Anthony in the Bible

The name ‘Anthony’ does not exactly appear in the Bible, but its female variation ‘Antonia’ is found in the Bible.


a fortress in Jerusalem, at the north-west corner of the temple area. It is called “the castle” (Acts 21:34,37). From the stairs of this castle Paul delivered his famous speech to the multitude in the area below (Acts 22:1-21). It was originally a place in which were kept the vestments of the high priest. Herod fortified it, and called it Antonia in honour of his friend Mark Antony. It was of great size, and commanded the temple. It was built on a plateau of rock, separated on the north from the hill Bezetha by a ditch about 30 feet deep and 165 feet wide.
(from Easton’s Bible Dictionary, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)


Meaning of Antonia (Anthony)

From the cited information, we can see that the word ‘Antonia’ was referred to as ‘the castle’ in Acts 21:34, 37 and Acts 22:1-21.

The meaning of the name is controversial with some claiming it means ‘priceless one’ while others say it means ‘Worthy of Admiration’ but this is all gotten from the Latin origin of the name.

As far as the Bible is concerned, we have no clear definition except that it was the name of a fortress in Jerusalem.

So Where is the Anthony in the Bible?

Acts 21:34, 37 and Acts 22:1-21.

McClintock and Strong also tell us that Antonia is

“a fortress is called ‘parembolh’ in the New Testament (Acts 21:34,37), and is the “castle” into which Paul was carried from the Temple by the soldiers, from the stairs of which he addressed the people collected in the adjacent court (Acts 21:31-40). Dr. Robinson (Researches, 1, 422) conceives that the deep and otherwise inexplicable excavation called “the pool of Bethesda” was part of the trench below the north wall of this fortress; in which case, as he remarks, its extent must have been much more considerable than has usually been supposed. See Jerusalem.”

(from McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

More Historic Information on Anthony

According to McClintock and Strong,

Antonia (a.k.a Anthony or Antoniette ) is a frequent Roman name, fem. of Antonius, the name of two females mentioned by Josephus.

1. The mother of Germanicus and Claudius (afterward emperor); she loaned Herod Agrippa money to retrieve his credit with Tiberius (Josephus, Ant. 18, 6, 4). She was a woman of eminent virtue (ib. 6). She was born about B.C. 36, and lived to see the accession of her grandson Caligula (see Smith’s Dict. of Class. Ant. s. v.).

2. A daughter of the Emperor Claudius by Petina (Josephus, War, 2, 12, 7). Nero had her put to death on a charge of treason, after her refusal to marry him (Suet. Claud. 27; Ner. 35; Tacit. Ann. 12, 2; 13:23; 15:53; Dio Cass. 9:5).

(from McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia, Electronic Database. Copyright © 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)




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