From: clayton stirling bartholomew (
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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