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Saint Silas
Bishop and Martyr
Died c. AD 50, Macedonia
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic Churches, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, and Lutheranism
Feast January 26 (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
February 10 (Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod)
July 13 (Roman Martyrology)
July 30 (Eastern Orthodoxy)
July 13 (Syriac, Malankara Calendars)
For other saints named Silvanus, see Silvanus.

Saint Silas or Saint Silvanus (flourished 1st century) was a leading member of the early Christian community, who later accompanied Paul in some of his missionary journeys.

There is some disagreement over the proper form of his name: he is consistently called "Silas" in Acts, but the Latin Silvanus, which means "of the forest", is always used by Paul and in the First Epistle of Peter; it may be that "Silvanus" is the Romanized version of the original "Silas", or that "Silas" is the Greek nickname for "Silvanus". Fitzmyer points out that Silas is the Greek version of the Aramaic "Seila", a version of the Hebrew "Saul", which is attested in Palmyrene inscriptions.[1] The name Latin "Silvanus" may be derived from pre-Roman Italian languages (see, e.g., the character "Asilas", an Etruscan leader and warrior-prophet who plays a prominent role in assisting Aeneas in Virgil's epic poem the Aeneid).[citation needed]

St. Silas is currently commemorated in the Calendar of Saints of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on January 26 with Timothy and the Apostle Titus, and separately on February 10 by the Roman Catholic Church and by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.


  1. ^ Joseph J. Fitzmyer, The Anchor Bible: The Acts of the Apostles (New York: Doubleday, 1998), p. 564
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From LoveToKnow 1911

SILAS (fl. A.D. 50), early Christian prophet and missionary, was the companion of St Paul on the second journey, when he took the place formerly held by Barnabas. The tour included S. Galatia, Troas, Philippi (where he was imprisoned), Thessalonica and Beroea, where Silas was left with Timothy, though he afterwards rejoined Paul at Corinth. He is in all probability the Silvanus 1 who is associated with Paul in the letters to the Thessalonians, mentioned again in 2 Cor. i. 1 9, and the bearer and amanuensis of I Peter (see v. 12). It is possible, indeed, that he has an even closer connexion with this letter, and some scholars (e.g. R. Scott in The Pauline Epistles, 1909) are inclined to give him a prominent place among the writers of the New Testament. He was of Jewish birth and probably also a Roman citizen.

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A contraction of Latin Silvanus in the New Testament.

Proper noun




  1. (Biblical) The companion of Paul in the New Testament, also called Silvanus.
  2. A male given name of Biblical origin.


  • 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version)[1]: Acts 15: 22:
    Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren;




Proper noun


  1. (Biblical) Silas.
  2. A male given name, currently popular in Denmark.


Proper noun

Silas m.

  1. (Biblical) Silas


  • 1602La Santa Biblia (antigua versión de Casiodoro de Reina), rev., Los Hechos 15:40
    Y Pablo escogiendo á Silas, partió encomendado de los hermanos á la gracia del Señor.

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Meaning: wood

A prominent member of the church at Jerusalem; also called Silvanus. He and Judas, surnamed Barsabas, were chosen by the church there to accompany Paul and Barnabas on their return to Antioch from the council of the apostles and elders (Acts 15:22), as bearers of the decree adopted by the council. He assisted Paul there in his evangelistic labours, and was also chosen by him to be his companion on his second missionary tour (Acts 16:19ff). He is referred to in the epistles under the name of Silvanus (2Cor 1:19; 1Thess 1:1; 2 Thes 1:1; 1 Pet 5:12). There is no record of the time or place of his death.

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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