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Felix, Roman Governor
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(Roman Governor; according to Tacitus, Historiae V 9: Antonius Felix), freedman of the royal family, brother of the imperial minister of finance Pallas (Suet. Cl. 28), and governor of Judea between 52 and 55–60 ce (the date of his replacement is uncertain). His term of office was marked by inner-Jewish disputes, the appearance of prophetic leaders (Acts 21:38; Jos. Bell. II 13.5) and the beginnings of the Jewish opposition to Rome (Bell. II 13; Ant. XX 8.5–8). While Felix used the rebel movement of the Sicarii (Zealots) to have the high priest Jonathan …

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Friedrich Wilhelm, Horn, “Felix, Roman Governor”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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