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Assassins
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A group associated with revolt, robbery, and assassination. The Sicarii were known for hiding small, carved daggers in their clothes. In the ancient world, the term “Sicarii” could have applied to a range of people and groups but was most likely associated with political insurrection (Brighton, “Sicarii in Acts,” 558). About 600 Sicarii were involved in a revolt in Egypt (Nikiprowetzky, “Josephus,” 232).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Sicarii
Sicarii A group associated with revolt, robbery, and assassination. The Sicarii were known for hiding small, carved daggers in their clothes. In the ancient world, the term “Sicarii” could have applied to a range of people and groups but was most likely associated with political insurrection (Brighton,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Assassins
Assassins [GK. sikárioi] (Acts 21:38); AV MURDERERS; NEB TERRORISTS. The Sicarii, an outlaw band described by Josephus, and mentioned in Acts because Lysias mistook Paul for their Egyptian leader.Josephus (BJ ii.13.3; cf. ii.l7) relates that “there sprang up in Jerusalem a class of robbers called
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Assassins
assassins (Gk. sikarioi; Lat. sicarii, from sica, “dagger”), the term used in the nrsv for the Sicarii (lit., “dagger men”), a group of Jewish revolutionaries who, according to Josephus, operated surreptitiously against the Romans and their collaborators prior to the revolt of 66 ce. In Acts 21:38, Paul
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Assassins
ASSASSINS. A term in Acts 21:38 to render the Gk. sikarioi, here used of the followers of an *Egyptian impostor. The term was applied specially to groups of militant Jewish nationalists in the middle years of the 1st century ad who armed themselves with concealed daggers (Lat. sicoe, whence sicarii,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Assassins
AssassinsA Jewish revolutionary group (Gk. sikárioi, from Lat. sicarii., “dagger carriers”) that arose during the procuratorship of Felix (52–60 c.e.; Josephus Ant. 18.23–25; 20.160–72; cf. BJ 2.261–63). Named for short daggers (Lat. sica.) they concealed under their clothing, they assassinated their
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Assassins
Assassins (Gk. sikárioi, from Lat. sicarii “men with a dagger”). Jewish outlaws who promised political freedom; often they mingled with crowds at festive occasions with daggers hidden under their cloaks to murder those sympathetic to Rome. At Acts 21:38 Paul is mistaken for the Egyptian leader of
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Assassins
AssassinsAssassins (kjv: ‘murderers’; Gk. sikarioi; Lat. sicarii, from sica, ‘dagger’), according to Josephus a Jewish revolutionary group operating against the Romans and their collaborators prior to the revolt of a.d. 66. In Acts 21:38, Paul is mistakenly thought to be one of their leaders. See also
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Assassins
ASSASSINS — a fanatical group of Jewish nationalists in the first century a.d. Four thousand of them followed an Egyptian who promised to lead them in a rebellion against the Romans (Acts 21:38; terrorists, NIV). The Roman commander at Jerusalem wondered whether the apostle Paul was a member of this
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ASSASSINS
ASSASSINS<a-sas’-inz> ([σικάριοι, sicarioi]; the King James Version murderers): Josephus (BJ, II, xiii, 3, xvii) relates that “there sprang up in Jerusalem a class of robbers called Sicarii, who slew men in the daytime, and in the midst of the city. This they did chiefly when they mingled with the
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Assassins
ASSASSINS Organized Jewish group who attempted to win freedom from the Romans. The word in Greek is derived from the Latin term Sicarii and literally means “dagger men.” Josephus described them as hiding small daggers in their clothing, which they used in crowded situations to kill their victims. Sicarii
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Assassins
assassins. This NRSV term (Acts 21:38; NIV, “terrorists”) translates Greek sikarios G4974 (from Lat. sicarius, meaning “dagger man, murderer”). It was a name given to, and borne by, fanatical Jewish nationalists who stood in the Maccabean tradition (see Maccabee). Members of the band carried, hidden
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Assassins
ASSASSINS, a-sas′inz (σικάριοι, sicárioi; AV murderers): Jos (BJ, II, xiii, 3, xvii) relates that “there sprang up in Jerus a class of robbers called Sicarii, who slew men in the daytime, and in the midst of the city. This they did chiefly when they mingled with the populace at the festivals, and, hiding
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