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Alexandria meaning

Αλεξανδρια
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🔼The name Alexandria in the Bible

The conquests of Alexander the Great led to the formation of a few dozen cities named Alexandria, ranging from Egypt to Persia and Afghanistan (according to the Times Atlas of the Bible). The Alexandria referred to in the Bible was a city founded by the Ptolemies, Alexander's successors in Egypt, who made it a capital but also a renowned center of learning (says the Oxford Companion to the Bible).

The Egyptian city of Alexandria is only mentioned indirectly in the Bible. In Acts 6:9 and 18:24 we read of Alexandrians, and in Acts 27:6 and 28:11 we read about ships belonging to Alexandria.

Please see our article on the name Alexander for a meaning of etymology of both these names, and see our article on the name Zenas for a possible connection between the New Testament and the famous library of Alexandria.

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