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Alexander, name of seven men

Alexander the Great

King of Macedon, 336-323 B.C. He is mentioned in 1 Maccabees 1:1-10; 6:2. He is also supposed to be spoken of in Daniel 2:39; 7:6; 8:5-7; 11:3-4.

Alexander Balas

Eleventh King of Syria, 150-145 B.C. His struggle for the throne, his promises to Jonathan, his pro-Jewish policy may be learned from 1 Maccabees 10:1-89. He was vanquished by his father-in-law, Ptolemy Philometor of Egypt, and Syria thus passed into the hands of Demetrius II (1 Maccabees 11:1-19).


A son of Simon of Cyrene mentioned by St. Mark (15:21) who carried the Cross after Jesus.


A member of the court that tried Peter and John (Acts 4:6); some identify him with Alexander Lysimachus the brother of Philo and friend of Claudius before he ascended the throne.


A Jew or a Jewish Christian (Acts 19:33-34) who attempted to defend St. Paul in his Ephesian difficulty — some identify him with the son of Simon of Cyrene.


An Ephesian Christian who apostatized (1 Timothy 1:20), and who together vith Hymeneus was delivered up to Satan by the Apostles.


A coppersmith of Ephesus (2 Timothy 4:14-15), who did much evil to St. Paul. Some identify him with the Alexander mentioned under the preceding number.

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Obstat, Nihil. Lafort, Remy, Censor. Entry for 'Alexander, name of seven men'. The Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. New York. 1914.

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