Herod Agrippa I, in 44 A.D., was highly displeased with the cities of Tyre and Sidon. These cities, which received provisions from the king, sought a means to be reconciled to him. They were ultimately able to gain the support of Agrippa's chamberlain named Blastus, a person who had considerable influence with the king.
Blastus' support led to Herod giving a speech before those in Tyre and Sidon. The people, anxious to make peace with the king, lavished praised on him to the ridiculous point of declaring, "It is the voice of a god, and not of a man!" (Acts 12:22).
Herod's over inflated ego refused to give God the glory and instead soaked up all the adulation. Such an action tempted the Eternal, who responded to Herod's gargantuan vanity by sending an angel to carry out the death penalty on the king!
Caiaphas, a Sadducee, was the Roman-appointed High Priest from 18 to 36 A.D. He was the son-in-law of a former high priest named Annas (6 - 15 A.D.). He held the title of High Priest longer than anyone else in New Testament times did.
Caiaphas hated Jesus and plotted with other priests and elders to have him killed "by trickery" (Matthew 26:5). Christ appeared before him, after his arrest, so that he could 'officially' be condemned to death (see Mark 14, Luke 22). Later, after the resurrection, the apostles appeared before Caiaphas to answer for their behavior and teachings (Acts 4).
Candace, likely a title rather than a personal name, was the Queen of Ethiopia in 32 A.D. She allowed her chamberlain, a eunuch, to journey to Jerusalem's temple for the purpose of worship. God, during the eunuch's travel back home, sent Philip the Evangelist to him. Philip's purpose was to explain the Biblical verses related to the Messiah and baptize the eunuch.
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Cleopas was one of two men traveling to Emmaus on the Sunday after Jesus' resurrection from the dead. Jesus miraculously appears to them on the road and explains why it was necessary the Messiah had to suffer and die (Luke 24:25 - 27). It is only after the Lord sits down with them to eat a meal that their minds are opened and they more fully comprehend what he was saying.
Cornelius, a Roman centurion who lived in Caesarea, was a godly and generous man who helped the poor and often prayed.
God, because of his character and prayers, selected Cornelius, in 38 A.D., to be the first recorded gentile (non-Jewish) to become a Christian. This act was accomplished by sending Peter, one of the most bigoted individuals in the church at the time, to him. This miraculous event showed that God was no respecter of persons and that he fully intended all people to repent and believe the gospel!
There are two people named Demetrius in the New Testament. The apostle John briefly commends a Christian with this name in 3John 1:12. The other Demetrius was an Ephesian silversmith who caused a great deal of trouble for the Apostle Paul. Read more detailed information about this last Demetrius.
Diotrephes, who may have been an early church leader, was rebuked by the Apostle John in the last of his three letters. John noted that the prideful Diotrephes rejected not only his writings but also his authority as an apostle.
This authoritarian and controversial leader slandered Christians and refused to show basic hospitality to other believers. He also exercised the bold step of forbidding anyone from attending the fellowship he was in who practiced hospitality toward fellow brethren.
Scripture does not record whether John carried out his planned visit to correct Diotrephes or not (3John 1:10).
Dorcas was a generous first century Christian woman who dwelled in Joppa. She was known not only for financially helping the poor but also for making them clothes (Acts 9:39). After a seemingly short illness she died.
Christians in Joppa sent for the Apostle Peter who was in Lydda. When he arrived, he prayed for Dorcas and she was raised from the dead!
Dorcas is only the eighth of ten people Scripture records as being resurrected from the dead (not including Christ). She is also the only person Peter is known to have brought back to life.
Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharias, was also the cousin of Mary, Jesus' mother. The New Testament declares she was a righteous woman who was a descendant of Aaron (Israel's first High Priest).
Elizabeth had been unable to have children her entire life. When she was old, however, God healed her and allowed her to become pregnant with John the Baptist. After she was six months pregnant her cousin Mary came and stayed with her for three months (Luke 1:56).
Felix was the Roman Procurator of Judea from 52 to 60 A.D. He left the apostle Paul in his prison, for roughly two years, while he waited to be bribed. For more information, see Felix's listing in our article on people connected to the Apostle Paul!
Festus was Roman Procurator of Judea from 60 to 62 A.D. and the New Testament successor of Felix. He revisits the case against the Apostle Paul, who has been in Caesarea's prison for at least two years. Paul is sent to Rome for his trial when the apostle requests his case be heard by the Roman Emperor. For more information, see Festus' listing in our article on people connected to the Paul.