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Agabus
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An early Christian prophet from Judaea, mentioned in Acts 11:27–28 and 21:10–12.In Acts 11, Agabus visits Antioch and predicts that a famine will “come over the whole inhabited earth” (Acts 11:28). This caused the Antiochene church to gather aid to send to the Judaean church with Barnabas and Saul. There is evidence of severe famines in various localities in the reign of Claudius (e.g., Suetonius, Claud. 18; Tacitus, Ann. 12.43), and in Judaea under the procurators Cuspius Fadus and Tiberius Alexander, ad 44–48 (Josephus, Antiquities 20.2.5; 20.5.2).Later, in Acts 21:10–12, Agabus warns Paul at Caesarea of the imprisonment and suffering awaiting him in Jerusalem. He uses a symbolic action to describe what will happen to Paul, but Paul is not dissuaded. According to later tradition, Agabus was part of the Seventy sent out by Jesus (Luke 10:1).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Agabus the Prophet
Agabus the Prophet (Ἅγαβος, Hagabos). An early Christian prophet from Judaea, mentioned in Acts 11:27–28 and 21:10–12.In Acts 11, Agabus visits Antioch and predicts that a famine will “come over the whole inhabited earth” (Acts 11:28). This caused the Antiochene church to gather aid to send to the Judaean
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Agabus (Person)
AGABUS (PERSON) [Gk Hagabos (Ἁγαβος)]. A Christian prophet from Judea (Acts 11:27–30 and 21:10–14). In 11:27–30 Agabus goes with a group of other prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch and prophesies that there would be a famine “over all the world.” Luke states that the prophecy was fulfilled during the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Agabus
Agabus. Prophet of NT times who made two predictions referred to in the Book of Acts. His prophecy of a severe famine was fulfilled in the time of Claudius (Acts 11:27, 28). He also predicted that Paul would be turned over to the Gentiles by the Jews in Jerusalem if he went there (Acts 21:10, 11).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Agabus
Agabus agʹə-bəs [GK. Agabos]. A Christian prophet of Jerusalem, twice mentioned in Acts.In Acts 11:27f, he is at Antioch foretelling “a great famine over all the world,” “which,” adds the historian, “came to pass in the days of Claudius.” The visit of Agabus to Antioch took place in the winter of a.d.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Agabus
AGABUS Prophet of NT times who made two predictions referred to in the book of Acts. His prophecy of a severe famine was fulfilled in the time of Claudius (Acts 11:27–28). He also predicted that Paul would be turned over to the Gentiles by the Jews in Jerusalem if he went there (Acts 21:10–11).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Agabus
Agabus (ag´uh-buhs), a Christian prophet from Jerusalem who, in Antioch, predicted a widespread famine during the reign of the emperor Claudius (Acts 11:27–28); later, at Caesarea, he foresaw Paul’s arrest in Jerusalem and subsequent imprisonment by the Gentiles (21:10–11). See also prophet.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Agabus
AGABUS. A prophet from Jerusalem (Acts 11:27–30) who predicted a widespread famine in the inhabited world (the Roman Empire). This occurred in the days of Claudius (a.d. 41–54), relief being sent probably between the years 45–46 by the Antioch church in Syria to the Jerusalem Christians. Presumably,
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Agabus
AGABUS. Derivation uncertain; possibly equals OT Hagab, Hagabah.A Jerusalem prophet whose prediction of ‘a great famine’ was fulfilled in the reign of Claudius (Acts 11:27–28). Suetonius, Dio Cassius, Tacitus and Eusebius mention famines at that time. At Caesarea he acted a prediction of Paul’s fate
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Agabus
Agabus [ăgˊə bəs] (Gk. Agabos). A New Testament prophet who (like some of his Old Testament predecessors) predicted future events. At Acts 11:27–30 he foretold a great famine during the reign of Claudius which would extend over the entire Roman Empire (“all the world,” RSV, KJV; NIV “the entire
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Agabus
AGABUS A Jewish-Christian prophet mentioned in Acts 11:27–30 and 21:10–11. While at Antioch, Agabus predicted that a terrible famine would strike the Roman Empire, a claim that was fulfilled during the reign of Emperor Claudius in a.d. 49. In the year 58, Agabus correctly predicted that Saint Paul would
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Agabus, St
Agabus, St., prophet. He is mentioned in Acts as foretelling the famine (AD 44–8) under Claudius (11:28) and St Paul’s imprisonment (21:10). In the E. Church he is held to be one of the seventy disciples (Lk. 10:1) and dignified as an Apostle. Feast day, in the E., 8 April; in the W., 13 Feb.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Agabus
Ag´abus (a locust), a Christian prophet in the apostolic age, mentioned in Acts 11:28 and 21:10. He predicted, Acts 11:28, that a famine would take place in the reign of Claudius. Josephus mentions a famine which prevailed in Judea in the reign of Claudius, and swept away many of the inhabitants. (In
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