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Roman centurion in Caesarea who was instrumental in spreading the gospel to Gentiles (Acts 10:1–11:18).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
CORNELIUS (PERSON) [Gk Kornēlios (Κορνηλιος)]. According to the book of Acts, Cornelius is the first gentile to become a convert to Christianity (Acts 10:1–11:18, cf. 15:6–11). Although the episode occupies a significant place in Luke-Acts, Luke conveys little information about the man himself. Study
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Cornelius. Roman centurion and the first gentile Christian mentioned in the Book of Acts.The story of Cornelius’ conversion through the preaching of the apostle Peter is recorded in Acts 10:1–11:18. Before his conversion Cornelius was well known to the Jews as a person who feared God, prayed continually,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Cornelius kôr-nēlʹyəs [Gk. Kornēlios (Latin)]. A Roman centurion converted by Peter after both had seen divine visions (Acts 10:1–11:18), the first Gentile known to become a Christian.The name is Roman and belonged to distinguished families in the imperial city, such as the Scipios and Sulla. Thus
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
CORNELIUS Roman centurion and the first gentile Christian mentioned in the book of Acts.The story of Cornelius’s conversion through the preaching of the apostle Peter is recorded in Acts 10:1–11:18. Before his conversion, Cornelius was well known to the Jews as a person who feared God, prayed continually,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Cornelius (kor-neel´yuhs), a Roman centurion stationed in Caesarea. The story of how he heard the gospel, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and baptized by Peter is told in Acts 10 and then retold, by Peter, in Acts 11:1–18. An additional allusion to him is made in Acts 15:5–7. The repetition of his story
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CORNELIUS. This man is of particular significance in two ways: he is the first recorded Gentile convert to Christianity; and the story of his conversion is told twice. Apart from the threefold repetition of Saul’s epochal conversion, this is unique in Acts. The conversion of Cornelius is related in Acts
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CORNELIUS. In Acts 10:1ff. a Roman centurion of Caesarea in Palestine, one of the class of Gentiles known as ‘God-fearers’ because of their attachment to Jewish religious practices, such as almsgiving and prayer, for which Cornelius receives special mention. Cornelius was a common nomen in the Roman
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Cornelius (Gk. Kornḗlios)A centurion of the Roman army stationed in Caesarea Maritima, the seat of Roman imperial rule in Palestine. Cornelius appears as the first gentile convert to Christianity (Acts 10:1–48; 11:1–18; 15:7–9, 13–18). That his conversion is told or alluded to four times in Acts suggests
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
CORNELIUS A Roman centurion in charge of the Italian cohort at Caesarea, and the first Gentile to become a convert to Christianity (Acts 10:1–11:18; cf. 15:6–11). Cornelius was “a devout man who feared God with all his household; he gave alms generously to the people and prayed constantly to God” (Acts
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
CorneliusCornelius is a pious centurion whose Christian conversion is recounted in Acts 10:1–11:18 (cf. Acts 15:6–11). The circumstances of the encounter of Cornelius and his household with the gospel mark a key turning point in Luke’s narration of the spread of the gospel to “the end of the earth” (Acts