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Bible Names N-Z: Silas


Silas in Easton's Bible Dictionary wood, a prominent member of the church at Jerusalem; also called Silvanus. He and Judas, surnamed Barsabas, were chosen by the church there to accompany Paul and Barnabas on their return to Antioch from the council of the apostles and elders (Acts 15:22), as bearers of the decree adopted by the council. He assisted Paul there in his evangelistic labours, and was also chosen by him to be his companion on his second missionary tour (Acts 16:19-24). He is referred to in the epistles under the name of Silvanus (2 Cor. 1:19; 1 Thess. 1:1; 2 Thess. 1:1; 1 Pet. 5:12). There is no record of the time or place of his death.

Silas in Fausset's Bible Dictionary Contracted form of SILVANUS. A chief (Greek "leading") man of the church at Jerusalem, a prophet (Acts 15:22-32). His name from the Latin sylva, "a wood," implies he was a Hellenistic Jew. He was (Acts 16:37) a Roman citizen. Delegated by the Jerusalem council to accompany Paul and Barnabas with the decree for Antioch. Then he returned to Jerusalem (Acts 15:33), for (Acts 15:34) "notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still" is an interpolation to account for Acts 15:40 (the Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, and Alexandrinus manuscripts omit Acts 15:34). He doubtless revisited Antioch soon after his return to Jerusalem, so he was there chosen by Paul to be companion of his second missionary tour (Acts 15:40-17;Acts 15:14). He stayed behind with Timothy at Berea when Paul went on to Athens, but was charged to join him there with all speed (Acts 17:15). Silas, when he and Timothy (apparently together) came from Macedonia, found Paul at Corinth (Acts 18:5). Whether in the meantime he had joined Paul at Athens, and been sent thence to Thessalonica with Timothy (1 Thessalonians 3:2), and joined him again at Corinth, is not recorded. Paul notices his preaching at Corinth and associates his name with his own in the heading of the two epistles to the Thessalonians (2 Corinthians 1:19; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1). Silas was the bearer of the first epistle of Peter (1 Peter 5:12) who designates him "a faithful brother unto you as I suppose." The uncertainty is not as to Silas's faithfulness to them (which is strongly marked by the article in the Sinaiticus and Alexandrinus manuscripts), but as to whether he or some other would prove to be the bearer of the epistle, addressed as it was to five provinces, all of which Silas might not reach. "By Silas that faithful brother, as I expect, I have written to you." Silas probably stood in a close relation to the churches of Asia, having taken the oversight after Paul's departure, and afterward went to Peter. Silas was a suitable messenger by whom to confirm Paul's doctrine of "the true grace of God" in the stone churches (2 Peter 3:16). After Paul's last journey to Jerusalem Silas no more appears as his companion. His connection with Peter began after that. "Exhorting and confirming the brethren" seems to have been Silas' forte (Acts 15:32). In the public witness for Christ confirmed by the Pythoness at Philippi, and in the scourging for His name's sake, and the prayers and praises sung in the prison to God, and in the jailer's conversion, Silas bore a part second only to Paul (Acts 16:19; Acts 16:25; Acts 16:29). So also at Thessalonica and Berea (Acts 17:4; Acts 17:10).

Silas in Hitchcock's Bible Names three

Silas in Naves Topical Bible -(The short form of the name) Also called SILVANUS (the long form of the name) Sent to Paul, in Antioch (of Syria), from Jerusalem Ac 15:22-34 -Becomes Paul's companion Ac 15:40,41; 2Co 1:19; 1Th 1:1; 2Th 1:1 -Imprisoned with Paul in Philippi Ac 16:19-40 -Driven, with Paul, from Thessalonica Ac 17:4-10 -Left by Paul at Berea Ac 17:14 -Rejoins Paul at Corinth Ac 17:15; 18:5 -Carries Peter's letter to Asia Minor 1Pe 5:12

Silas in Smiths Bible Dictionary (contracted form of Silvanus, woody), an eminent member of the early Christian Church, described under that name in the Acts but as Silvanus in St. Paul's epistles. He first appears as one of the leaders of the church at Jerusalem Ac 15:22 holding the office of an inspired teacher. Ac 15:32 His name, derived from the Latin silva, "wood," betokens him a Hellenistic Jew, and he appears to have been a Roman citizen. Ac 16:37 He was appointed as a delegate to accompany Paul and Barnabas on their return to Antioch with the decree of the Council of Jerusalem. Ac 15:22,32 Having accomplished this mission, he returned to Jerusalem. Ac 15:33 He must, however, have immediately revisited Antioch, for we find him selected by St. Paul as the companion of his second missionary journey. Ac 15:40 ... 17:10 At Berea he was left behind with Timothy while St. Paul proceeded to Athens, Ac 17:14 and we hear nothing more of his movements until he rejoined the apostle at Corinth. Ac 18:5 His presence at Corinth is several times noticed. 2Co 1:19; 1Th 1:1; 2Th 1:1 Whether he was the Silvanus who conveyed St. Peter's first epistle to Asia Minor, 1Pe 5:12 is doubtful the probabilities are in favor of the identity. A tradition of very slight authority represents Silas to have become bishop of Corinth.

Silas in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE si'-las (Silas, probably contraction for Silouanos; the Hebrew equivalents suggested are shalish, "Tertius," or shelach (Gen 10:24) (Knowling), or sha'ul = "asked" (Zahn)): The Silas of Acts is generally identified with the Silvaus of the Epistles. His identification with Titus has also been suggested, based on 2 Cor 1:19; 8:23, but this is very improbable (compare Knowling, Expositor's Greek Test., II, 326). Silas, who was probably a Roman citizen (compare Acts 16:37), accompanied Paul during the greater part of his 2nd missionary journey (Acts 15 through 18). At the meeting of the Christian community under James at Jerusalem, which decided that circumcision should not be obligatory in the case of Gentile believers, Silas and Judas Barsabas were appointed along with Paul and Barnabas to convey to the churches in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia the epistle informing them of this decision. As "leading men among the brethren" at Jerusalem, and therefore more officially representative of the Jerusalem church than Paul and Barnabas, Silas and Judas were further commissioned to confirm the contents of the letter by "word of mouth." On arrival at Antioch, the epistle was delivered, and Judas and Silas, "being themselves also prophets, exhorted the brethren with many words, and confirmed them." Their mission being thus completed, the four were "dismissed in peace from the brethren unto those that had sent them forth" (Revised Version), or "unto the apostles" (the King James Version) (Acts 15:22-33). Different readings now render the immediate movements of Silas somewhat obscure; Acts 15:33 would imply that he returned to Jerusalem. But some texts proceed in 15:34, "Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still," and others add "and Judas alone proceeded." Of this, the first half is accepted by the King James Version. The principal texts however reject the whole verse and are followed in this by the Revised Version (British and American). It is held by some that he remained in Antioch till chosen by Paul (Acts 15:40). Others maintain that he returned to Jerusalem where John Mark then was (compare Acts 13:13); and that either during the interval of "some days" (Acts 15:36), when the events described in Gal 2:11 ff took place (Wendt), he returned to Antioch along with Peter, or that he and John Mark were summoned thither by Paul and Barnabas, subsequent to their dispute regarding Mark. (For fuller discussion, see Knowling, Expositor's Greek Test., II, 330, 332-35.)...

Silas in Wikipedia Saint Silas or Saint Silvanus (flourished 1st century) was a leading member of the early Christian community, who later accompanied Paul in some of his missionary journeys. There is some disagreement over the proper form of his name: he is consistently called "Silas" in Acts, but the Latin Silvanus, which means "of the forest", is always used by Paul and in the First Epistle of Peter; it may be that "Silvanus" is the Romanized version of the original "Silas", or that "Silas" is the Greek nickname for "Silvanus". Fitzmyer points out that Silas is the Greek version of the Aramaic "Seila", a version of the Hebrew "Saul", which is attested in Palmyrene inscriptions.[1] The name Latin "Silvanus" may be derived from pre-Roman Italian languages (see, e.g., the character "Asilas", an Etruscan leader and warrior-prophet who plays a prominent role in assisting Aeneas in Virgil's epic poem the Aeneid).[citation needed] St. Silas is currently commemorated in the Calendar of Saints of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on January 26 with Timothy and the Apostle Titus, and separately on July 13 by the Roman Catholic Church and February 10 by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

Silas Scripture - Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; [namely], Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

Silas Scripture - Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming [thither] went into the synagogue of the Jews.

Silas Scripture - Acts 17:4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

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