Character Study on Nicanor

Character Study on Nicanor

Acts 6: And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

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Easton's Bible Dictionary - Nicanor
Conqueror, one of the seven deacons appointed in the apostolic Church (Acts 6:1-6 ). Nothing further is known of him.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Nicanor
NICANOR. 1 . Son of Patroclus, a Syrian general who was engaged in the Jewish wars ( 1Ma 3:38 ). He was sent by Lysias in b.c. 166 against Judas Maccabæus, but was defeated. Five years later he was sent on the same errand by Demetrius; this time he endeavoured to win by strategy what he had failed to gain by force. Again he was compelled to fight, and was twice defeated, once at Capharsalama ( 1Ma 7:26-32 ) and again at Adasa, where he lost his life. The day of his death was ordained to be kept as a festival as ‘ Nicanor’s Day. ‘The account in 2 Mac (esp. 2Ma 14:12-30 ) differs in several details. 2. One of the ‘Seven’ ( Acts 6:5 ).

T. A. Moxon.

Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Nicanor
One of the seven ordained for ministration of alms. "of honest report, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom," but also preachers of the gospel (Acts 6:1-10; Acts 8:5).

Holman Bible Dictionary - Nicanor
(ni cay' nawr) Personal name meaning, “conqueror.” One of seven Hellenists “full of the Spirit and wisdom” chosen to administer food to the Greek-speaking widows of the Jerusalem church (Acts 6:5 ).



Hitchcock's Bible Names - Nicanor
A conqueror; victorious
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Nicanor
One of the seven chosen to look after the poor saints at Jerusalem. Acts 6:5 .

The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Nicanor
One of the seven first deacons in the church of Christ after the descent of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 6:5) The name is taken from the Greek, and means to conquer.

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Nicanor
One of the first seven deacons, who were chosen and appointed at Jerusalem soon after the Pentecostal descent of the Holy Ghost, Acts 6:1-6 .

Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Nicanor
The name is Greek, but was probably prevalent in Syria, as we find one of the generals of Antiochus Epiphanes called by it (2 Maccabees 8:9). It is more than likely, therefore, that he was a Hellenist Jew of Syria. He is mentioned as one of the Seven in Acts 6:5, a man of repute among the brethren, but we hear and know no more of him.

W. A. Spooner.

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Patroclus - The father of Nicanor ( 2Ma 8:9 )
Posidonius - An envoy sent by Nicanor to Judas ( 2Ma 14:18 )
Lessau - A village where an encounter took place between the Jews and Nicanor ( 2Ma 14:16 )
Theodotus - One of the messengers sent by Nicanor to Judas Maccabæus ( 2Ma 14:19 )
Dorymenes - in conjunction with Nicanor and Gorgias ( 1Ma 3:38 )
Callisthenes - A Syrian, captured by the Jews in a small house, where he had taken refuge after the great victory over Nicanor and Gorgias, in b
Deacons, Seven - They were Saint Stephen the Martyr, Saint Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas (Acts 6)
Seven Deacons - They were Saint Stephen the Martyr, Saint Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas (Acts 6)
Gorgias - , despatched a large army to Judæa, under the command of Ptolemy, Nicanor, and Gorgias
Holofernes - ... Holofernes has been variously identified with Ashurbanipal, Cambyses, Orophernes of Cappadocia (a friend of Demetrius Soter, the enemy of the Jews), Nicanor (the Syrian general conquered by Judas Maccahæus), Scaurus (Pompey’s lieutenant in Syria), and Severus (Hadrian’s general)
Nicanor - Nicanor. The day of his death was ordained to be kept as a festival as ‘ Nicanor’s Day
Alcimus - Demetrius Soter, cousin and successor to Antiochus, in response to Alcimus’s solicitations, reinstated him by the means of Nicanor, the Syrian general
Mattathias - One of three envoys sent by Nicanor to treat with Judas Maccabæus ( 2Ma 14:19 )
Beth-Horon - Here Judas Maccabæus defeated the Syrian general Seron ( 1Ma 3:13-24 ) and five years afterwards Nicanor ( 1 Chronicles 7:39-40 ); more than 200 years later the Jews at the same place beat back the Roman army under Cestius Gallus
Antiochus - There were many kings of this name in Syria, much celebrated in the Greek, Roman, and Jewish histories, after the time of Seleucus Nicanor, the father of Antiochus Soter, and reckoned the first king of Syria after Alexander the Great. ANTIOCHUS SOTER was the son of Seleucus Nicanor, and obtained the surname of Soter, or Saviour, from having hindered the invasion of Asia by the Gauls. When he was come to Ecbatana, he was informed of the defeat of Nicanor and Timotheus, and that Judas Maccabaeus had retaken the temple of Jerusalem, and restored the worship of the Lord, and the usual sacrifices. Demetrius Nicanor, king of Syria, having rendered himself odious to his troops, one Diodotus, otherwise called Tryphon, came to Zabdiel, a king in Arabia, and desired him to entrust him with young Antiochus, whom he promised to place on the throne of Syria, which was then possessed by Demetrius Nicanor. ANTIOCHUS SIDETES, or Soter the Saviour, or Eusebes the pious, was the son of Demetrius Soter, and brother to Demetrius Nicanor. Tryphon, the usurper of the kingdom of Syria, having rendered himself odious to his troops, they deserted him, and offered their services to Cleopatra, the wife of Demetrius Nicanor. Three years after, Antiochus marched against the Persians, or Parthians, and demanded the liberty of his brother Demetrius Nicanor, who had been made prisoner long before by Arsaces, and was detained for the purpose of being employed in exciting a war against Antiochus. After the death of Sidetes, Demetrius Nicanor, or Nicetor, reascended the throne of Syria
Purim - (1) The outgrowth of the Nicanor festival kept on the 13th of Adar, to celebrate the victory over that general in b
Purim - In 1Ma 7:49 and 2Ma 15:36 , as also in Josephus, the 13th of Adar is recorded as a feast-day in commemoration of the defeat of the Syrian general Nicanor in b
Mac'Cabees - Nicanor was defeated, first at Capharsalama, and again in a decisive battle at Adasa B
Mac'Cabees, Books of - and closes with the victory of Judas Maccabaeus over Nicanor
Olives, Mount of - Far more interesting than these ecclesiastical inventions are the numerous ancient Jewish and early Christian tombs (especially the tomb of Nicanor the donor of the ‘Beautiful Gate’ of the Temple; the extraordinary labyrinth commonly known as the ‘Tombs of the Prophets’); and the fragments of mosaic found here from time to time which testify to the pious regard in which the mount was naturally held from early times
Bag - is apparently a coffin (‘when I look at Nicanor the coffin-maker [σοροπηγόν], and consider for what purpose he makes these wooden boxes [γλωσσοκομα]’); and in an inscription quoted by Hatch (Essays in Biblical Greek) γλ
Temple (2) - that presented by Alexander of Alexandria; it was one of the largest, and was covered with gold and silver; secondly, the Eastern gate, which was covered with Corinthian bronze; and, above all, the gate of Nicanor;* [Note: An interesting reference to the gate of Nicanor is to be found on a recently discovered bilingual inscription, in Greek and Hebrew, in the neighbourhood of Jerusalem; it was found inscribed on an ossuary from a sepulchral cave, and runs: Ὀστᾶ τῶν τοῦ Νεικάνορος Ἀλεξανδρέως ποιήσαντος τὰς θύρας נקנד אלכסא (‘The bones of [the children of?] Nicanor, the Alexandrian, who made the doors. Nicanor Aleksa. Clermont-Ganneau says that this inscription ‘can scarcely refer to any other than the family or descendants of Nicanor,’ and that the ‘doors’ must be understood as referring to ‘the famous door of the temple of Herod, known as the Gate of Nicanor, after the rich individual who had presented it to the Sanctuary’; see PEFSt, 1903, pp
Door - This particular gate of the Temple is now believed to be the Corinthian Gate, which is identical with the Nicanor Gate, on the east side of the Temple precincts
Door - This particular gate of the Temple is now believed to be the Corinthian Gate, which is identical with the Nicanor Gate, on the east side of the Temple precincts
Feasts - Nehemiah 8:9 ); the Feast of Nicanor on the 13th day of Adar (March) ( 1Ma 7:49 ; see Purim); the Feast of the Captured Fortress ( 1Ma 13:50-52 ); the Feast of Baskets
Maccabees - then sent Lysias, the Imperial chancellor, to put down the revolt, and he in turn sent a large body of troops against Judas, under three generals Ptolemy, Nicanor, and Gorgias. , sent Nicanor to put an end to the rebellion. This once more brought ‘the Pious’ to the support of Judas, who decisively defeated the Syrians at Adasa, Nicanor himself being killed
Maccabees - It contains a history of about fifteen years, from the execution of Heliodorus's commission, who was sent by Seleucus to fetch away the treasures of the temple, to the victory obtained by Judas Maccabaeus over Nicanor; that is, from the year of the world 3828 to the year 3843, B
Antioch - It was built by Seleucus Nicanor, about three hundred years before Christ; and became the seat of empire of the Syrian kings of the Macedonian race, and afterward of the Roman governors of the eastern provinces; being very centrally and commodiously situated midway between Constantinople and Alexandria, about seven hundred miles from each, in 37 17' north latitude, and 36 45' east longitude
Slave, Slavery (2) - And Nicanor endeavoured to raise the Roman tribute of 2000 talents by the sale of Jews at the rate of ninety per talent (2 Maccabees 8:10 f
Temple - At the Beautiful Gate-either the Gate of Nicanor leading into the court of the Israelites or the Eastern Gate of the outer court-they moved the crowd by performing an act of healing in Christ’s name; and in Solomon’s Porch-the long colonnade in the east of the Temple area-Peter testified to the raising of the Prince of Life whom the rulers had in ignorance killed
Temple - The purification of Mary, Luke 2:22, must have been near the gate Nicanor
Seventy (2) - ) as follows:—James (brother of the Lord), Timothy, Titus, Barnabas, Ananias, Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Simon, Nicolas, Parmenas, Cleopas, Silas, Silvanus, Crescens, Epenetus, Andronicus, Amplias, Urbanus, Stachys, Apelles, Aristobulus, Narcissus, Herodion, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Hermas, Patrobas, Rhodion, Jason, Agabus, Linus, Gaius, Philologus, Olympas, Sosipater, Lucius, Tertius, Erastus, Phygellus, Hermogenes, Dermas, Quartus, Apollos, Cephas, Sosthenes, Epaphroditus, Caesar, Marcus, Joseph Barsabbas, Artemas, Clemens, Onesiphorus, Tychicus, Carpus, Euodius, Philemon, Zenas, Aquila, Priscas, Junias, Marcus (2), Aristarchus, Pudens, Trophimus, Lucas the Eunuch, Lazarus
Jerusalem - The Beautiful-gate , of Acts 3:10 was probably the same as the Nicanor-gate, between the Women’s and the Priests’ Court: it is alluded to in the epitaph of the donor, Nicanor, recently-discovered at Jerusalem
Creation - Megasthenes, who lived in the time of Seleucus Nicanor, affirms, that all the doctrines of the Greeks respecting the creation, and the constitution of nature, were current among the Bramins in India, and the Jews in Syria
Apocrypha - 175) to the death of Nicanor (b
Temple - The ascent into this court from the east was by a flight of fifteen steps, of a semicircular form, and the magnificent gate Nicanor
Jews - Judas, who succeeded his father about 3840 gave Nicanor and the king's troops a terrible defeat, regained the temple, and dedicated it anew, restored the daily worship, and repaired Jerusalem, which was almost in a ruinous heap
Jerusalem - But this extremity of ignominy and oppression led, as might have been expected, to rebellion; and those Jews who still held their insulted religion in reverence, fled to the mountains, with Mattathias and Judas Maccabeus; the latter of whom, after the death of Mattathias, who with his followers and successors, are known by the name of Maccabees, waged successful war with the Syrians; defeated Apollonius, Nicanor, and Lysias, generals of Antiochus; obtained possession of Jerusalem, purified the temple, and restored the service, after three years' defilement by the Gentile idolatries
Jews - Seleucus Nicanor gave them the right of citizens in the cities which he built in Asia Minor and Coelo-Syria, and even in Antioch, his capital, with privileges, which they continued to enjoy under the Romans