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Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος —transliteration: Alexandros —meaning: man-defender

This is the name of 3 or 4 biblical men.

  1. Alexander, a relative of Annas the high priest

    Alexander was present when Peter and John were examined before the Sanhedrim (Acts 4:6).

  2. Alexander, a Cyrenian

    This man’s father, Simon the Cyrenian, bore the cross of Christ (Mark 15:21).

  3. Alexander, a Jew of Ephesus

    He took a prominent part in the uproar raised in Ephesus by the preaching of Paul.

    The Jews tried to use him to plead their cause before the mob. It was probably intended that he should show that he and the other Jews had no sympathy with Paul any more than the Ephesians had.

    And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people. But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. —Acts 19:33-34 KJV

    It is possible that this man was the same as the following.

  4. Alexander, a coppersmith

    It is he who, with Hymenaeus and others, promulgated certain heresies regarding the resurrection (1 Timothy 1:19; 2 Tim. 4:14) destroyed people’s faith and good conscience.

    Paul gave him up to Satan (1 Timothy 1:20, compare 1 Corinthians 5:5).

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Article Version: April 13, 2024