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DOCTOR . In Luke 2:46 it is said that the boy Jesus was found in the Temple, ‘sitting in the midst of the doctors.’ The doctors were Jewish Rabbis. The Eng. word, like the Greek ( didaskalos ), means simply ‘teacher.’ So Luke 5:17 and Acts 5:34 , where the Gr. for ‘doctor of the law’ is one word ( nomodidaskalos ). Bacon calls St. Paul ‘the Doctor of the Gentiles.’

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Doctor'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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