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Entry for Strong's #2299 - θεά

Word Origin
from of (2316)
Parts of Speech
Noun Feminine
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. a goddess
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (3) NAS (2) HCS (1)
Acts 3
Acts 2
Acts 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

θεά, ἡ,

in later θεή Call. Dian. 119, dat. θεῇ A.R. 3.549 codd. (Hom. has dat. pl. θεῆς, θεῇσι, Il. 3.158, 8.305), Lacon. σιά Ar. Lys. 1263 (lyr.): fem. of θεός (q.v.) in , Trag.(with imitations in Com., as Antiph. 81, Eub. 64), Att. in set phrases (v. infr.) and later Prose:

I goddess, opp. γυνή, Il. 14.315: with another Subst., θ. μήτηρ 1.280; θεαὶ νύμφαι 24.615; Παλλὰς θ. S. Ant. 1184; θεοὶ θεαί τε A. Th. 87 (lyr.); μὰ θεούς, μὰ θεάς Pl. Smp. 219c; μὰ τοὺς θεοὺς καὶ τὰς θεάς D. 19.67; τοῖς δώδεκα θεοῖς καὶ ταῖς σεμναῖς θεαῖς IG 22.112.9, cf. Antiph. 206.2, Anaxandr. 2; τῷ θεῷ καὶ τῇ θεᾷ IG 12.76.39: in dual, of Demeter and Persephone, μεγάλα θεά S. OC 683 (in earlier Att. τὼ θεώ, v. θεός) ; αἱ θεαί IG 22.661.28 (iii B.C.); αἱ σεμναὶ θ. the Erinyes, S. OC 458, etc.; δειναί, ἀνώνυμοι θ., E. El. 1270, IT 944.

II name of third τόπος, Vett. Val. 69.12, Paul.Al. L. 3, cf. Cat.Cod.Astr. 8(4).144. [ -, but sts. monosyll. in Trag., as E. Andr. 978.]

Thayer's Expanded Definition

θεά, θεᾶς, (feminine of θεός) (from Homer down), a goddess: Acts 19:27, and Rec. also in 35, 37.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

* θεά , -ᾶς ,

(fem. of θεός , q.v.),

a goddess: Acts 19:27.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

Ἡ θεά (Acts 19:27), and not ἡ θεός as generally in Attic prose (cf. Acts 19:37), is the usual form in Ptolemaic papyri, e.g. P Par 37.27 (B.C. 163) εἰσέλθοντες εἰς τὸ τῆς θεᾶς ἄδυτον, ib. 51.28 (B.C. 160) (= Selections, p. 20) θεὰ θεῶν (of Isis), P Grenf II. 15.10 (B.C. 139) Κλεοπάτρας τῆς μητρὸς θεᾶς ἐπιφανοῦς, and other exx. in Mayser Gr. p. 254 f. : cf. from Imperial times P Oxy VIII. 1117.2 (c. A.D. 178) Ἀθη [νᾶς ] τῆς καὶ Θοήριδος θεᾶς μεγίστης.

The same form is also common in the inscrr., e.g. Magn 47.13 (a decree of Chalcis—not after B.C. 199) τήν τε τῆς θεᾶς (sc. Ἀρτέμιδος Λευκοφρυηνῆς) ̣πιφάνειαν. On the other hand it is noteworthy that the classical ἡ θεός is frequently found in Magnesian inscrr. proper as a kind of technical term to describe this goddess as the great goddess of the city, e.g. ib. 100 a.28 τὴν ἐπιβάλλουσαν τιμὴν καὶ παρεδρείαν ποιούμενοι τῆς θεοῦ. Accordingly it is rightly put by Luke into the mouth of the town clerk in Acts 19:37 (cf ver. 27) : see further Thieme, p. 10 f., Nachmanson, p. 126, and cf. Proleg. pp. 60, 244.


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