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klurk, klark (grammateus): The word "clerk," "writer," "town clerk," "scribe," is found in this meaning only in Acts 19:35, "when the townclerk had quieted the multitude." Cremer defines the word as signifying a "public servant among the Greeks and the reader of the legal and state-papers" (Lexicon of the New Testament). There was considerable difference between the authority of these "clerks" in the cities of Asia Minor and of Greece. Among the Greeks the grammateis were usually slaves, or at least persons belonging to the lower classes of society, and their office was a nominal, almost a mechanical, one. In Asia, on the contrary, they were officers of considerable consequence, as the passage quoted indicates (Thucidydes vii.19, "the scribe of the city") and the grammateus is not infrequently mentioned in the inscriptions and on the coins of Ephesus (e.g. British Museum Inscriptions, III, 2,482, 528). They had the supervision of the city archives, all official decrees were drawn up by them, and it was their prerogative to read such decrees to the assembled citizens. Their social position was thus one of eminence, and a Greek scribe would have been much amazed at the deference shown to his colleagues in Asia and at the power they wielded in the administration of affairs. See , further, Hermann, Staats Altertum, 127, 20; and EPHESUS.

Henry E. Dosker

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Town Clerk

the title ascribed in our version to the magistrate at Ephesus who appeased the mob in the theatre at the time of the tumult excited by Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen. (Acts 19:35) The original service of this class of men was to record the laws and decrees of the state, and to read them in public.

1122. grammateus -- a writer, scribe
... Word Origin from gramma Definition a writer, scribe NASB Word Usage scribe (4),
scribes (59), town clerk (1). scribe, town-clerk. From gramma. ...
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The Uproar in Ephesus.
... The uproar was quelled by the town-clerk, or secretary of the city, a person of
considerable authority, in the Asiatic cities, who having obtained a hearing ...
/.../dick/lectures on the acts of the apostles/lecture xxiii the uproar in.htm

Hymns of the Reformation. AD 1520-1600.
... and [59]Brandenburg; soldiers and lawyers, like [60]Reissner, who was at the siege
of Rome, and Spengler, the town-clerk of Nuremberg; artisans, like [61]Hans ...
/.../winkworth/christian singers of germany/chapter vi hymns of the.htm

Acts xix. 21, 23
... "And when the town clerk had appeased the ... 'Etherapeusen auten. Which may mean, Thus
he, the town clerk, paid homage to the city, by speaking of its honors. ...
/.../chrysostom/homilies on acts and romans/homily xlii acts xix 21.htm

The Conversion of Apollos, his Character, and the Ministry of Paul ...
... that he was a Jew, all with one voice, about the space of two hours, cried out"Great
is Diana of the Ephesians." [126:3] At length the town-clerk, or recorder ...
/.../killen/the ancient church/chapter viii the conversion of.htm

Political Parties in Connecticut at the Beginning of the ...
... Haven and Fair Haven Societies. He was also a justice of the peace, town clerk,
and mayor of the city. The last office was held, according ...
/.../chapter xiv political parties in.htm

Knox and Queen Mary (Continued), 1561-1564
... Knox had delivered his daily sermon, and was engaged with his vast correspondence,
when Arran was announced, with an advocate and the town clerk. ...
/.../lang/john knox and the reformation/chapter xv knox and queen.htm

... and privileges to Christians of all denominations in this state." It enacted that
henceforth certificates should be lodged with the town clerk, and permitted a ...
/.../chapter xv disestablishment.htm

The Jury's Charge against Wesley
... have been made: the one of August 23, the other of August 31, by the grand jury
for the town and county of Savannah, in Georgia, against John Wesley, Clerk. ...
/.../wesley/the journal of john wesley/the jurys charge against wesley.htm

... Carefully compiled and attested by the town clerk. Includes also graveyard inscriptions
and extracts from Hartford, Northampton and Springfield records. ...
/.../greene/the development of religious liberty in connecticut/appendix.htm

From the Death of Bishop Asbury to the Close of the General ...
... so far modified from time to time as to allow those who belonged to dissentient
sects the privilege of depositing a certificate in the town clerk's office of ...
/.../chapter 3 from the death.htm

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