Some days later, when Felix 1 arrived with his wife Drusilla, 2 who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him speak 3 about faith in Christ Jesus. 4
Mr 6:20; Lu 19:3; Lu 23:8; Ac 16:31; Ac 20:21; Ac 26:22; Ga 2:16,20; Ga 3:2; 1Jo 5:1; Jude 1:3; Re 14:12
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1 sn See the note on Antonius Felix in 23:24.
2 sn It is possible that Drusilla, being Jewish, was the source of Felix’s knowledge about the new movement called Christianity. The youngest daughter of Herod Agrippa I and sister of Agrippa II, she would have been close to 20 years old at the time. She had married the king of a small region in Syria but divorced him at the age of 16 to marry Felix. This was her second marriage and Felix’s third (Josephus, Ant. 19.9.1 [19.354], 20.7.2 [20.141-144]). As a member of Herod’s family, she probably knew about the Way.
3 tn The word “speak” is implied; BDAG 32 s.v. ἀκούω 1.c has “ἤκουσεν αὐτοῦ περὶ τῆς…πίστεως he heard him speak about faith Ac 24:24.”
4 tn Or “Messiah Jesus”; both “Christ” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Hebrew and Aramaic) mean “one who has been anointed.”