Aug
2013

The Greek word apographe

Found just twice in the New Testament (Lk. 2:2Lk. 2:2
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

2 This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

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; Acts 5:37Acts 5:37
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the enrolment, and drew away some of the people after him: he also perished; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad.

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), the Greek noun “apographe” meant “registration” or “enrollment.”  In Lk. 2:2Lk. 2:2
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

2 This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

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this term describes a “registration” (something like a census) for the purpose of taxation.  This kind of event was so significant it was used to help date things (Acts 5:37Acts 5:37
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the enrolment, and drew away some of the people after him: he also perished; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad.

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