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Ananias of Jerusalem
Ananias of Jerusalem (Ανανίας, Ananias). A member of the church in Jerusalem who, along with his wife, Sapphira, was struck dead for lying about the sale price of a piece of property. The name may be a transcription of a Hebrew name meaning “God is merciful.”Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, sold property
Jerusalem (יְרוּשָׁלַםִ, yerushalami). The capital city of biblical Israel, and later of the southern kingdom of Judah. The central location for Israel’s self-understanding of life under God.
Jerusalem, Critical Issues
Jerusalem, Archaeology of Introduction to the archaeological data concerning Jerusalem in the Middle Bronze Age and the Iron Age.
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,”