Cyrene
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Cyrene
Bible Meaning: Supremacy of the bridle
Strong's Concordance #G2956, #G2957

Cyrene is located in North Africa on the northeastern Mediterranean shore of modern-day Libya. It was founded around 630 B.C. as a Greek settlement. It, and the region it was in called Cyrenaica, was incorporated into the Roman province of Crete - Cyrenaica in 67 B.C.

It was a man from Cyrene, named Simon, who was forced by the Romans to help carry Jesus' cross to Golgotha after he was too weak to do so himself (Matthew 27:32).

Residents of Cyrene were in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost in 30 A.D. when the Christian church was born (Acts 2:10). They were some of the many Jews baptized that day who converted to Christianity. They were also some of the first people to spread the gospel among the Gentiles (non-Jews, see Acts 11:19 - 21, 13:1).


Important Cyrene verses

Matthew 27:31 - 32
And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

Acts 2:6, 8 - 11
Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language . . . And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

Map of New Testament Roman Provinces in North Africa
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Acts 11:19 - 20
Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.

Acts 13:1
Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers: as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

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