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Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
#867 - ἄφιξις
ἄφιξις, εως, Ion. ἄπιξις, ιος, ἡ: (ἀφικνέομαι): —
1. arrival, Hdt. 1.69, al.; τὴν ἀπὸ Κορίνθου ἄ. arrival from C., Id. 5.92. ζ; ἐς Θήβας Id. 9.17; ἄ. ἐπὶ Σαρπηδονίης ἄκρης ποιεῖσθαι Id. 7.58; μέρος αὐτῆς ἀπίξιος παρὰ τὸν μάγον her turn for going in to him, Id. 3.69, cf. Pl. 337e, Aristeas 173, J. Revelation 1:18, etc.; ἄ. εἰς τοὺς πολεμίους ποιησάμενος D. 5.8; ἄ. εἰς Κύπρον Isoc. 9.53; ἡ ἐνθάδε ἄ. Hdt. 3.145, Lys. 2.26; ἡ οἴκαδε ἄ. home again, D. 1.2, 3.39.
2. departure, J. AJ 2.2.4, Acts 20:29.
II = ἱκεσία, A. Supp. 483.
** ἄφ -ιξις , -εως , ἡ ,
(< ἀφικνέομαι ),
[in LXX: 3 Maccabees 7:18 *;]
in cl. usually, arrival; rarely, departure: Acts 20:29 (so in Papyri, cf. MM, s.v.; M, Proverbs 26:1-28, n.).†
One early citation may be made from P Petr II. 13 (18 a).6 (B.C. 258–3) ἵνα ἀναχωσθῆι καὶ ὁμαλισθῇ πρὸς [τὴ ]ν τοῦ βασιλέως ἄφιξιν , where the word certainly means arrival (the reference is to the filling up and levelling of some excavated place in view of a visit from King Ptolemy II.) : so also in Aristeas (ed. Wendland) 173 ὡς δὲ παρεγενήθημεν εἰς Ἀλεξάνδρειαν , προσηγγέλη τῷ βασιλεῖ περὶ τῆς ἀφίξεως ήμῶν , and Magn 17.11 ὡς δὲ περὶ ὀγδοιήκονθ᾽ ἕτη μετὰ τὴν ἄφιξιν ἐφά [νησαν οἱ λευκοὶ ] κόρακες , and as late as iv/A.D. in P Lips I. 64.35 πρὸς (l. πρὸ ) τῆς ἀφίξεως τοῦ δικαστηρίου and .47, and in the Christian letter P Oxy VI. 939.26 ff. (= Selections, p. 130) παραμυθούμ [ε ]θ ̣α ̣ δ ̣ε ̣̣ αὐτὴν ἑκάρτης ὥρας ἐκδεχόμενοι τὴν [σ ]ὴν ἄφιχιν , ";we comfort her by hourly expecting your arrival"; (Edd.). But Josephus Antt. ii. 18 fin., μὴ προδηλώσαντες τῷ πατρὶ τὴν ἐκεῖσε ἄφιξιν —not included among Grimm’s citations—can hardly mean anything but ";departure,"; or at least ";journey"; : Whiston renders ";removal."; It must be admitted that Jos. uses the word also for ";arrival,"; as Apion i. 18 (127), 25 (223) and 27 (275). See Proleg. p. 26 n1 on the question of Acts 20:29.
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