1. The fourth Roman emperor. He succeeded Caligula (A.D. 41)
Though in general he treated the Jews, especially those in Asia
and Egypt, with great indulgence, yet about the middle of his
reign (A.D. 49) he banished them all from Rome
(Acts 18:2) In this
edict the Christians were included, as being, as was supposed,
a sect of Jews. The Jews, however soon again returned to Rome.
During the reign of this emperor, several persecutions of the
Christians by the Jews took place in the dominions of Herod
Agrippa, in one of which the apostle James was "killed"
(Acts 12:2) He died A.D. 54
2. Claudius Lysias, a Greek who, having obtained by purchase the
privilege of Roman citizenship, took the name of Claudius
(Acts 21:31-40; 22:28; 23:26)