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Acts 8:38-40 reads:

38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Was Philip teleported to Azotus by the Holy Spirit?

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  • Scripture only says Philip was 'found' or 'appeared' at Azotus. Scripture does not comment on how he got there. (Or, when he got there.) Scripture does not treat of such things as if they were some sort of magic show to entertain the populace. Some things are necessary for the spread of the gospel. But they are not drawn attention to. What matters is the gospel. – Nigel J Oct 3 '20 at 22:07
  • @NigelJ nobody claimed it to be a magic show. Teleportation is the fastest way of transportation, and as such it inherits all the useful properties of transportation, namely, arriving at an intended destination with an intended purpose. I see nothing wrong with the Holy Spirit teleporting someone from one place to another to fulfill kingdom purposes. – Spirit Realm Investigator Oct 3 '20 at 23:05
  • . . .. but it is a sheer supposition.The scripture does not state that. What is the period of time between Philip speaking to the Eunuch and Philip being found elsewhere ? Without that piece of information you cannot be sure he did not walk the journey. – Nigel J Oct 3 '20 at 23:51
  • Spirit (hence respiration) means breath, a form of air movement, similar to wind. In the ancient languages, in which the sacred scriptures were written (such as Hebrew of Greek), identical or nearly-identical words are used to express all these related concepts (e.g., John 3:8, Acts 2:2-4, etc). So the quoted text appears to say that Philip was taken away by a sudden and mighty rush of wind, eventually landing in or near the ancient city of Azotus. – Lucian Oct 4 '20 at 10:45
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NET Bible Acts 8:39

Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any more, but went on his way rejoicing.

carried
ἥρπασεν (hērpasen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 726: To seize, snatch, obtain by robbery. From a derivative of haireomai; to seize.

There is a kind of this transport prototype in the OT with Elijah and Elisha in 2 Kings

2:11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more.

Five verses later, the action is described as a pick up by the Spirit.

16 "Look," they said, "we your servants have fifty able men. Let them go and look for your master. Perhaps the Spirit of the LORD has picked him up and set him down on some mountain or in some valley."

In both cases, they never saw each other again. Yes, I would say that Philip was transported by the Spirit in a supernatural way.

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