Bible Names A-G: Agabus
Agabus in Easton's Bible Dictionary
a "prophet," probably one of the seventy disciples of Christ.
prophesied at Antioch of an approaching famine (Acts
Many years afterwards he met Paul at Caesarea, and
warned him of
the bonds and affliction that awaited him at Jerusalem
persist in going thither (Acts 21:10-12).
Agabus in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
(from Hebrew agab, "he loved".) A Christian prophet (Acts
9:28; Acts 21:10). He came from Judaea to Antioch while Paul
and Barnabas were there, and foretold the famine which
occurred the next year in Israel (for a Jew would mean the
Jewish world, by "throughout all the world.".) Josephus
records that Helena, queen of Adiabene, a proselyte then at
Jerusalem, imported provisions from Egypt and Cyprus,
wherewith she saved many from starvation. The famine was in
the procuratorship of Cuspius Fadus and Tiberius Alexander,
A.D. 44, and lasted four years. In the wider sense of "the
world," as the prophecy fixes on no year, but "in the days of
Claudius Caesar," it may include other famines elsewhere in
his reign, one in Greece, two in Rome.
Agabus in Naves Topical Bible
Ac 11:28; 21:10
Agabus in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(a locust), a Christian prophet in the apostolic age,
mentioned in Ac 11:28 and Acts 21:10
He predicted, Ac 11:28 that a famine would take place
in the reign of Claudius. Josephus mentions a famine which
prevailed in Judea in the reign of Claudius, and swept away
many of the inhabitants. (In Ac 21:10 we learn that Agabus and
Paul met at Caesarea some time after this.)
Agabus in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
ag'-a-bus (Agabos): A Christian prophet of Jerusalem, twice
mentioned in Acts. (1) In Acts 11:27 f, we find him at
Antioch foretelling "a great famine over all the world,"
"which," adds the historian, "came to pass in the days of
Claudius." This visit of Agabus to Antioch took place in the
winter of 43-44 AD, and was the means of urging the
Antiochian Christians to send relief to the brethren in
Judea by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Two points should
be noted. (a) The gift of prophet's here takes the form of
prediction. The prophet's chief function was to reveal moral
and spiritual truth, to "forth-tell" rather than to
"foretell"; but the interpretation of God's message
sometimes took the form of predicting events. (b) The phrase
"over all the world" (practically synonymous with the Roman
Empire) must be regarded as a rhetorical exaggeration if
strictly interpreted as pointing to a general and
simultaneous famine. But there is ample evidence of severe
periodical famines in various localities in the reign of
Claudius (e.g. Suet Claud. 18; Tac. Ann. xii.43), and of a
great dearth in Judea under the procurators Cuspius Fadus
and Tiberius Alexander, 44-48 AD (Ant., XX, ii, 6; v, 2),
which probably reached its climax circa 46 AD. (2) In Acts
21:10 f we find Agabus at Caesarea warning Paul, by a vivid
symbolic action (after the manner of Old Testament prophets;
compare Jer 13:1 ff; Ezek 3; 4) of the imprisonment and
suffering he would undergo if he proceeded to Jerusalem. (3)
In late tradition Agabus is included in lists of the seventy
disciples of Christ.
Agabus in Wikipedia
(Greek: Ἄγαβος) was an early follower of Christianity
mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as a prophet. He is
traditionally remembered as one of the Seventy Disciples
described in Luke 10:1-24 . According to Acts 11:27-28 , he
was one of a group of prophets who came to Antioch from
Jerusalem. While there he predicted a severe famine that the
author says came under the reign of the Roman Emperor
Claudius; this is identified with events that happened in AD
45. Acts 21:10-12 records that many years later, in 58, he
met Paul of Tarsus at Caesarea Maritima and warned him of his
coming capture; he bound his own hands and feet with Paul's
belt to demonstrate what the Jews would do if he continued his
journey to Jerusalem, though Paul would not be persuaded.
Agabus is revered as a saint in most branches of Christianity.
The Roman Catholic Church celebrates his feast day on February
13, while the Eastern Christianity celebrates it on March 8.
According to tradition he died a martyr in Antioch.
Agabus Scripture - Acts 11:28
And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by
the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all
the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
Agabus Scripture - Acts 21:10
And as we tarried [there] many days, there came down from
Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
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