The Prophecy of Agabus by Louis Cheron
|Prophet, Disciple, & Martyr|
|Born||1st century AD
|Feast||February 13 (Roman Catholic)
March 8 (Eastern Orthodox)
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 and other traditional accounts
According to extra-biblical tradition, 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. It is said that Agabus was with the twelve disciples in the upper room on the day of Pentecost.
According to Acts 11:27-28, he was one of a group of prophets who travelled from Jerusalem to Antioch. Agabus had received the gift of prophecy, and predicted a severe famine which the author of Acts says occurred during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius.
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.
Tradition says that 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. Maas says he was martyred at Antioch.
- David Miall Edwards, in International Standard Bible Encyclopedia entry: Agabus http://biblehub.com/topical/a/agabus.htm accessed 24 September 2015
- "The Martyrdom of St. Agabus, One of the Seventy Disciples", Coptic Orthodox Church Network
- Maas, Anthony. "Agabus." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 14 Jan. 2014