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🔼The name Claudius in the Bible
There are two men named Claudius in the Bible:
- The fifth Roman emperor, who banned all Jews from Rome (Acts 11:28, Acts 18:2).
- A Roman commander, fully named Κλαυδιος Λυσιας (Claudius Lysias), who saved the apostle Paul from assassination by Jews (Acts 23:26).
🔼Etymology of the name Claudius
The name Claudius is the masculine version of the feminine Claudia. Both come from either the verb claudico or the verb claudo:
Most commentators translate the name Claudius with Lame or Crippled but in Latin this name would have sounded just as much as Enclosure or Safe Haven or even Support or One To Lean On. Comparable Hebrew names are Zelah and Paseah.