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Cornelius (Centurion)
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According to the book of Acts, Cornelius (Κορνήλιος) was the first Gentile convert of the early Christian movement, converted and baptized by the apostle Peter (Peter [Apostle]) after the two had come to meet by divine intervention through complementary visions (Acts 10:1–11:18; 15:6–11; Hengel & Schwemer, 2019). Cornelius was a Roman centurion (ἑκατοντάρχης, a military leader over a division of 100 soldiers), in the early 40s CE stationed i…

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Zwiep, Arie W., “Cornelius (Centurion)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2022

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