Phélix: "fortunate," Felix, a governor of JudeaOriginal Word: Φῆλιξ, ικος, ὁPart of Speech:
Felix, third name of (Marcus) Antonius Felix, procurator of the Roman province Judea from an uncertain date (before A.D. 52 ?) till A.D. 59.
5344 Phḗliks – Felix, the governor of Judea (ad 52-60) who persecuted the Jews and flagrantly used bribes, unethical informers, and torture.
For example, he methodically hunted down the leaders of the Zealots to severely punish them, as well as any Jewish group he considered "seditious" (Ac 21:38).
[One group, called the Assassins (literally "dagger men"), were true to their nam!]
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
of Latin originDefinition
"fortunate," Felix, a governor of JudeaNASB Translation
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 5344: ΦῆλιξΦῆλιξ
in Acts 24:22
(by mistake?)); cf. Lipsius
, Grammat. Untersuch., p. 37; Buttmann
, 13 (12); (Tdf.
Proleg., p. 104; and references under the word κῆρυξ
)) (literally, 'happy', 'fortunate'), Φήλικος
(Claudius (but in Tacitus
, hist. 5, 9 called Antonius)) Felix,
the eleventh procurator of Judaea (apparently between <52>A.D. 52 and 60). He was a freedman of Claudius and his mother Antonia, and the brother of Pallas, the powerful favorite of the emperor. He first married Drusilla ((?) see Dict. of Greek and Rom. Biogr. under the word, 4), the granddaughter of Cleopatra and Antony; and afterward Drusilla, the daughter of Derod Agrippa. According to Tacitus, "per omnem saevitiam ac libidinem jus regium servili ingenio exercuit," and by his cruelty and injustice he stimulated the rage of the turbulent Jews against the Roman rule. When he had retired from the province and come to Rome, the Jews of Caesarea accused him before the emperor, but through the intercession of his brother Pallas he was acquitted by Nero (cf. Tacitus, hist. 5, 9, 5f; annal. 12, 54; Suetonius, vit. Claudii, 28; Josephus, Antiquities 20, 7, 1f and 8, 5f; 7, 9; b. j. 2, 13): Acts 23:24, 26; Acts 24:3, 22, 24f, 27; Acts 25:14. Cf. Winers RWB, under the word; Paret in Herzog iv. 354; (V. Schmidt in Herzog edition 2, iv. 518f); Overbeck in Schenkel ii., 263f; Schürer, Neutest. Zeitgesch., p. 303f § 19, 4; (Farrar, St. Paul, chapter xli.).<1>
Of Latin origin; happy; Phelix (i.e. Felix), a Roman -- Felix.