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Holman Bible Dictionary
(tuhr tuhl' luhss) Diminutive of the personal name Tertius
meaning, “third” ( Acts 24:1-8
). Tertullus was the prosecutor opposing Paul before Felix, the Roman governor of Judea. Tertullus accused Paul of being a political agitator and of attempting to defile the Temple. According to the longer Western text (Acts 24:7
), Tertullus was a Jew. The shorter text allows for his being a Roman. Whatever his ethnic origin, he was skilled in judicial oratory and was familiar with Roman legal conventions.
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 'Tertullus'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/t/tertullus.html. 1991.