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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(properly מַצְרַי, Mitsri', Αἰγύπτιος; but often in the plur. as a rendering in the A.V. of מַצְרִיסַם , Egypt), a native of the land of Egypt (q.v.); found in the sing. masc. (Genesis 39:1, etc.; Acts 21:38, etc.), fem. מַצְרַית (Genesis 16:1), plur. masc. מַצְרַים (Genesis 12:12; Genesis 12:14; Acts 7:22, etc.), fem. מַצְרַיּוֹת . (Exodus 1:19). The Egyptian insurrectionist of Acts 21:38, seems to have been a mountebank (γόης, Josephus, War, 2:13, 5), or pretended prophet (Ant. 20:7, 6). See PAUL. That country was proverbial for such characters.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Egyptian'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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