The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Nicanor, One of the Seven
Nicanor, One of the Seven (Νικάνωρ, Nikanōr). One of the seven chosen to distribute food in the early church (Acts 6:5), lessening the Apostles’ administrative duties.
Seven, the
Seven, the Seven men chosen by the Jerusalem church to distribute food, thereby allowing the apostles to focus on prayer and preaching the gospel (Acts 6:1–6).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Nicanor (governor of Cyprus)
NICANOR (PERSON) [Gk Nikanōr (Νικανωρ)]. The name Nicanor appears several times in 1 and 2 Maccabees. It is difficult to determine whether there were two or three separate individuals bearing this name.1. The governor of Cyprus (2 Macc 12:2). Because this Nicanor has a relatively low rank, he is not
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
2. One of the seven men selected by the early Church to serve tables in order to free the apostles for other responsibilities (Acts 6:5). See Seven, The.Bibliography.—Y. Aharoni and M. Avi-Yonah, Macmillan Bible Atlas (1968), pp. 188, 195; J. R. Bartlett, First and Second Books of the Maccabees (CBC,
Seven, The
Seven, The [Gk. hoi heptá] (Acts 21:8). A group of gifted leaders, “of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom,” chosen according to Acts 6:1–6 to look after the needs of the Hellenistic Jewish Christian widows, and referred to as “the seven” in 21:8.The Seven themselves appear to have been
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
NICANOR1. The son of Patroclus, “one of the king’s chief friends” (2 Macc 8:9) and a Syrian general under Antiochus IV Epiphanes and Demetrius Soter. This general may have been the supreme commander over Ptolemy and Gorgias in Lysias’s first campaign against Judas Maccabeus (1 Macc 3:38 ff.) during
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Nicanor (ni-kay´nuhr).1 A Syrian general assigned by the Seleucid king Antiochus IV Epiphanes to suppress the Maccabean uprising in Judea. The son of Patroclus, he one of the “king’s friends” (1 Macc. 3:38; 2 Macc. 8:9), He was associated with two other high officers, Ptolemy (the son of Dorymenes)
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
NICANOR. One of the seven men chosen as deacons to look after the needs of the Greek—speaking widows in the church in Jerusalem (Acts 6:5).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Nicanor (Gk. Nikánōr)1. One of four commanders whom Lysias sent against Judas Maccabeus (1 Macc. 3:38; 2 Macc. 8). Although 1 Maccabees suggests that Gorgias led this campaign (1 Macc 4:1), 2 Maccabees depicts Nicanor as the prominent figure. According to 2 Macc. 8 he sold captured Jews from the campaign
Seven, the
Seven, theA designation for the seven men (Gk. hoi heptá) appointed by the Church and ordained by the apostles to “wait on tables” (NRSV mg “keep accounts”) and minister to the widows (Acts 6:1–6; cf. 21:8).See Deacon.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Seven, the
Seven, the (Gk. hoi heptá).* A designation for the seven men appointed by the Church and ordained by the apostles to “serve tables” and minister to the widows (Acts 6:1–6). The term appears at 21:8. See Deacon.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
NICANOR (Greek, “conqueror”) A commander in the Syrian army under Demetrius I and Antiochus IV who was known and much hated for his severe animosity toward the Jews. He took part in the campaign against Judas Maccabeus. With Gorgias, he was active in the battle of Emmaus and so shared in the Syrian defeat
Demetrius II Nicanor
DEMETRIUS II NICANOR The son of Demetrius I Soter; he was Seleucid king of Syria around 145–140 b.c. After his father was defeated by Alexander I Balas, Demetrius launched his own struggle for the throne (1 Macc 10:67–69) and found an ally in Ptolemy VI Philometor, king of Egypt, who gave him his daughter
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Seven Deacons
Seven Deacons. The title traditionally given to the ‘seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom’ who, as related in Acts 6:1–6, were appointed to ‘serve tables’, i.e. to administer the temporal concerns of the Church. Their names were *Stephen, *Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Nica´nor (conqueror).1. Son of Patroclus, 2 Macc. 8:9, a general who was engaged in the Jewish wars under Antiochus Epiphanes and Demetrius I. 1 Macc. 3:38; 4; 7:26, 49. (b.c. 160.)2. One of the first seven deacons. Acts 6:5.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
NICA´NOR (ni-kāʹnor; Gk. “victorious”). A deacon of the church at Jerusalem (Acts 6:5).