Silas, Silvanus

Silas, Silvanus (Si´luhs, sil-vay´nuhs)

A leader in the early church and an associate of Paul. The Letters of Paul (1Thess 1:1; 2Thess 1:1; 2Cor 1:19) and 1Pet 5:12) refer to him as Silvanus (a Latin version), but Acts prefers Silas (either a Semitic or a shortened Greek form). According to (Acts 15:22-35), Silas and Judas Barsabbas, prophets in the Jerusalem church, were sent along with Paul and Barnabas to take the apostolic decrees from the Jerusalem conference to the church in Antioch. When Paul and Barnabas at Antioch quarreled over Mark (Acts 15:36-41), Paul chose Silas to accompany him on a mission tour to Asia Minor and ultimately to Macedonia and Achaia (Acts 15:41-18:5).

1Thess 1:1

Salutation
1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.

2Thess 1:1

Salutation
1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2Cor 1:19

19For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not “Yes and No”; but in him it is always “Yes.”

1Pet 5:12

Final Greetings and Benediction
12Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written this short letter to encourage you and to testify that th ... View more

Acts 15:22-35

The Council's Letter to Gentile Believers
22Then the apostles and the elders, with the consent of the whole church, decided to choose men from among their membe ... View more

Acts 15:36-41

Paul and Barnabas Separate
36After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Come, let us return and visit the believers in every city where we proclaimed the word of t ... View more

Acts 15:41-18:5

41He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.Chapter 16Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
1Paul went on also to Derbe and to Lystra, where there wa ... View more

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