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Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Acts 27:12. Phenice, or rather Phoenix (derived from the Greek, "palmtree"); a town and harbour S. of Crete, which as being safer to winter in the master of Paul's ship made for from Fair Havens, but owing to the tempestuous E.N.E. wind failed to reach. It looked toward the S.W. and N.W. On the S. side of the narrow part of Crete (Strabo x. 4). Situated over against Clauda (Hierocles). Now Lutro, but the description "looking toward S.W. and N.W." no longer applies. Either great changes have occurred in its curving shore, or translated "looking down the S.W. and N.W.," i.e. pointing the opposite direction to these winds, namely, N.E. and S.E. (?)
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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Phenice'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/p/phenice.html. 1949.