A leader, usually of a military detachment. Several different Hebrew and Greek words can be translated as “captain,” “officer,” “ruler,” or “leader.” Such persons could be in charge of specified groups ranging from tens to thousands (Exod 18:21) and their duties included military authority, civil administration, and judicial responsibilities. The NT contains several references to such officers (Mark 6:21; Luke 22:4; Acts 4:1; Acts 5:26; Acts 27:11).

Exod 18:21

21You should also look for able men among all the people, men who fear God, are trustworthy, and hate dishonest gain; set such men over them as officers over th ... View more

Mark 6:21

21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee.

Luke 22:4

4he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them.

Acts 4:1

Peter and John before the Council
1While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them,

Acts 5:26

26Then the captain went with the temple police and brought them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

Acts 27:11

11But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said.

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