Agabus

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Agabus
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The Prophecy of Agabus by Louis Cheron
Prophet, Disciple, & Martyr
Born 1st century AD
Antioch
Died unknown
Antioch
Honored in
Christianity
Feast February 13 (Roman Catholic)
March 8 (Eastern Orthodox)
Patronage prophets

Agabus (Greek: Ἄγαβος) or Agabo was an early follower of Christianity mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as a prophet. He is traditionally remembered as one of the Seventy Disciples described in Luke 10:1-24.

Biblical account[edit]

Agabus appears to have been a resident of Jerusalem. He is said to have been one of the seventy disciples, mentioned in the Gospel of Luke, commissioned to preach the gospel. Agabus was with the twelve disciples in the upper room on the day of Pentecost.[1]

According to Acts 11:27-28, he was one of a group who came to Antioch from Jerusalem. Agabus had received the gift of prophecy, and predicted a severe famine that the author says came under the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius.[2]

According to Acts 21:10-12 in 58 AD, he met Paul of Tarsus at Caesarea Maritima and warned him of his coming capture; he bound his own hands and feet with Paul's belt to demonstrate what would happen if he continued his journey to Jerusalem, though Paul would not be persuaded to stay away.[2]

He went to many countries, teaching and converting many. This moved the Jews of Jerusalem to arrest him, and they tortured him by beating him severely, and putting a rope around his neck. He was dragged outside the city and stoned to death.[1] Maas says he was martyred at Antioch.[2]

Veneration[edit]

Maino St. Agabus standing in front of a clouded sky 110.5 x 90.2 cm.jpg

The Roman Catholic Church celebrates his feast day on February 13, while the Eastern Christianity celebrates it on March 8.[2]

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