Tyrannus in Easton's Bible Dictionary
prince, a Greek rhetorician, in whose "school" at Ephesus Paul
disputed daily for the space of two years with those
who came to
him (Acts 19:9). Some have supposed that he was a Jew,
his "school" was a private synagogue.
Tyrannus in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Acts 19:9. In whose school at Ephesus Paul discussed
(dielegeto, "reasoned"; same Greek, Acts 17:2) gospel truths
with disciples and inquirers (having withdrawn from cavilers)
daily for two years. A private synagogue (called beet midrash
by the Jews), or rather the hall of a Gentile sophist or
lecturer on rhetoric and philosophy; his name is Greek, and
the "one" prefixed implies that there was no definite leaning
to Christianity in him. He probably hired out his school when
not using it himself. Paul in leaving the synagogue would be
likely to take a Gentile's hall to gain access to the
Tyrannus in Hitchcock's Bible Names
a prince; one that reigns
Tyrannus in Naves Topical Bible
-(An Ephesian man)
-Paul taught in the school of, for two years
Tyrannus in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(sovereign), the name of a man in whose school or place of
audience Paul taught the gospel for two years, during his
sojourn at Ephesus. See Ac 19:9 (A.D. 52,53.) The presumption
is that Tyrannus himself was a Greek, and a public teacher of
philosophy or rhetoric.
Tyrannus in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
ti-ran'-us (Turannos): When the Jews of Ephesus opposed
Paul's teaching in the synagogue, he withdrew, and,
separating his followers, reasoned daily in the school of
Tyrannus. "This continued for the space of two years" (Acts
19:9,10). D Syriac (Western text) adds after Tyrannus (Acts
19:9), "from the 5th hour unto the 10th." Schole is the
lecture-hall or teaching-room of a philosopher or orator,
and such were to be found m every Greek city. Tyrannus may
have been (1) a Greek rhetorician or (2) a Jewish rabbi.
(1) This is the common opinion, and many identify him with a
certain Tyrannus, a sophist, mentioned by Suidas. Paul would
thus appear to be one of the traveling rhetors of the time,
who had hired such a hall to proclaim his own peculiar
philosophy (Ramsay, Paul the Traveler, 246, 271).
(2) Meyer thinks that as the apostle had not passed wholly
to the Gentiles, and Jews still flocked to hear him, and
also that as Tyrannus is not spoken of as a proselyte
(sebomenos ton Theon), this schole is the beth Midrash of a
Jewish rabbi. "Paul with his Christians withdrew from the
public synagogue to the private synagogue of Tyrannus, where
he and his doctrine were more secure from public annoyance"
(Meyer in the place cited.).
(3) Another view (Overbeck) is that the expression was the
standing name of the place after the original owner.
S. F. Hunter
Tyrannus Scripture - Acts 19:9
But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake
evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them,
and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of