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Silas

SILAS sī’ ləs (Σιλα̂ς, prob. a contraction of Σιλουανός, G4977, the equivalent of Heb. שָׁא֗וּל, asked or Aram. šeîlā, “Saul”). A prominent member of the Jerusalem church (Acts 15:22, 23) and companion of Paul on most of his second missionary journey (chs. 15-18). When the Jerusalem Council decided that Gentile believers were not obligated to be circumcised, Silas was one of two delegates appointed to accompany Paul and Barnabas to Antioch with the letter announcing the Council’s decree (15:22, 23). The sentiments of the Council were orally expressed as well (v. 27), together with strengthening words of exhortation by Silas and [[Judas Barsabbas]] who are called “prophets” (15:32). After some time in Antioch, their mission accomplished, they returned to “those who had sent them” (15:33), or “unto the apostles” (KJV). (According to 15:34 [KJV], Silas remained in Antioch, but this v. is omitted by the best texts and RSV.) Others hold that he remained in Antioch until he was chosen by