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A division of the Roman army (Acts 27:1). One of the centurions of the Augustan Cohort was responsible for guarding Paul during the voyage from Caesarea to Rome.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
AUGUSTAN COHORT [Gk speira Sebastē (σπειρα Σεβαστη)]. An auxiliary unit in the Roman army, one of whose centurions guarded Paul on his sea voyage from Caesarea to Rome (Acts 27:1). Acts 27:42 mentions that the centurion, named JULIUS, was accompanied by soldiers who shared responsibility for guarding
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Augustus’ Band. Roman military unit mentioned in Acts 27:1 (kjv). Julius, the centurion who had custody of the apostle Paul on the way to Rome, was a member of Augustus’ Band. The Greek word translated “band” normally meant a Roman cohort or force of two cohorts. Some scholars, assuming that Julius was
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
AUGUSTUS’S BAND* Roman military unit mentioned in Acts 27:1 (kjv). Julius, the centurion who had custody of the apostle Paul on the way to Rome, was a member of Augustus’s Band. The Greek word translated “band” normally meant a Roman cohort or force of two cohorts. Some scholars, assuming that Julius
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Augustan Cohort [ə gŭsˊtən kōˊhôrt] (Gk. speíra Sebastḗ). A division of the Roman army, a cohort (the tenth of a legion or about 600 soldiers) named after Augustus (rather than the city of Samaria, then named Sebaste). Most likely it was the Cohors Augusta I, which, according to inscriptions,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
AUGUSTAN REGIMENT — one of five cohorts, or regiments, of the Roman army stationed at or near Caesarea. While the apostle Paul was being transported to Rome as a prisoner, he was put in the charge of “one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment” (Acts 27:1). A regiment, or cohort, was made
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
AUGUSTAN COHORT Unit of the Roman army stationed in Syria from about a.d. 6. The cohort’s place among the rest of the Roman army is indicated by the fact that it was named after the emperor. This special unit was given charge of Paul on his way to Rome (Acts 27:1). In Luke’s eyes this demonstrated the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Augustan Cohort (σπεῖρα Σεβαστή G5061 + G4935). This title, corresponding to Latin cohors Augusta, occurs in Acts 27:1 (KJV, “Augustus’ band”; NIV, “Imperial Regiment”) with reference to troops commanded by “a centurion named Julius” and has occasioned much speculation. A cohort was normally a tenth
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
AUGUSTAN COHORT [σπεῖρα Σεβαστός speira Sebastos]. Acts 27:1 refers to the Augustan Cohort (Cohors Augusta, often an honorary title). The soldiers named in Acts 27:42 are probably part of this cohort. A COHORT, an auxiliary unit that usually ranged from 500 to 1,000 soldiers, was an innovation of Augustus.