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Jerome, Book of Places 163


In his lexicon of place names in Hebrew Scripture, Jerome wrote concerning marshy Saron, named at Isaiah 33:9, that in his time there were two regions called Saronas, one between Caesarea and Joppa. The same information is recorded in the parallel passage at Eusebius, Dictionary of Place Names 162, written roughly one century before Jerome’s work.


Saron, cuius et Esaias meminit dicens “in paludes versus est Saron.” usque in praesentem autem diem regio inter montem Thabor et stagnum Tiberiadis Saronas appellatur. sed et a Caesarea Palaestinae usque ad oppidum Ioppe omnis terra quae cernitur, dicitur Saronas.1

Textual Note

Ed. Klosterman 1904


Saron, which Isaiah also mentioned, saying, “Saron turned into swamp.” Even up to the present day the region between Mount Thabor and Lake Tiberias is called Saronas. All the land seen from Caesarea Palestinae as far as the town Joppa is also called Saronas.

Translation Note

Trans. J. L. Rife

Works Cited

  • 1 Eusebius of Caesarea, Eusebius Werke III.1. Das Onomastikon der biblischen Ortsnamen, ed. Erich Klostermann, repr. Hildesheim: Georg Olms 1966, Die grieschischen christlichen Schriftsteller der ersten drei Jahrhunderte (Leipzig: J. C. Hinrichs, 1904), p: 163.Link to Zotero Bibliographic RecordLink to Bibliographic record

Additional Bibliography

  • Eusebius of Caesarea, Palestine in the Fourth Century A.D.: The Onomasticon by Eusebius of Caesarea, ed. Joan E. Taylor, trans. Freeman-Grenville (Jerusalem: Carta, 2003)Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

How to Cite This Entry

Joseph L. Rife, “Jerome, Book of Places 163,” in Caesarea Maritima: A Collection of Testimonia, entry published October 19, 2022,


Joseph L. Rife, “Jerome, Book of Places 163.” In Caesarea Maritima: A Collection of Testimonia, edited by Joseph L. Rife., edited by Joseph L. Rife. Caesarea City and Port Exploration Project, 2022. Entry published October 19, 2022.

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Entry Title: Jerome, Book of Places 163

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