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Theophilus


Theoph’ilus (friend of God), the person to whom St. Luke inscribes his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Luke 1:3; Acts 1:1. From the honorable epithet applied to him in Luke 1:3, it has been argued with much probability that he was a person in high official position. All that can be conjectured with any degree of safety concerning him comes to this, that he was a Gentile of rank and consideration, who came under the influence of St. Luke or under that of St. Paul at Rome, and was converted to the Christian faith.