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The fourth governor/procurator of Judaea during the time of emperor Claudius and an important figure in the imprisonment of Paul (Acts 23–24).
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FELIX (PERSON) [Gk Phēlix (Φηλιξ)]. The procurator of Palestine from a.d. 52–60 who, supposedly “possessing accurate knowledge of the Way” (Acts 24:22), heard Paul’s defense shortly after the apostle had been removed from Jerusalem to Caesarea (Acts 23:23–24:27). The little we know about Felix we learn
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Felix, Antonius. Roman procurator (governor) of Judea (ad 52–60) succeeding Cumanus, appointed by Claudius and succeeded by Festus Porcius. Felix’s brother, Pallas, a prominent, more influential Roman, interceded on his behalf after he was recalled from his procuratorship by Nero. During his oppressive
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Felix fēʹliks Antonius an-tōʹni-əs[Gk Phēlix < Lat felix- ‘happy’]. A Roman procurator of Judea, appointed by the emperor Claudius to succeed Cumanus.The event that led to the introduction of Felix into the narrative of Acts was the riot at Jerusalem (Acts 21:27). There Paul, being attacked at
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
FELIX, ANTONIUS Roman procurator (governor) of Judea (ad 52–60) succeeding Cumanus, appointed by Claudius and succeeded by Festus Porcius. Felix’s brother, Pallas, a prominent, more influential Roman, interceded on his behalf after he was recalled from his procuratorship by Nero. During his oppressive
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Felix, Antonius (fee´liks, an-tohn´ee-uhs), Roman procurator of Judea ca. 52–59 ce. According to the historians Josephus, Suetonius, and Tacitus, he was brutal in his rule, instigating the murder of the high priest Jonathan and allowing a violent pogrom against Jews in Caesarea. He owed his position
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FELIX, ANTONIUS. Procurator of Judea under Claudius and Nero (a.d. 52–60), and one before whom Paul was brought to trial in Caesarea (Acts 23:24–24:27). The descriptions by Tacitus (Annals xii. 54 and Histories v. 9) are classic. “He thought he could do any evil act with impunity,” and “(He) exercised
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
FELIX. Brother of Claudius’ favourite, the *freedman Pallas, through whose influence he was appointed procurator of Judaea. His name is usually taken to have been Antonius Felix (Tacitus, Hist. 5. 9), but the mss of Josephus (Ant. 20.137), as of Suidas, read ‘Claudius Felix’, though this is usually emended
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Felix (Gk. Phḗlix; Lat. Felix)Antonius Felix, governor (procurator) of the Roman province of Judea from 52 to ca. 59 c.e., mentioned in connection with the two-year imprisonment of Paul at Caesarea, the provincial capital (Acts 23–25). Jewish leaders accused Paul of disrupting synagogues outside of
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Felix [fēˊlĭks] (Gk. Phēlix, from Lat. felix “happy”). Antonius Felix, a freedman of emperor Claudius who became procurator of Judea. He probably ruled first over only a portion of Samaria, but in A.D. 48 or 52 was installed as procurator over Judea by Quadratus, the governor of Syria. The relationship
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Felix, Marcus Antonius
FELIX, MARCUS ANTONIUS The procurator of Palestine from a.d. 52 to 59. A freed slave in the service of Emperor Claudius, he was the brother of the powerful imperial freedman Pallas and enjoyed the favor of Claudius. This esteem was likely part of the reason for Claudius’s decision to appoint Felix procurator,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Fe´lix (happy), a Roman procurator of Judea appointed by the emperor Claudius in a.d. 53. He ruled the province in a mean, cruel, and profligate manner. His period of office was full of troubles and seditions. St. Paul was brought before Felix in Cæsarea. He was remanded to prison, and kept there two