An important commercial centre, 18 km. (11 miles) SE of Joppa. Some of the returning exiles settled at Lydda (Lod; Ezra 2: 33). After being outside Judaea, it was returned to Jonathan and the Jews by King Demetrius in 145 BCE (1 Macc. 11: 34) and was visited by Peter (Acts 9: 32–5).