ANANIAS (PERSON) [Gk Hananias (Ἁνανιας)]. Probably a transcription of the not uncommon Hebrew name ḥănanĕyāh, “God is merciful,” with a Greek ending. Here we are concerned with five individuals who bore this name.1. The angel Raphael claims that he is Tobit’s kinsman Azariah, the son of the great
Ananias. 1. Member of the early church in Jerusalem. Along with his wife, Sapphira, he was struck dead for attempted deception with regard to some money (Acts 5:1–5).2. Early convert to Christianity who was living in Damascus when Saul of Tarsus (Paul) arrived there supposedly to arrest Christians.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
3. A high priest in Jerusalem, a.d. 47–59. From Josephus (Ant. xx.5.2; 6.2; 9.2; BJ ii.17.9) we glean the following facts: He was the son of Nedebaeus (or Nebedaeus) and was nominated to the high-priestly office of Herod of Chalcis. In a.d. 52 he was sent to Rome by Quadratus, legate of Syria, to answer
ANANIAS1. Member of the early church in Jerusalem. Along with his wife, Sapphira, he was struck dead for attempted deception with regard to some money (Acts 5:1–5).2. Early convert to Christianity who was living in Damascus when Saul of Tarsus (Paul) arrived there supposedly to arrest Christians. Ananias
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ananias (an´uh-ni´uhs).1 According to Acts 5:1–11, an early Christian in Jerusalem who, with his wife Sapphira, fell dead shortly after falsely claiming to have given the entire proceeds of the sale of their property to the community’s common fund (see 4:32–37). Their death was interpreted as divine
ANANIAS1. Ananias and Sapphira (q.v.), husband and wife, of Acts 5:1–11. In sharp contrast to the unselfishness of other church members, they pretended to give to Jerusalem church the total sale price of their property while they actually retained part for themselves. Peter rebuked Ananias, who was
ANANIAS, Gk. form of Hananiah (‘Yahweh has dealt graciously’). 1. In Acts 5:1ff. a member of the primitive church of Jerusalem whose contribution to the common fund was less than he pretended; he fell dead when his dishonesty was exposed. 2. In Acts 9:10ff. a follower of Jesus in Damascus, ‘a devout
Ananias (Gk. Hananɩ́as)1. A member of the early Christian community in Jerusalem, the husband of Sapphira (Acts 5:1–10). Ananias and his wife held back some of the proceeds of the sale of their land, giving to the community only a portion. Peter interprets this as lying to the apostolic leadership,
ANANIAS The name of three men in the Acts of the Apostles.1. The husband of Sapphira and a member of the earliest Christian community in Jerusalem (Acts 5:1–10). According to the account in Acts, Ananias and Sapphira withheld from the community some of the proceeds from the sale of land, though they
Ananias and Sapphira. The man and his wife who, acc. to Acts 5:1–11, held back part of their property when the Apostolic Church was experimenting with community of goods and, on being challenged in turn by St *Peter, suddenly fell dead.