Of Cyrene, mentioned Ac 13:1, was on of the ministers and teachers of the Christian church at Antioch, and probably a kinsman of Paul, Ro 16:21. He is supposed by some to be the same with the evangelist Luke; but of this there is no evidence.
Paul's kinsman or fellow tribesman (Ro 16:21). Tradition makes him consecrated Bishop of Cenchreae by Paul (Apost. Const. 7:46).
1. A 'consul of the Romans' (1Ma 15:16 ff.), who transmitted the decree of the senate in favour of the Jews. Probably the reference is to Lucius Calpurnius Piso, consul in b.c. 139. 2. Of Cyrene, one of certain prophets and teachers at Antioch in Syria, mentioned in Ac 13:1, to whom it was revealed that Paul and Barnabas should be separated for the work to which they had been called. The suggestion that he was the same person as St. Luke, the Evangelist, has nothing to support it. 3. Mentioned in Ro 16:21, as sending greetings to the brethren at Rome. Possibly the same person as 2, but of this there is no certain proof.
1. Prophet or teacher of Cyrene, one of those at Antioch who, after prayer and fasting, laid their hands on Barnabas and Paul and sent them on the first missionary journey. Ac 13:1.
2. Kinsman of Paul whose salutation was sent to Rome. Ro 16:21.
1. A kinsman or fellow tribesman of St. Paul,
by whom he is said by tradition to have been ordained bishop of the church of Cenchreae. He is thought by some to be the same with Lucius of Cyrene.
2. Lucius of Cyrene is first mentioned in the New Testament in company with Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Manaen and Saul, who are described as prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch.
Whether Lucius was one of the seventy disciples is quite a matter of conjecture; but it is highly probable that he formed one of the congregation to whom St. Peter preached on the day of Pentecost,
and there can hardly be a doubt that he was one of "the men of Cyrene" who, being "scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen," went to Antioch preaching the Lord Jesus.