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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

Silas

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Acts 23:3 , and 2 Corinthians 1:19 , the former name being a contraction of the latter; one of the chief men among the first disciples at Jerusalem, Acts 15:22 , and supposed by some to have been of the number of the seventy. On occasion of a dispute at Antioch, as to the observance of legal ceremonies, Paul and Barnabas were chosen to go to Jerusalem, to advise with the apostles; and they returned with Judas and Silas.

Silas joined himself to Paul; and after Paul and Barnabas had separated, Acts 15:37-41 , A. D. 51, he accompanied Paul to visit the churches of Syria and Cilicia, and the towns and provinces of Lycaonia, Phrygia, Galatia, and Macedonia. He was imprisoned with him at Philippi, joined him at Corinth after a brief separation, bringing, it is supposed, the donation referred to in 2 Corinthians 11:9 Philippians 4:10,15 , and probably went with him to Jerusalem, Acts 16:19,25 17:4,10,14 18:5 1 Thessalonians 1:1 2 Thessalonians 1:1 . He appears always as a "faithful brother," well known and praised by all the churches, 2 Corinthians 1:19 1 Peter 5:12 .

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Silas'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/s/silas.html. 1859.

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