American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
In Acts 9:31 , refers to the respite from persecution enjoyed by the Christians in Palestine, after the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, during the last two years of Caligula's short reign, A. D. 39,40, when the Jews were so harassed by the attempts of the emperor to force them to worship him as a god, that they forbore to afflict the followers of Christ.
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Rest'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/r/rest.html. 1859.