Ananias ( _gr. Ἁνανίας) is the Greek form of
Hananiah(Hebrew for "Yahweh is gracious"), or Ananiah, a name occurring several times in the Old Testamentand Apocrypha(Nehemiah 3:23, 1 Chronicles 15:23, Tobit 5:12. etc.), and three times in the New Testament.
Ananias may refer to:
* Ananias spouse of Sapphira, a member of the first Christian community, who dropped dead suddenly after attempting to deceive the Holy Spirit by withholding part of the profit from the sale of a piece of land.
Ananias of Damascusa disciple at Damascuswho figures in the story of the conversion of Paul of Tarsus
* Son of Nedebaios (
Josephus, "Antiquites" xx. 5. 2), a high priest who presided during the trial of Paul at Jerusalemand Caesarea (Acts 23:2, 24:1-5). He officiated as high priest from about AD 47to 59. Quadratus, governor of Syria, accused him of being responsible for acts of violence. He was sent to Romefor trial (AD 52), but was acquitted by the emperor Claudius. Being a friend of the Romans, he was murdered by the people at the beginning of the First Jewish-Roman War.
* A priest and fellow martyr of
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