Nicanor
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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Nicanor

a conqueror; victorious

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Nicanor

(conqueror).

  1. Son of Patroclus, 2 Macc. 8:9, a general who was engaged in the Jewish wars under Antiochus Epiphanes and Demetrius I. 1 Macc. 3:38; 4; 7:26,49. (B.C. 160.)
  2. One of the first seven deacons. Acts 6:5.
ATS Bible Dictionary
Nicanor

One of the first seven deacons, who were chosen and appointed at Jerusalem soon after the Pentecostal descent of the Holy Ghost, Acts 6:1-6.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Conqueror, one of the seven deacons appointed in the apostolic Church (Acts 6:1-6). Nothing further is known of him.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
NICANOR (1)

ni-ka'-nor, ni'-ka-nor (Nikanor): The son of Patroclus and one of the king's "chief friends" (2 Maccabees 8:9), a Syrian general under Antiochus Epiphanes and Demetrius Soter. After the defeat of Seron by Judas, Epiphanes entrusted his chancellor Lysias with the reduction of Judea (1 Maccabees 3:34;). Nicanor was one of the three generals commissioned by Lysias-the others being Ptolemy, son of Dorymenes, and Gorgias (1 Maccabees 3:38). The campaign began in 166 B.C.; the Syrians were defeated at Emmaus (1 Maccabees 3:57;), while Gorgias at a later stage gained a victory at Jamnia over a body of Jews who disobeyed Judas (1 Maccabees 5:58). The account given in 2 Maccabees differs considerably, both in omissions and in additions (2 Maccabees 8:9;). There Nicanor, not Gorgias, is the chief in command. The battle of Emmaus is not mentioned, but "the thrice-accursed Nicanor," having in overweening pride invited a thousand slavedealers to accompany him to buy the Jewish captives, was humiliated, and his host was destroyed, he himself escaping "like a fugitive slave" to Antioch (2 Maccabees 8:34). After the death of Epiphanes, Eupator and Lysias (the last two at the hands of Demetrius (1 Maccabees 7:2)), Nicanor appears again under King Demetrius in the struggle between Alcimus and Judas. Alcimus, having been seated in the priesthood by Demetrius' officer Bacchides, could not hold it against Judas and the patriots. He appealed again to Demetrius, who this time selected Nicanor, now governor of Cyprus (2 Maccabees 12:2) and known for his deadly hatred of the Jews, to settle the dispute and slay Judas (2 Maccabees 14:12;; 1 Maccabees 7:26;). Nicanor was appointed governor of Judea on this occasion. Again 1 and 2 Maccabees differ. According to 1 Maccabees, Nicanor sought in vain to seize Judas by treachery. Then followed the battle of Capharsalama ("village of peace"), in which the Syrians were defeated, though Josephus (Ant., XII, x, 5) says Judas was defeated. Nicanor retired to Jerusalem, insulted the priests and threatened the destruction of the temple unless they delivered up Judas. He then retired to Beth-horon to find Judas posted opposite him at Adasa (1 Maccabees 7:39;) 3 1/2 miles distant. Here on the 13th of the 12th month Adar (March), 161 B.C., the Syrians sustained a crushing defeat, Nicanor himself being the first to fall. The Jews cut off his head and proud right hand and hanged them up beside Jerusalem. For a little while Adasa gave the land of Judah rest. The people ordained to keep this "day of great gladness" year by year-the 13th of Adar, "the day before the day of Mordecai" (Feast of Purim). 2 Maccabees mentions that Simon, Judas' brother, was worsted in a first engagement (14:17), omits the battle of Capharsalama, and represents Nicanor, struck with the manliness of the Jews, as entering into friendly relations with Judas, urging him to marry and lead a quiet life, forgetful of the king's command until Alcimus accused him to Demetrius. The latter peremptorily ordered Nicanor to bring Judas in all haste as prisoner to Antioch (14:27). The scene of the final conflict (Adasa) is given only as "in the region of Samaria" (15:1). According to this account, it was Judas who ordered the mutilation of Nicanor and in a more gruesome fashion (15:30;). It is possible that the Nicanor, the Cypriarch or governor of Cyprus of 2 Maccabees 12:2, is a different person from Nicanor, the son of Patroclus-a view not accepted in the above account.

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NICANOR (2)

(Nikanor): One of "the seven" chosen to superintend "the daily ministration" of the poor of the Christian community at Jerusalem (Acts 6:5). The name is Greek.eral under Antiochus Epiphanes and Demetrius Soter. After the defeat of Seron by Judas, Epiphanes entrusted his chancellor Lysias with the reduction of Judea (1 Maccabees 3:34;). Nicanor was one of the three generals commissioned by Lysias-the others being Ptolemy, son of Dorymenes, and Gorgias (1 Maccabees 3:38). The campaign began in 166 B.C.; the Syrians were defeated at Emmaus (1 Maccabees 3:57;), while Gorgias at a later stage gained a victory at Jamnia over a body of Jews who disobeyed Judas (1 Maccabees 5:58). The account given in 2 Maccabees differs considerably, both in omissions and in additions (2 Maccabees 8:9;). There Nicanor, not Gorgias, is the chief in command. The battle of Emmaus is not mentioned, but "the thrice-accursed Nicanor," having in overweening pride invited a thousand slavedealers to accompany him to buy the Jewish captives, was humiliated, and his host was destroyed, he himself escaping "like a fugitive slave" to Antioch (2 Maccabees 8:34). After the death of Epiphanes, Eupator and Lysias (the last two at the hands of Demetrius (1 Maccabees 7:2)), Nicanor appears again under King Demetrius in the struggle between Alcimus and Judas. Alcimus, having been seated in the priesthood by Demetrius' officer Bacchides, could not hold it against Judas and the patriots. He appealed again to Demetrius, who this time selected Nicanor, now governor of Cyprus (2 Maccabees 12:2) and known for his deadly hatred of the Jews, to settle the dispute and slay Judas (2 Maccabees 14:12;; 1 Maccabees 7:26;). Nicanor was appointed governor of Judea on this occasion. Again 1 and 2 Maccabees differ. According to 1 Maccabees, Nicanor sought in vain to seize Judas by treachery. Then followed the battle of Capharsalama ("village of peace"), in which the Syrians were defeated, though Josephus (Ant., XII, x, 5) says Judas was defeated. Nicanor retired to Jerusalem, insulted the priests and threatened the destruction of the temple unless they delivered up Judas. He then retired to Beth-horon to find Judas posted opposite him at Adasa (1 Maccabees 7:39;) 3 1/2 miles distant. Here on the 13th of the 12th month Adar (March), 161 B.C., the Syrians sustained a crushing defeat, Nicanor himself being the first to fall. The Jews cut off his head and proud right hand and hanged them up beside Jerusalem. For a little while Adasa gave the land of Judah rest. The people ordained to keep this "day of great gladness" year by year-the 13th of Adar, "the day before the day of Mordecai" (Feast of Purim). 2 Maccabees mentions that Simon, Judas' brother, was worsted in a first engagement (14:17), omits the battle of Capharsalama, and represents Nicanor, struck with the manliness of the Jews, as entering into friendly relations with Judas, urging him to marry and lead a quiet life, forgetful of the king's command until Alcimus accused him to Demetrius. The latter peremptorily ordered Nicanor to bring Judas in all haste as prisoner to Antioch (14:27). The scene of the final conflict (Adasa) is given only as "in the region of Samaria" (15:1). According to this account, it was Judas who ordered the mutilation of Nicanor and in a more gruesome fashion (15:30;). It is possible that the Nicanor, the Cypriarch or governor of Cyprus of 2 Maccabees 12:2, is a different person from Nicanor, the son of Patroclus-a view not accepted in the above account.

Greek
3527. Nikanor -- Nicanor, a Christian
... Nicanor, a Christian. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: Nikanor Phonetic
Spelling: (nik-an'-ore) Short Definition: Nicanor Definition: Nicanor, a ...
//strongsnumbers.com/greek2/3527.htm - 6k
Library

The Gate of Nicanor, or the East Gate of the Court of Israel.
... A Chorographical Century. Chapters 21-30 Chapter 30 The Gate of Nicanor,
or the East Gate of the Court of Israel. From hence they ...
/.../lightfoot/from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 30 the gate of.htm

How Bacchides, the General of Demetrius's Army, Made an Expedition ...
... How Bacchides, The General Of Demetrius's Army, Made An Expedition Against Judea,
And Returned Without Success; And How Nicanor Was Sent A Little Afterward ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 10 how bacchides the.htm

Concerning the Tyrants Simon and John. How Also as Titus was Going ...
... How Also As Titus Was Going Round The Wall Of This City Nicanor Was Wounded By
A Dart; Which Accident Provoked Titus To Press On The Siege. ...
/.../chapter 6 concerning the tyrants.htm

Self-Inspection.
... I. King Philip of Macedon was informed by some of his courtiers that one of his
officers, Nicanor by name, was always speaking evil of him, that wherever ...
/.../the village pulpit volume ii trinity to advent/xlviii self-inspection.htm

The Faithful Servant
... The young general in one of his outbursts of generosity would have permitted this,
but that Nicanor happened in at an evil moment and drew such pictures of ...
/.../miller/the city of delight/chapter xxi the faithful servant.htm

The House of Offense
... he should not have jested. "I saw," he continued, "Titus and his beloved
Nicanor ride around the walls. Though they were the full ...
//christianbookshelf.org/miller/the city of delight/chapter xi the house of.htm

How Josephus was Discovered by a Woman, and was Willing to Deliver ...
... However, he was afraid that he was invited to come up in order to be punished, until
Vespasian sent besides these a third tribune, Nicanor, to him; he was one ...
/.../chapter 8 how josephus was.htm

Next Day among his Letters were Two of Value in the History of ...
... "TO ONE SEEKING WISDOM IN PRAYER. "If you would share in the deliberations of the
Council of the Covenant, be at the well of Nicanor, which is opposite the ...
//christianbookshelf.org/bacheller/vergilius/chapter 15 next day among.htm

Appendix 1 Massecheth Middoth
... That in the east was the gate of Nicanor, and two chambers belonged to it, one on
the right hand, and one on the left"the one the chamber of Phineas, the ...
/.../edersheim/sketches of jewish social life/appendix 1 massecheth middoth.htm

Book 12 Footnotes
... [26] Josephus's copies must have been corrupted when they here give victory to Nicanor,
contrary to the words following, which imply that he who was beaten ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/book 12 footnotes.htm

Thesaurus
Nicanor (1 Occurrence)
...NICANOR (1). ...Nicanor was one of the three generals commissioned by Lysias-the others
being Ptolemy, son of Dorymenes, and Gorgias (1 Maccabees 3:38). ...
/n/nicanor.htm - 14k

Demetrius (3 Occurrences)
... Alcimus, in fear, sent a message for aid to Demetrius, who sent to his assistance
Nicanor, the best disposed and most faithful of his friends, who had ...
/d/demetrius.htm - 17k

Posidonius
... Posidonios and Poseidon): One of the three envoys sent by the Syrian general Nicanor
to treat with the Jews under Judas during his invasion of Judea, 161 BC (2 ...
/p/posidonius.htm - 6k

Beautiful (152 Occurrences)
... Little dispute exists as to the identification of the Beautiful Gate with the splendid
"gate of Nicanor" of the Mishna (Mid., i.4), and "Corinthian Gate" of ...
/b/beautiful.htm - 38k

Maccabaeus
... The Hellenizing Jews, with ALCIMUS (which see) at their head, secured the
favor of the king, who sent Nicanor against Judas. The ...
/m/maccabaeus.htm - 17k

Fasts (3 Occurrences)
... Month, 9th 'Abh 6. Fast of the Seventh Month, 3rd Tishri 7. Fast of the Tenth Month,
10th Tebheth 8. Feast of Acra, 23d Iyar 9. Feast of Nicanor, 18th 'Adhar 10 ...
/f/fasts.htm - 21k

Feasts (45 Occurrences)
... Month, 9th 'Abh 6. Fast of the Seventh Month, 3rd Tishri 7. Fast of the Tenth Month,
10th Tebheth 8. Feast of Acra, 23d Iyar 9. Feast of Nicanor, 18th 'Adhar 10 ...
/f/feasts.htm - 36k

Nica'nor (1 Occurrence)
Nica'nor. Nicanor, Nica'nor. Nice . Multi-Version Concordance Nica'nor
(1 Occurrence). ... Nicanor, Nica'nor. Nice . Reference Bible.
/n/nica'nor.htm - 6k

Lysias (3 Occurrences)
... Jerusalem and abolish the whole nation." Lysias, accordingly, armed against Judas
Maccabeus a large force under Ptolemy, son of Dorymenes, Nicanor and Gorgias. ...
/l/lysias.htm - 12k

Razis
... elder of Jerusalem," "lover of his countrymen," and for his good will toward them
called "father of the Jews," accused before the Syrian general Nicanor as an ...
/r/razis.htm - 6k

Concordance
Nicanor (1 Occurrence)

Acts 6:5
These words pleased the whole multitude. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch;
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Nicanor

Nicanor: A Servant (Greek: Diakonos) of the Congregation at Jerusalem

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