The Ethiopian was reading Isaiah (Acts 8:28)

“This Ethiopian eunuch

Was returning home.

He was seated

In his chariot,

As he was reading

The prophet Isaiah.”

ἦν δὲ ὑποστρέφων καὶ καθήμενος ἐπὶ τοῦ ἅρματος αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀνεγίνωσκεν τὸν προφήτην Ἡσαΐαν.

The author of Acts indicated that this Ethiopian eunuch was returning home (ἦν δὲ ὑποστρέφων) to Ethiopia.  He was seated (καὶ καθήμενος) in his chariot (ἐπὶ τοῦ ἅρματος αὐτοῦ).  He was reading (καὶ ἀνεγίνωσκεν) the prophet Isaiah (τὸν προφήτην Ἡσαΐαν).  This Ethiopian eunuch was also leaving Jerusalem on his way home, sitting in his chariot reading the prophet Isaiah, who was very popular around the time of Jesus.  Acts mentioned him often, about six or seven times, as did the contemporary Essene Qumran Dead Sea community group also.  Thus, reading the book of the prophet Isaiah did not seem out of place.  The only question would be where he got a copy of Isaiah, since it would have been expensive to have a scriptural manuscript.  However, he seemed like a man of some means, since he was sitting in a chariot.  Have you ever read the prophet Isaiah?

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