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Holman Bible Dictionary
The officer second in authority only to the high priest. Pashhur (“chief governor in the house of the Lord,” Jeremiah 20:1
) and Seraiah (“ruler of the house of God,” Nehemiah 11:11
) held this office in the Old Testament times. In Acts it appears that one of the main functions of this officer was to keep order in the Temple (Acts 4:1
; Acts 5:24
). The plural (Luke 22:4
) may refer to officers under the command of the captain of the Temple.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Captain of the Temple'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/c/captain-of-the-temple.html. 1991.