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Q: #577. What is the meaning of "fell on his neck" in (Acts 20:37)?

     A: The term “fell on his neck” is used 5 times in the Bible: (Gen 33:4)(Gen 45:14)(Gen 46:29)(Lk 15:20)(Acts 20:37).

     While similar to a “hug” in its uses, it appears to be more emotional. In all but (Lk 15:20 – a parable), “weeping” is connected with it. In (Gen 33:4)(Lk 15:20)(Acts 20:37), a “kiss” is also given.

     In (Acts 20:37), the “Ephesian elders” fell on Paul’s neck, wept, and kissed him because he had told them in (Acts 20:25) that it would be the last time they would ever see him (he appears to have been mistaken: see 1 Tim 1:3).

Related: What is a “holy kiss” (Rom 16:16)(1 Cor 16:20)(2 Cor 13:12)(1 Th 5:26)?

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