Summary: In the days of Yeshua, Tyre was a prominent Roman seaport located on the
east coast of the Mediterranean sea. Many would travel south from the pagan cities
of Tyre and Sidon to witness John the Baptizer’s teachings in Galilee and Judea (Y:2:6).
In spite of its non-Israelite population, the people here had great interest in Yeshua
and his teachings. During the second year of his ministry, following the transfiguration
event on Mount Tabor, Yeshua pronounced judgment upon the Galilean cities of Chorazin
and Bethsaida, stating that had similar works been done in Tyre and Sidon, the people
would have repented in sackcloth and ashes (Y:19:64-65).
After teaching in Caesarea Phillippi (Y:21:26-27), Yeshua traveled west to the city
of Tyre. Upon entering the gates of the city, Yeshua was approached by a Gentile
widow who asked the Master to heal her sick daughter with merely speaking the word.
Yeshua responded, saying: “Woman, great is your faith. Let it be according to the
desires of your heart” (Y:21:46-51).
While in Tyre, Yeshua was invited to resided at the house of a wealthy dye merchant
named Jakobis, the father of twin sisters, Maximilla and Prisca. People would gather
at the property gardens to be healed and hear Yeshua teach (Y:21:52-59).
While walking in the marketplace of Tyre, Yeshua was approached by two followers
of a famous Greek philosopher named Zostrianos. Hearing that Yeshua was in the city,
Zostrianos hoped to speak with the famous man from Galilee. Scripture presents a
lively debate between Zostrianos and Yeshua, as the two addressed such topics as
the nature of God and worship, spirit and soul, and faith and knowledge. After Yeshua
refused Zostrianos’ offer to pay money in exchange for secret knowledge, the philosopher
became offended, scoffing at Yeshua’s allegiance with the poor and uneducated. Yeshua
answered by healing a man who had been lame since his birth. The sophist was so flustered
by the event that he wrote a letter of recrimination to Vitellius, the Governor of
On his way from Tyre to Sidon (25 miles north), Yeshua passed through the town of
Sarepta, where he adopted a slave boy whom he named Jude (Y:22:70-85).
More than a year later while staying in Ephraim, Yeshua was approached by a distressed
couple — the woman of which was fleeing an abusive relationship to be with her true
love. Yeshua gave to them a short note and a signet ring from the house of Jakobis.
He instructed them to find the twin sisters, Maximilla and Prisca, and assured the
couple they would be well taken care of (Y:40:1-15). According to Azrael’s Commentary,
Yeshua sent Rufinius to protect the couple on their journey. As a result, Rufinius
was absent during Yeshua’s arrest and crucifixion (AZC — Rufinius; para. 3).
“Being freed from the burdens of being the chief rabbi, Jairus and his family followed
Yeshua on his Sidonian mission. He resettled in the city of Tyre where he became
a successful merchant and a leading member of a local group of Yeshua’s followers,
among which were the twin sisters, Maximilla and Prisca.
Azrael’s Commentary - Jairus; para. 2
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“Weep Chorazin and cry aloud Bethsaida, for if the works which were done in you had
been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
For I tell you truly that it shall prove more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in that
day than for you, for you are made blind for pride sake; thinking yourselves righteous
above all others.