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Synagogue of the Freedmen
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Synagogue of the Freedmen
Synagogue of the Freedmen (συναγωγή τω̂ν Λιβερτίνων, synagōgē tōn Libertinōn). One of the religious groups who argued with Stephen in Acts 6:9, eventually leading to his stoning.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Freedmen, Synagogue of the
FREEDMEN, SYNAGOGUE OF THE [Gk synagōgē ton Libertinōn (συναγωγη τον Λιβερτινων)]. A synagogue in Jerusalem whose members argued with Stephen and then initiated the proceedings which led to his execution (Acts 6:9). The synagogue was named for Jews who had been liberated from slavery. Because the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Freedmen
Freedmen. Members of a Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem (Acts 6:9), descended from Jews who had been captured and taken to Rome by the general Pompey (106–48 bc), then later released. Pompey found that the Jews adhered so strictly to their religious and national customs that they were worthless as slaves.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Freedmen, Synagogue of the
Freedmen, Synagogue of the According to Acts 6:9, Stephen incurred hostility from different groups, including members of a “synagogue of freedmen.” The Greek word libertīnos is Luke’s transliteration of the Latin libertinus, which in turn appears in the older English versions as “libertine.” The loanword
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Freedmen
FREEDMEN* Members of a Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem (Acts 6:9), descended from Jews who had been captured and taken to Rome by the general Pompey (106–48 bc), then later released. Pompey found that the Jews adhered so strictly to their religious and national customs that they were worthless as slaves.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Freedmen, Synagogue of the
FREEDMEN, SYNAGOGUE OF THE. (av ‘Libertines’). The Gk. of Acts 6:9 makes it difficult to determine whether the Libertinoi, the members of a Jewish synagogue at Jerusalem, worshipped by themselves, or with the Cyrenians, the Alexandrians, the Cilicians and the Asiatics. The meaning of the name is equally
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Freedmen, Synagogue of the
Freedmen, Synagogue of TheA synagogue made up of freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, who were Stephen’s opponents (Acts 6:9). These freedmen were probably Jewish captives who had been deported from Israel but had been released and granted their citizenship (cf. Acts 22:3, 27–28; Philo Leg. 155; Tacitus
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Freedmen, Synagogue of the
Freedmen, Synagogue of the (Gk. synagōgḗ tṓn Libertínōn). A synagogue in Jerusalem attended by “former slaves” (Lat. Libertini; KJV “Libertines”), probably those Jews (or their descendants) taken to Rome as captives by Pompey in 63 B.C. and subsequently liberated (Philo De leg. clv; Tacitus
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Freedmen, Synagogue of The
FREEDMEN, SYNAGOGUE OF THE A synagogue in Jerusalem so named because its members were Greek-speaking Jews who had been freed from slavery. It was mentioned in Acts 6:9; its congregation included Cyrenians, Alexandrians, Cilicians, and Asians. The synagogue adherents argued with Stephen, and the agitation
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Freedmen, Synagogue of the
FREEDMEN, SYNAGOGUE OF THE (Lat., “freedmen”). This occurs only once in the NT: “But some men from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen” (Acts 6:9). The interpretation of this word has been various. Some believe these men (“Libertines,” as is rendered in the KJV) were released Roman slaves, who
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Freedmen, Synagogue of the
FREEDMEN, SYNAGOGUE OF THE Greek-speaking synagogue in Jerusalem involved in instigating the dispute with Stephen (Acts 6:9; KJV “Synagogue of the Libertines”). The Greek syntax suggests two groups of disputants. The first consisted of the Synagogue of the Freedmen, composed of Cyrenians and Alexandrians
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Freedmen, Synagogue of the
Freedmen, Synagogue of the. When Stephen began to perform wonders among the people, he was opposed by “members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia” (Acts 6:9; KJV, “Libertines”). The Greek syntax leaves unclear