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Post  A Bible Student on Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:26 pm

Modern day Libya was known as such at least as far back as the first century as we can see from Luke's writings in the book of Acts.

Acts 2:10
Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
However, it's only ever mentioned in this one verse in the NT.

Whether Libya was referred to by the Greeks and the Romans as the land just west of Egypt, just west of the Nile, all of North Africa or all of Africa doesn't matter when it comes to analyzing OT prophesies. The only reference that matters is that of the OT writers, which wrote centuries before the Greeks and Romans conquered the area.

OT references to Libya in prophesy can be translated from various Hebrew placenames, depending upon the verse and translation used.

For example, the KJV translates Ezekiel 30:5 as
Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.
The NAS translates the same verse as
Ethiopia, Put, Lud, and all Arabia, Libya and the people of the land that is in league will fall with them by the sword.
The Biblios Interlintear Transliteration of Ezekiel 30:5 is as follows:

StrongsBiblios Transliteration
6316ū·p̄ūṭ וּפ֤וּט Put
3865wə·lūḏ וְלוּד֙ Lud
3605wə·ḵāl וְכָל־ all
6154hā·‘e·reḇ הָעֶ֣רֶב Arabia
3552wə·ḵūḇ וְכ֔וּב and Chub
1121ū·ḇə·nê וּבְנֵ֖י and the people
776 ’e·reṣ אֶ֣רֶץ of the land
1285hab·bə·rîṯ הַבְּרִ֑ית league
854 ’it·tām אִתָּ֖ם by
2719ba·ḥe·reḇ בַּחֶ֥רֶב the sword
5307yip·pō·lūיִפֹּֽלוּ׃ will fall
So, although Libya is in both the KJV and NAS versions in this verse, it is used for two different hebrew words, put (KJV) and chub (NAS). Another OT word sometimes translated as Lybia is lubim.

So it's best to look at the specific Hebrew placenames when dealing with these ancient kingdoms.

All of my quotes are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.

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