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Ananias (husband of Sapphira)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A member of the church in Jerusalem who, along with his wife, Sapphira, was struck dead for lying about the sale price of a piece of property. The name may be a transcription of a Hebrew name meaning “God is merciful.”Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, sold property to give to the church. They withheld money while acting as if they had given the total amount (Acts 5:1–3). When Peter confronted Ananias, he fell dead. About three hours later, Peter asked her directly about the sale price. She lied, and was also struck dead. The stated reason for their deaths is that they lied to the Holy Spirit—to God (Acts 5:3–4, 9).For further discussion of the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira, see this article: Sapphira.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ananias of Jerusalem
Ananias of Jerusalem (Ανανίας, Ananias). A member of the church in Jerusalem who, along with his wife, Sapphira, was struck dead for lying about the sale price of a piece of property. The name may be a transcription of a Hebrew name meaning “God is merciful.”Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, sold property
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ananias (Person)
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
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ananias
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
Ananias (husband of Sapphira)
1. A member of the church at Jerusalem, the husband of Sapphira (Acts 5:1–10). He and his wife sold their property, and gave to the common fund of the church part of the purchase money, pretending it was the whole. When his hypocrisy was denounced by Peter, Ananias fell down dead; and three hours later
Ananias
Ananias an-ə-nīʹəs [GK. Hananias < Heb. ananyâ—‘Yahweh has been gracious’]. A common Jewish name occurring several times in Acts, and in the Apocrypha. The OT form of the name is Hananiah.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ananias
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
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
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Ananias
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
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ananias
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
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ananias
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,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ananias
Ananias [ănˊə nīˊəs] (Gk. Hananias, from Heb. ananyâ “Yahweh has been gracious”).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ananias
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
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Ananias and Sapphira
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.
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