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Silas

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible What is This? Provides authoritative interpretive entries on Biblical people, places, beliefs, events, and secular influences.

    Silas

    As representatives of the church in Jerusalem, Silas and Judas/Barsabbas are sent to Antioch to report on the decree of the Apostolic Council (Acts 15.22). They are then said to return to Jerusalem (15.33), but several verses later, Silas is chosen to accompany Paul on a new missionary journey. Silas is described as a prophet (15.32), but in Acts he follows Paul silently through Macedonia until Beroea, and rejoins him in Corinth (18.5), after which he is not mentioned again. Paul refers to a coworker named Silvanus in some of his letters (2 Cor. 1.19; 1 Thess. 1.1; 2 Thess. 1.1; cf. 1 Pet. 5:12), leading to the common assumption that the Silvanus named in the letters is identical with the Silas described in Acts.

    Daniel N. Schowalter

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