Summary: Located in modern-day Lebanon, Sarepta was a city on the coast of the Mediterranean
Sea between the cities of Sidon and Tyre (MAP).
After offending members of the synagogue in Nazareth, Yeshua reminded the people
that ‘no prophet is accepted in his own country’, and referred to an event recorded
in scripture in which the prophet Elijah went outside the borders of Israel seeking
the assistance of a widow who lived in Sarepta (Y:6:6-23). While staying at the home
of the women, Porcius and Salome, Yeshua was accused by scribes and Pharisees of
communing with Gentiles and sinners. Once again, Yeshua referenced the story of Elijah
and the widow from Sarepta (Y:20:15-29).
While teaching in the city of Tyre, Yeshua was invited to come to Sidon by way of
ship, but he chose instead to travel by foot through the town of Sarepta. Once there,
he went to the house of Callistus and healed his only son. When Callistus offered
to give Yeshua anything he asked, Yeshua requested to adopt the slave boy, Thaddeus
Labbaeus, whom Yeshua called Jude (Y:22:70-85).
Did not Elijah, by God’s word, go up unto Sarepta that he might find refuge in the
house of a Sidonian widow? Will you say that Elijah sinned because he entered also
the house of a Gentile?
Why, therefore, will you yourselves behave unseemly before God because of Gentiles