appellatur. Addit idem, omnes insulas, et loca… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Isaiah 23 — 1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them. 2 Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that… …   The King James version of the Bible

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