Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)/Theophilus

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“Theophilus”
Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)
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See the modern Wikipedia entry at Theophilus.

Theophilus Lover of God, a Christian, probably a Roman, to whom Luke dedicated both his Gospel (Luke 1:3) and the Acts of the Apostles (1:1). Nothing beyond this is known of him. From the fact that Luke applies to him the title "most excellent", the same title Paul uses in addressing Felix (Acts 23:26; 24:3) and Festus (26:25), it has been concluded that Theophilus was a person of rank, perhaps a Roman officer.