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People's Dictionary of the Bible

Ananias

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Ananias (ăn-a-nî'as), whom Jehovah covers, i.e., protects. 1. A high priest in Acts 23:2-5; Acts 24:1. He was the son of Nebedaeus, succeeded Joseph son of Camydus, and preceded Ismael son of Phabi. He was nominated to the office by Herod king of Chalcis in a.d. 48; was deposed shortly before Felix left the province, and assassinated by the sicarii at the beginning of the last Jewish war. 2. A false disciple at Jerusalem, husband of Sapphira. Acts 5:1-11. Having sold his goods for the benefit of the church, he kept back a part of the price, bringing to the apostles the remainder, as if it were the whole, his wife also being privy to the scheme. Peter denounced the fraud, and Ananias fell down and expired. 3. A Jewish disciple at Damascus, Acts 9:10-17, of high repute, Acts 22:12, who sought out Saul during the period of blindness and dejection which, followed his conversion, and announced to him his future commission as a preacher of the gospel. Tradition makes him to have been afterwards bishop of Damascus, and to have died by martyrdom.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Ananias'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/a/ananias.html. 1893.

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