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Ananias and Sapphira
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According to the Acts of the Apostles, Ananias and Sapphira were two members of the early church in Jerusalem. Their story, narrated in Acts 5:1–11, is perhaps one of the most famous and mysterious episodes of Luke’s second book. In short: they sell their estate and put the earnings at the apostle’s feet, but Ananias withholds part of the profits for h…

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Butticaz, Simon David, “Ananias and Sapphira”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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