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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
FELIX, ANTONIUS . Procurator of JudÃ¦a ( Acts 23:24 ff.); according to Josephus, he had been sent to succeed Cumanus in a.d. 52; but this contradicts Tacitus, who makes Cumanus governor of Galilee and Felix of Samaria simultaneously; and this suits Acts 24:10 (‘many years’). Both historians give 52 as the year of Cumanus’ disgrace, so that we may probably take that as the date of Felix’ accession to office in JudÃ¦a. Felix was brother of Pallas, Claudius’ powerful freedman, whose influence continued him in office under Nero, and on his disgrace (due to a riot at CÃ¦sarea) procured him his life. He is described by Tacitus as a very bad and cruel governor. He was somewhat touched by St. Paul’s preaching ( Acts 24:25 f.), but kept him in prison, first in hope of a bribe, one of many details showing that St. Paul was a prisoner of social importance, and, finally, to please the Jews. He is called ‘most excellent’ ( Acts 23:26 , Acts 24:3; cf. Acts 26:25 , Luke 1:3 ), a title given him as governor, but more properly confined to those of equestrian rank. He married thrice, each time to a person of royal birth; see Drusilla.
A. I. Maclean.
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Felix, Antonius'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/f/felix-antonius.html. 1909.