Character Study on Drusilla

Character Study on Drusilla

Acts 24: And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.

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Hitchcock's Bible Names - Drusilla
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Easton's Bible Dictionary - Drusilla
Third and youngest daughter of Herod Agrippa I. (Acts 12:1-4,20-23 ). Felix, the Roman procurator of Judea, induced her to leave her husband, Azizus, the king of Emesa, and become his wife. She was present with Felix when Paul reasoned of "righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come" (Acts 24:24 ). She and her son perished in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, A.D. 79.
Holman Bible Dictionary - Drusilla
(dryoo ssihl' luh) Wife of Felix, the Roman governor of Judea who heard Paul's case. Drusilla was a Jew and listened to Paul's arguments with her husband (Acts 24:24 ). She was the youngest daughter of Herod Agrippa I. She had been engaged to Antiochus Ephiphanes of Commagene, but he refused to become a Jew. King Aziz of Emesa did agree to be circumcized, and they were married. Atomos, a magician from Cyprus, helped Felix win Drusilla away from her husband. Apparently, her son Agrippa died when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. She may have also died in this disaster. See Herod .



Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Drusilla
The fair but loose daughter of Herod Agrippa I and Cypros (Acts 12); sister of Herod Agrippa II; married to Azizus, king of Emesa, on his becoming a Jew; seduced by Felix, procurator of Judea, through Simon the Cyprian sorcerer (Josephus, Ant. 20:7, section 2). Present at Paul's hearing before Felix at Caesarea. By Felix she had a son, Agrippa, who perished with his mother in the Vesuvian eruption, under Titus.

Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Drusilla
(Acts 24:24)

The youngest of the three daughters of Herod Agrippa I. She was but six years old when her father died in a.d. 44 (Jos. Ant. XIX. ix. 1). He had betrothed her to Epiphanes, son of the king of Commagene. This marriage did not take place, as Epiphanes refused to undergo the rite of circumcision (Ant. XX. vii. 1). Drusilla was given by her brother Agrippa II. to Azizus, king of Emesa. The marriage took place seemingly in a.d. 53. Very shortly afterwards the procurator Felix, who had lately come to Judaea , met the young queen and was captivated by her charms (‘She did indeed exceed all other women in beauty’ [Ant. xx. vii. 2]). Employing as his emissary one Simon, a Cypriote, he persuaded her to leave her husband and to join him as his third wife-and third queen (‘trium reginarum maritum,’ writes Suetonius of Felix [Claud. xxviii.]). Of this union there was issue a son, who was given the name Agrippa, and of whom Josephus (Ant. xx. vii. 2) records incidentally that he and his wife perished in the eruption of Vesuvius in the reign of the Emperor Titus, i.e. in a.d. 79. Of Drusilla herself nothing is recorded later than the statement in Acts, which permits us to assume that she was present when St. Paul had audience of Felix, and used the opportunity to reason ‘of righteousness, and temperance, and the judgment to come.’

G. P. Gould.

People's Dictionary of the Bible - Drusilla
Drusilla (dru-sĭl'lah). Acts 24:24 The young daughter of Herod Agrippa I., and sister of Agrippa II. She was first betrothed to Antiochus Epiphanes, prince of Commagene; but, as he refused to become a Jew, she was married to Azizus, prince of Emesa. Soon after, Felix, the Roman procurator, persuaded her, by means of the Cyprian sorcerer Simon, to leave her husband and marry him. Acts 24:24. She bore him a son, Agrippa, who perished in the eruption of Vesuvius in the reign of Titus.

Morrish Bible Dictionary - Drusilla
Daughter of Herod Agrippa I: and Cypros, and sister of Agrippa II. She married Aziz king of Emesa on his becoming a Jew, but was subsequently seduced into leaving her husband and marrying Felix, procurator of Judaea. She was present when Paul was heard before Felix. Acts 24:24 . With her son Agrippa she perished at an eruption of Vesuvius.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Drusilla
DRUSILLA . The third wife of the procurator Felix ( Acts 24:24 ). She was the youngest daughter of Herod Agrippa I., and is said to have been persuaded by one Simon (? Simon Magus) to desert her first husband, Azizus king of Emesa, for Felix. She cannot have been more than 16 years of age when she listened to St. Paul reasoning on ‘righteousness and temperance and the judgment to come’ ( Acts 24:25 ).

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Drusilla
The youngest daughter of Herod Agrippa I, and sister of the younger Agrippa and Bernice, celebrated for her beauty and infamous for her licentiousness. She was first espoused to Epiphanes, son of Antiochus king of Comagena, on condition of his embracing the Jewish religion; but as he afterwards refused to be circumcised, Drusilla was given in marriage by her brother to Azizus king of Emessa. When Felix came as governor of Judea, he persuaded her to abandon her husband and her religion, and become his wife. Paul bore testimony before them to the truth of the Christian religion, Acts 24:24 . She and her son afterwards perished in an eruption of Vesuvius.

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Jewess - Drusilla, the wife of Felix the Roman governor, was a Jewess (Acts 24:24 )
Drusilla - Drusilla was a Jew and listened to Paul's arguments with her husband (Acts 24:24 ). Atomos, a magician from Cyprus, helped Felix win Drusilla away from her husband
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Felix - In Judea he married Drusilla, sister of the younger Agrippa, having enticed her from her second husband Azizus. Meanwhile his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, desired to hear Paul explain the new religion; and the apostle being summoned before them, discoursed with his usual boldness on justice, chastity, and the final judgment
Drusilla - Drusilla (dru-sĭl'lah)
Drusilla - Drusilla was given by her brother Agrippa II. Of Drusilla herself nothing is recorded later than the statement in Acts, which permits us to assume that she was present when St
Agrippa ii. - He was the brother of Bernice and Drusilla
Drusilla - She was first espoused to Epiphanes, son of Antiochus king of Comagena, on condition of his embracing the Jewish religion; but as he afterwards refused to be circumcised, Drusilla was given in marriage by her brother to Azizus king of Emessa
Herod, Family of - Drusilla
Felix - The wife of Felix was Drusilla, a daughter of Herod Agrippa I
fe'Lix - The wife of Felix was Drusilla, daughter of Herod Agrippa I
Felix - ) ... Drusilla, the daughter of Herod Agrippa, having been induced by Felix to desert her husband, the king of Emesa, became his adulterous companion
Felix - Paul, when sent a prisoner to Caesarea, appeared before Felix; and again before him and his wife Drusilla; and as Paul reasoned of righteousness, temperance and judgement to come, Felix trembled, and said when he had a convenient season he would send for him
Felix, Antonius - He married thrice, each time to a person of royal birth; see Drusilla
Felix - At the second Paul, before Felix and Drusilla, Felix's Jewish wife, who was curious to "hear him concerning the faith of Christ," so reasoned of "righteousness and temperance (both of which Felix outraged as a governor and a man, having seduced from her husband) and judgment to come" that Felix "trembled" before his prisoner, but deferred repentance, saying, "when I have a convenient season I will call for thee. " (See Drusilla
Claudius - Felix found means to solicit and engage Drusilla, sister of Agrippa the Younger, to leave her husband Azizus, king of the Emessenians, and to marry him, A. ... While the Apostle was thus detained, Felix, with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess, sent for him, and desired him to explain the religion of Jesus Christ
Felix - ) calls Drusilla, confusing her, no doubt, with the Jewish princess with whom Felix allied himself later. -the newly wedded wife of King Azizus of Emesa-see article Drusilla
Herod - ... Drusilla (Acts 24:24 ) was the third and youngest daughter of Agrippa I. ... Bernice was the sister of Drusilla and Agrippa II, and also his wife
Agrippa - He left a son of the same name, and three daughters— Bernice, who was married to her uncle Herod, her father's brother; Mariamne, betrothed to Julius Archelaus; and Drusilla, promised to Epiphanius, the son of Archelaus, the son of Comagena
Jew, Jewess - Thus Eunice, the mother of Timothy (Acts 16:1), was a Jewess who had married a Greek, while Drusilla, the wife of Felix the governor of Syria (Acts 24:24), is also described as a Jewess
Augustus - Immediately after the second divorce he robbed Tiberius Claudius Nero of his wife, Livia Drusilla (38 b
Dates - -(2) The marriage of Felix and Drusilla is, according to Josephus, rendered impossible before 55. Paul before Felix and Drusilla and the deposition of Felix two years must be allowed (Acts 24:27)
Simeon - 20:7, section 2) records that Simeon was Felix' tool to seduce Drusilla away from her husband Azizus, king of Emesa
Tiberius - Having taken up arms against Octavian (40), he had to flee to Sicily with his young wife Livia Drusilla and his scarcely two-year-old son, the future Emperor