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Alexander, name of seven men

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Alexander the Great

King of Macedon, 336-323 B.C. He is mentioned in 1 Maccabees 1:1-10; 6:2. He is also supposed to be spoken of in Daniel 2:39; 7:6; 8:5-7; 11:3-4.

Alexander Balas

Eleventh King of Syria, 150-145 B.C. His struggle for the throne, his promises to Jonathan, his pro-Jewish policy may be learned from 1 Maccabees 10:1-89. He was vanquished by his father-in-law, Ptolemy Philometor of Egypt, and Syria thus passed into the hands of Demetrius II (1 Maccabees 11:1-19).


A son of Simon of Cyrene mentioned by St. Mark (15:21) who carried the Cross after Jesus.


A member of the court that tried Peter and John (Acts 4:6); some identify him with Alexander Lysimachus the brother of Philo and friend of Claudius before he ascended the throne.


A Jew or a Jewish Christian (Acts 19:33-34) who attempted to defend St. Paul in his Ephesian difficulty — some identify him with the son of Simon of Cyrene.


An Ephesian Christian who apostatized (1 Timothy 1:20), and who together vith Hymeneus was delivered up to Satan by the Apostles.


A coppersmith of Ephesus (2 Timothy 4:14-15), who did much evil to St. Paul. Some identify him with the Alexander mentioned under the preceding number.

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APA citation. Maas, A. (1907). Alexander, name of seven men. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

MLA citation. Maas, Anthony. "Alexander, name of seven men." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. <>.

Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by Gerard Haffner.

Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. March 1, 1907. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.

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