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    Acts 19

    I was looking into Acts 19 and wonder if the word rush has anything to do with the spoke 19 since Mark the 19th book was focusing on the quick work of Jesus Christ?

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    That appears to be a delicate but valid link. The idea of swiftness that characterizes the Gospel of Mark is present in the verse you quote (Acts 19:29).

    Strong's Concordance says that the word for "rush" in this verse could also be translated as "run (violently)", cohering with the mentions of "running" in Mark. Interestingly, this word appears thrice in the Gospels, one in each Synoptic, and describes the same event: the herd of swine who ran violently down to the sea. It is interesting because the triple occurrance is centered on the Gospel of Mark, just like the triple occurance of the "eye of the needle" which is the literal meaning of the letter Quph that governs the Second Gospel.

    The word appears elsewhere only in Acts 7:57. So it seems that we have a subtle link in Acts 19 to the Quph KeyWord Qal (swift).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    That appears to be a delicate but valid link. The idea of swiftness that characterizes the Gospel of Mark is present in the verse you quote (Acts 19:29).

    Strong's Concordance says that the word for "rush" in this verse could also be translated as "run (violently)", cohering with the mentions of "running" in Mark. Interestingly, this word appears thrice in the Gospels, one in each Synoptic, and describes the same event: the herd of swine who ran violently down to the sea. It is interesting because the triple occurrance is centered on the Gospel of Mark, just like the triple occurance of the "eye of the needle" which is the literal meaning of the letter Quph that governs the Second Gospel.

    The word appears elsewhere only in Acts 7:57. So it seems that we have a subtle link in Acts 19 to the Quph KeyWord Qal (swift).
    It looks like the word congregation or assembly in Greek is ecclesia. And the word temple in the phrase robbers of churches in the Greek is interpreted differently. Maybe it should've been robbers of temples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilgal View Post
    It looks like the word congregation or assembly in Greek is ecclesia.
    Yes, it is. It is precisely what ecclesia means: assembly, church, congregation. What are you thinking? Any links?

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    And the word temple in the phrase robbers of churches in the Greek is interpreted differently. Maybe it should've been robbers of temples.
    Correct! In this case it is not ecclesia, but hieron (temple).

    Yesterday I was thinking about a link between Acts 19 and Mark based upon this. Just as Christ tought in the temple of Jerusalem denouncing that there were thieves in the temple ("Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.") and that lead to his persecution, Paul teached in the school of Tyrannus in Ephesus and many people quit their pagan practices to follow The Way which led to Paul's persecution.

    In both contexts we read of a threat to commercial activity, temple robbers/thieves, multitudes and persecution. There are too many common elements.

    And just as the theme of the eye of the needle in Mark (Spoke 19) is reflected on the Inner Cycle of Matthew in Matthew 19, the account described above about Christ in the temple is also described in Luke 19.

    Thus we have a common set of motifs in three different parts of Scripture governed by Quph: Mark, Luke 19 and Acts 19.

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