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CHUZA (Χουζᾶς).—The ἐπίτροπος or house-steward of Herod the tetrarch, and husband of Joanna one of the women who, having been healed either of a sickness or of an evil spirit, attached themselves to Jesus and ‘ministered unto him of their substance’ (Luke 8:3). Chuza is identified by Mr. Stanley Cook (Glossary of Aramaic Inscriptions, Cambr. 1898) with the father of one Hayyân whose family erected a rock-cut tomb at el-Hegr in Arabia, with the inscription: לחין בד בוזא אחדה ‘To Hayyân, son of Kûzâ, his posterity (erected this tomb).’ The monument is probably of the 1st cent. b.c. or a.d. Blass (of the Gospels), on the authority of , a 7th cent. MS of the Vulgate, identifies the name with the Greek Κυδἰας; but this seems more than doubtful. Chuza may have been of a Nabataean family, married to a Jewish wife. Joanna is also mentioned (Luke 24:10) as one of the women who came early to the sepulchre to anoint the Lord’s body (See Joanna).

Chuzas is preferred by the American Committee of Revisers as the more proper spelling of Chuza.

Literature.—Expositor, v. ix. [1899] 118 ff.; Edersheim, Life and Times, i. 429, 572.

R. Macpherson.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Chuza'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. 1906-1918.

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