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cyrene


cyrene


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Cyrene 
  a  city  (now  Tripoli)  in  Upper  Libya,  North  Africa,  founded  by  a 
  colony  of  Greeks  (B.C.  630).  It  contained  latterly  a  large 
  number  of  Jews,  who  were  introduced  into  the  city  by  Ptolemy, 
  the  son  of  Lagus,  because  he  thought  they  would  contribute  to 
  the  security  of  the  place  They  increased  in  number  and 
  influence;  and  we  are  thus  prepared  for  the  frequent  references 
  to  them  in  connection  with  the  early  history  of  Christianity. 
  Simon,  who  bore  our  Lord's  cross,  was  a  native  of  this  place 
  (Matt.  27:32;  Mark  15:21).  Jews  from  Cyrene  were  in  Jerusalem  at 
  Pentecost  (Acts  2:10);  and  Cyrenian  Jews  had  a  synagogue  at 
  Jerusalem  (6:9).  Converts  belonging  to  Cyrene  contributed  to  the 
  formation  of  the  first  Gentile  church  at  Antioch  (11:20).  Among 
  "the  prophets  and  teachers"  who  "ministered  to  the  Lord  at 
  Antioch"  was  Lucius  of  Cyrene  (13:1). 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Cyrene,  a  wall;  coldness;  the  floor