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Cyrenians
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The residents of Cyrene, a city on the coast of North Africa. Cyrenians were present in Jerusalem during Peter’s Pentecost sermon (Acts 2:10). Among others, Cyrenian Jews argued with Stephen in Jerusalem and incited his arrest (Acts 6:9–12; see Libertines). Cyrenian Christians (perhaps from the same group that initially disputed with Stephen) began to preach the gospel in Antioch after the persecution that followed Stephen’s martyrdom (Acts 11:20). Two Cyrenians are mentioned by name in the New Testament: Simon, who was forced to carry Jesus’ cross (Matt 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26), and Lucius, a Christian teacher at Antioch (Acts 13:1).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Cyrenians
Cyrenians (Κυρηναῖος, Kyrēnaios, Kyrenaios). The residents of Cyrene, a city on the coast of North Africa. Cyrenians were present in Jerusalem during Peter’s Pentecost sermon (Acts 2:10). Among others, Cyrenian Jews argued with Stephen in Jerusalem and incited his arrest (Acts 6:9–12; see Libertines).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Cyrene, Cyrenians
Cyrene, Cyrenians. City on the coast of North Africa which was the capital of Cyrenaica. It was founded in the 7th century bc by Greeks who engaged primarily in agricultural pursuits. Herodotus comments in his fifth-century bc Histories that “the land of Cyrene, the highest of that part of Libya which
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Cyrene, Cyrenians
CYRENE, CYRENIANS* City and its people on the coast of North Africa that was the capital of Cyrenaica. It was founded in the seventh century bc by Greeks who engaged primarily in agricultural pursuits. Herodotus comments in his fifth-century bc Histories that “the land of Cyrene, the highest of that
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Cyrenians
Cyrenians [sī rēˊnĭ ənz] (Gk. Kyrēnaioi). Inhabitants of Cyrene (Acts 6:9).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Cyrenian
CYRE´NIAN (sīʹrēʹni-an; “of Cyrene,” Matt. 27:32). A native of Cyrene, or Cyrenaica, in Africa (cf. Mark 15:21; Acts 11:20; etc.).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CYRENIAN; CYRENIANS
CYRENIAN; CYRENIANS<si-re’-ni-an> ([Κυρηναι̂ος, Kurenaios], “a native or inhabitant of Cyrene”): Two Jews of Cyrene are mentioned in the New Testament, namely, Simon (Mark 15:21 and Luke 23:26 the King James Version) who was impressed to bear the Lord’s cross (Mark 15:21 the Revised Version,
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Cyrenian
CYRENIAN (Cȳ rēʹ nĭ ăn) Citizen and/or resident of Cyrene. See Cyrene.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Cyrenian, Cyrenians
CYRENIAN, sī-rēʹni-an, CYRENIANS (Κυρηναῖος, Kurēnaíos, “a native or inhabitant of Cyrene”): Two Jews of Cyrene are mentioned in the NT, viz. Simon (Mk 15:21 and Lk 23:26 AV) who was impressed to bear the Lord’s cross (Mk 15:21 RVm), and Lucius, a Christian teacher at Antioch (Acts 13:1). See Cyrene;
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