Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 8:26 - 8:26

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Robertson Word Pictures - Acts 8:26 - 8:26

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Toward the South (kata mesēmbrian). Old word from mesos and hēmera, midday or noon as in Act 22:16, the only other example in the N.T. That may be the idea here also, though “towards the South” gets support from the use of kata liba in Act 27:12.

The same is desert (hautē estin erēmos). Probably a parenthetical remark by Luke to give an idea of the way. One of the ways actually goes through a desert. Gaza itself was a strong city that resisted Alexander the Great five months. It was destroyed by the Romans after war broke out with the Jews.