Easton's Bible Dictionary
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
27:17 ) in the Revised Version in place of "quicksands" in the Authorized
Version. It was the well-known Syrtis Major, the terror of all Mediterranean sailors.
"It is a dangerous shallow on the coast of Africa, between Tripoli and Barca,
southwest of the island of Crete." The other Syrtis, Syrtis Minor, was too far
west to be feared by Paul's fellow voyagers.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The Revised Version (British and American) form for "quicksands" in Acts
27:17. These sandbanks, off the northern coast of Africa, have from early
times been regarded as a source of danger to mariners. Virgil refers to them (Aen.
iv.40 f). In Paul's voyage, the ship, driven by a tempestuous wind, Euraquilo,
was in peril of being cast-upon them.
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