From: clayton stirling bartholomew (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Feb 11 1998 - 08:56:48 EST
There are two words GAZA and GAZA which each appear only once in the NT and
they appear in the same passage Acts 8:26-27. GAZA is the name of a town in
southern Palestine where as GAZA is a Persian loan word for "treasure" found
in first century Latin and Greek.
Now what is the probability that these two NT hapaxlegomona would just show up
"randomly" in close proximity? I think the probability of this is rather low.
Perhaps Luke having just named the town was looking for a word to describe the
office of the Ethiopian and the GAZA just pooped into his head as a likely candidate.
Any other theories on this?
Can anyone cite examples of this kind of thing happening elsewhere in the NT?
-- Clayton Stirling Bartholomew Three Tree Point P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062
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