Bible Names A-G: Alexander
Alexander in Easton's Bible Dictionary
man-defender. (1.) A relative of Annas the high priest,
when Peter and John were examined before the
(2.) A man whose father, Simon the Cyrenian, bore
the cross of
Christ (Mark 15:21).
(3.) A Jew of Ephesus who took a prominent part in
raised there by the preaching of Paul (Acts 19:33).
The Jews put
him forward to plead their cause before the mob. It
intended that he should show that he and the other
Jews had no
sympathy with Paul any more than the Ephesians had.
possible that this man was the same as the
(4.) A coppersmith who, with Hymenaeus and others,
certain heresies regarding the resurrection (1 Tim.
1:19; 2 Tim.
4:14), and made shipwreck of faith and of a good
Paul excommunicated him (1 Tim. 1:20; comp. 1 Cor.
Alexander in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. ALEXANDER THE GREAT. Born at Pella, 356 B.C., son of
Philip, king of Macedon; not named, but described
prophetically: "an he-goat" )symbol of ogility, the Graeco-
Macedonian empire) coming from the W. on the face of the
whole earth and not touching the ground (implying the
incredible swiftness of his conquests); and the goat had A
NOTABLE HORN (Alexander) between his eyes, and he came to
the ram that had two horns (Media and Persia, the second
great world kingdom, the successor of Babylon; under both
Daniel prophesied long before the rise of the Macedon-Greek
kingdom) standing before the river (at the river Granicus
Alexander gained his first victory over Darius Codomanus,
334 B.C.) and ran unto him in the fury of his power, moved
with choler against him (on account of the Persian invasions
of Greece and cruelties to the Greeks), and smote the ram
and broke his two horns; and there was no power in the ram
to stand before him; but he cast him down to the ground and
stamped upon him, and there was none that could deliver the
ram out of his hand: therefore the he-goat waxed very great,
and when he was strong the great horn was broken, and for it
came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven"
Alexander in Hitchcock's Bible Names
one who assists men
Alexander in Naves Topical Bible
1. Son of Simon who bore the cross of Jesus
-2. A relative of the high priest, present at the defense of
Peter and John
-3. A Jew of Ephesus
-4. A copper-smith
1Ti 1:20; 2Ti 4:14
Alexander in Smiths Bible Dictionary
1. Son of Simon the Cyrenian, who was compelled to bear the
cross for our Lord. Mr 15:21
2. One of the kindred of Annas the high priest. Ac 4:6
3. A Jew at Ephesus whom his countrymen put forward
during the tumult raised by Demetrius the silversmith, Ac
19:33 to plead their cause with the mob.
4. An Ephesian Christian reprobated by St. Paul in 1Ti
1:20 as having, together with one Hymenaeus, put from him
faith and a good conscience, and so made shipwreck concerning
the faith. This may be the same with
5. Alexander the coppersmith, mentioned by the same
apostle, 2Ti 4:14 as having done him many mischiefs.
Alexander in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
al-eg-zan'-der (Alexandros, literal meaning "defender of
men." This word occurs five times in the New Testament, Mk
15:21; Acts 4:6; 19:33; 1 Tim 1:19,20; 2 Tim 4:14): It is
not certain whether the third, fourth and fifth of these
passages refer to the same man.
1. A Son of Simon of Cyrene:
The first of these Alexanders is referred to in the passage
in Mk, where he is said to have been one of the sons of
Simon of Cyrene, the man who carried the cross of Christ.
Alexander therefore may have been a North African by birth.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record the fact, with varying
detail, that Simon happened to be passing at the time when
Christ was being led out of the city, to be crucified on
Calvary. Mark alone tells that Simon was the father of
Alexander and Rufus. From this statement of the evangelist,
it is apparent that at the time the Second Gospel was
written, Alexander and Rufus were Christians, and that they
were well known in the Christian community. Mark takes it
for granted that the first readers of his Gospel will at
once understand whom he means.
There is no other mention of Alexander in the New Testament,
but it is usually thought that his brother Rufus is the
person mentioned by Paul in Rom 16:13, "Salute Rufus the
chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine." If this
identification is correct, then it follows, not only that
the sons of Simon were Christians, but that his wife also
was a Christian, and that they had all continued faithful to
Christ for many years. It would also follow that the
households were among the intimate friends of Paul, so much
so that the mother of the family is affectionately addressed
by him as "Rufus' mother and mine." The meaning of this is,
that in time past this lady had treated Paul with the tender
care which a mother feels and shows to her own son...
Alexander in Wikipedia
Etymologically, the name is derived from Αλέξανδρος
Aléxandros, which is a compound of the Greek verb ἀλέξω
(alexō) "protector of men", "god", "to hold off" and the noun
ἀνδρός (andros), genitive of ἀνήρ (anēr) "man". It is an
example of the widespread motif of Greek (or Indo-European
more generally) names expressing "battle-prowess", in this
case the ability to withstand or push back an enemy battle
The earliest attested record of the name is the Mycenaean
Greek of the feminine Alexandra, written in Linear B.
The name was one of the titles ("epithets") given to the Greek
goddess Hera and as such is usually taken to mean "one who
comes to save warriors". In the Iliad, the character Paris is
known also as Alexander. The name's popularity was spread
throughout the Greek world by the military conquests of King
Alexander III, commonly known as "Alexander the Great". Most
later Alexanders in various countries were directly or
indirectly named for him...
Alexander Scripture - 1 Timothy 1:20
Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto
Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Alexander Scripture - 2 Timothy 4:14
Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward
him according to his works:
Alexander Scripture - Acts 19:33
And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting
him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would
have made his defence unto the people.
Alexander Scripture - Acts 4:6
And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and
Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high
priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
Alexander Scripture - Mark 15:21
And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming
out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear
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