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Who Was Theophilus?
http://www.patheos.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer

Posted on 06/12/2014 5:09:17 PM PDT by NKP_Vet

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day that He was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit, to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he had presented himself alive..... Acts 1:1

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TOPICS: Ecumenism; General Discusssion; History
KEYWORDS: theophilus
And why does the Evangelist Luke talk about him so much?
1 posted on 06/12/2014 5:09:17 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

My Father told us kids about Theopholis the thistle sifter. Theopholis the thistle sifter could sift three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb!


2 posted on 06/12/2014 5:25:59 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: NKP_Vet

It could be a real person.

But most biblical scholars will tell you that it is addressed in this way because

Theo=God
Philus=lover (Philadephia, city of love, for example)

So are Luke’s Gospel and the book of Acts addressed to ALL of us? I think so.


3 posted on 06/12/2014 5:27:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NKP_Vet

Who Was Theophilus?

He invented that thick, slightly tangy milk treated with bacteria that keeps you regular, if you can stand the taste.


4 posted on 06/12/2014 5:28:49 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Salvation

You beat me to it.


5 posted on 06/12/2014 5:31:17 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NKP_Vet

Personal friend, maybe even a benefactor that helped Luke financially on his journeys gathering the history of Jesus and the newly started church?


6 posted on 06/12/2014 5:32:06 PM PDT by abishai
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To: tumblindice

That was his brother, Acidophilus.


7 posted on 06/12/2014 5:32:50 PM PDT by abishai
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To: tumblindice

I thought he a A-chilli’s brother


8 posted on 06/12/2014 5:33:21 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: Cicero

Any additions to what I posted?


9 posted on 06/12/2014 5:34:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Cicero; Salvation

Me too. Good answer.


10 posted on 06/12/2014 5:34:49 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Cicero

God-lover makes so much sense.


11 posted on 06/12/2014 5:35:03 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NKP_Vet

I think it means City of God.


12 posted on 06/12/2014 5:35:15 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: stylin19a

Oh, you want to bring up Achilles, that big heel?

CC


13 posted on 06/12/2014 5:37:09 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: NKP_Vet

Theophilus was Luke’s paragonal seeker of Yeshua.

Definitely not a real individual, but all of those he intended to reach by his writing. His Godly brothers.
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14 posted on 06/12/2014 5:37:36 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: abishai

No, I think it was the other brother from a different mother, Snuffleupagus.


15 posted on 06/12/2014 5:37:52 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: NKP_Vet

He was most excellent.


16 posted on 06/12/2014 5:38:05 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Salvation

>> “So are Luke’s Gospel and the book of Acts addressed to ALL of us? I think so.” <<

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Absolutely!


17 posted on 06/12/2014 5:38:54 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: demshateGod

Mistaken there.

The Latin phrase for City is Urbs Urbis, Urbs Urbis is defined as: city.


18 posted on 06/12/2014 5:40:28 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: demshateGod

The name would be
Theourbis

And it isn’t.

Ever hear the word urban?

Suburbs?

They come from the Latin root for city.


19 posted on 06/12/2014 5:41:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NKP_Vet

He played jazz at a club in New Orleans.


20 posted on 06/12/2014 5:44:01 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: the_Watchman
My Father told us kids about Theopholis the thistle sifter. Theopholis the thistle sifter could sift three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb!

Lol.
Never heard that one before.

21 posted on 06/12/2014 5:54:54 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: NKP_Vet

Theophilus also got all the movie rights. Which is why in Hollywood today, the folks who made the Bible and Jesus movies are scared that his descendants will show up and demand royalties, which at this point are now quite extensive.


22 posted on 06/12/2014 6:02:32 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: Salvation
Scripture can teach all something of a surety, thanks to be God.

"It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed." (Luke 1:3-4)

"The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs [tekmērion=that from which something is surely and plainly known-Thayer], being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:" (Acts 1:1-3 - KJV)

"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty." (2 Peter 1:16)

"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:20-21)

23 posted on 06/12/2014 6:09:03 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: abishai; Gamecock
I believe you are correct, sir. Keaneu Reeves photo: Keanu Reeves KeanuB342.jpg Theo was a one-armed piano player in a Greek tragedy.
24 posted on 06/12/2014 6:10:19 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: kaehurowing
Speaking of royalties -- read this great book by Michael O'Brien


25 posted on 06/12/2014 6:12:33 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: AppyPappy

Or was it Old Orleans?


26 posted on 06/12/2014 6:14:02 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Salvation

All I can think of is that IF it was his real name, that might be because so many people at that time converted as adults, and so were baptized as adults. They could keep their names, or they could choose a new Christian name—with such precedents as Abram/Abraham, Jacob/Israel, Saul/Paul, and so forth.

So, Theophilus could be a chosen baptismal name.


27 posted on 06/12/2014 6:14:30 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

That makes sense too.


28 posted on 06/12/2014 6:15:41 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Acts is written in Greek, not Latin.

Philadelphia means "city of brotherly love." Adelphos is Greek for "brother." It could also mean "sisterly love" since adelphe means "sister."

There were several ancient cities named Philadelphia, including one at the present-day site of Amman, Jordan.

29 posted on 06/12/2014 6:18:52 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Cicero

Saul and Paul are the same name.

The Greek language had no means of representing his name (Shaul) so they substituted the P in their writings.


30 posted on 06/12/2014 6:19:26 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: NKP_Vet

when I first became a Christian 25 years ago, I had only came to faith a few days earlier and I woke up and I heard a voice. It said Theopholis! Very firmly like someone getting my attention. . I suddenly realized I needed to get my Bible and read it. I began to read and was stunned to see in the Book of Luke that it was addressed to Theophilus. I researched the word and it means “greatly beloved” or “beloved of God”. so I personally have always thought of it as a title Luke uses for Christians like saint is used but his use of the word is emphasizing the believers state before God, beloved. there’s a radio teacher, can’t remember his name right now, but,he always calls us beloved. I thinks its the same thing but in greek.


31 posted on 06/12/2014 6:25:39 PM PDT by mitzirenee
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To: Verginius Rufus

http://usccb.org/bible/scripture.cfm?bk=Acts&ch=

Introduction to Acts — no mention of Greek language


http://usccb.org/bible/scripture.cfm?bk=Luke&ch=

Introduction to Luke does mention Greek three times.


32 posted on 06/12/2014 6:27:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Gamecock
He was most excellent.

He was a righteous dude.

33 posted on 06/12/2014 6:52:08 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Salvation
I'm not sure what point you are trying to make. The whole New Testament was originally written in Greek. There are a few foreign words here and there but they are also written in Greek letters.

There is an ancient tradition that the Gospel of Matthew was originally written in Aramaic, but we don't have that and can't compare it to the Greek version.

34 posted on 06/12/2014 7:10:04 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

I was just researching the Intros since sometimes they will give that information.

It does appear that Luke may have written in Greek, but I think he was learned enough to also know some Latin.


35 posted on 06/12/2014 7:20:33 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Civitas Dei.
Theos is Greek; Deus is Latin.

Yes, it could be Urbs Dei but if you mean St. Augustine’s work, it was De Civitate Dei.


36 posted on 06/12/2014 8:54:46 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Verginius Rufus

....As is all the NT is written in Greek.


37 posted on 06/13/2014 5:11:44 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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