🔼The name Alexandria: Summary
- The Defence Of The Men
- From (1) the verb αλεξω (alexo), to ward off, and (2) the noun ανδρος (andros), of man.
🔼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 Alexandrian (Αλεξανδρινος) ships (see full concordance).
Please see our article on the name Alexander for a closer look at the meaning and 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.