Acts 7:16

From: Juan R. Rains (
Date: Sat Mar 27 1999 - 18:15:01 EST

We know that Jacob purchased the burying site at Shechem, rather than
Abraham as indicated in Acts 7:16 (Joshua 24:32).

Acts 7:16 And were carried over into Sychem (Shechem), and laid in the
sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor
(Hamor) the father of Sychem (Shechem).

Gill gives the following solution for this "problem" verse:

what best seems to remove the difficulty is, that the words refer to both
places and purchases; to the field of Machpelah bought by Abraham, and to
the parcel of field in Sichem bought by Jacob, of the sons of Emmor; for
the words with the repetition of the phrase, "in the sepulchre", may be
read thus; "and were laid in the sepulchre, that Abraham bought for a sum
of money", and in the sepulchre (bought by Jacob) "of the sons of Emmor",
the father of Sichem; or the words may be rendered thus, "they were carried
over into Sichem, and laid in the sepulchre which Abraham bought for a sum
of money, besides" that "of the sons of Emmor", the father "of Sichem";
namely, which Jacob bought, and in which Joseph was laid, #Ge 33:19, Jos

My question is, Does the Greek in this verse allow for Gill's proposed
solution? Does the Greek allow for a repetition of "in the sepulchre"?


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