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Sapphira
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Early believer who was struck dead along with her husband, Ananias, for secretly holding back a portion of money from the church after they sold property (Acts 5:1–11). Sapphira’s name in Aramaic means “beautiful”; it also might indicate that she was wealthy (Pervo, “Sapphira,” 149).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Sapphira
Sapphira (Σάπφιρα, Sapphira). Early believer who was struck dead along with her husband, Ananias, for secretly holding back a portion of money from the church after they sold property (Acts 5:1–11). Sapphira’s name in Aramaic means “beautiful”; it also might indicate that she was wealthy (Pervo, “Sapphira,”
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Sapphira (Person)
SAPPHIRA (PERSON) [Gk Sapphira (Σαπφιρα)]. Convert to Christianity who, along with her husband, Ananias, is miraculously killed after lying to the apostles about turning over all their money (Acts 5).The name is from the Aramaic šappı̄rāʾ, “good” or “beautiful,” and both Aramaic and Greek forms of
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Sapphira
Sapphira. Member of the Jerusalem church and wife of Ananias (Acts 5:1).See Ananias #3.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Sapphira
Sapphira sə-fīʹrə [Gk. Sappheira; Aram šappîrāʾ—‘beautiful’; cf. cognate Heb. šip̱râ (see Shiphrah)] (Acts 5:1). A member of the early Christian community in Jerusalem. With her husband Ananias she conspired to deceive the community into believing that the two of them had turned over the entire
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Sapphira
SAPPHIRA Member of the Jerusalem church and wife of Ananias (Acts 5:1). See Ananias #1.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Sapphira
Sapphira (suh-fi´ruh), the wife of Ananias who, like him, died after misrepresenting a gift to the apostles (Acts 5:1–11). See also Ananias.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Sapphira
SAPPHIRA. The name appears on Jerusalem ossuaries in both Gr. and Aram. forms. In the NT only one Sapphira, the wife of Ananias (q.v.), is mentioned (Acts 5:1–11). Like her husband, she was struck dead by divine judgment for lying. Other persons in the early church at Jerusalem were contributing all
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Sapphira
SAPPHIRA (Gk. sappheira, transliteration of Aram. šappîrâ, fem. sing., ‘beautiful’). In Acts 5:1ff. wife of *Ananias, a member of the primitive Jerusalem church. The name, in Greek and Aramaic, was found on an ossuary in Jerusalem in 1923, but J. Klausner’s theory (From Jesus to Paul, 1944, pp. 289f.)
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Sapphira
Sapphira (Gk. Sápphira)The wife of Ananias (1; from Aram. šappɩ̂rāʾ, “beautiful”). Together they agreed to withhold from the church part of the money gained from sale of property, while apparently claiming to bring it all. Since this amounted to a lie against the Holy Spirit, both were struck dead
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Sapphira
Sapphira [sə fīˊrə] (Gk. Sappheirē; from Aram. šappîrā˒ “beautiful”). The wife of see Ananias 1. Together they agreed to withhold from the church part of a sum of money gained from sale of property, while claiming to bring it all. Since this amounted to a lie against the Holy Spirit, both were
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Sapphira
SAPPHIRA (Greek, “good” or “beautiful”) A convert to Christianity in Jerusalem and the wife of Ananias. She and her husband sold a field and then decided to withhold some of the money from the community. Peter rebuked Ananias for lying to the Church about the money, and Ananias dropped dead. Sapphira
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Ananias and Sapphira
Ananias and Sapphira. The man and his wife who, acc. to Acts 5:1–11, held back part of their property when the Apostolic Church was experimenting with community of goods and, on being challenged in turn by St *Peter, suddenly fell dead.
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Relatives
Ananias Husband