'Theophilus' can also refer to...

Alfred Theophilus Lee (1829—1883) Church of England clergyman

Charles Theophilus Metcalfe (1785—1846) colonial governor

Grantly, The Revd Theophilus, Mrs

Isaac Theophilus Akuna Wallace Johnson (1894—1965) politician

Sir Charles Herbert Theophilus Metcalfe (1853—1928) civil engineer

Sir Theophilus John Metcalfe (1828—1883) administrator in India

Sir Theophilus Jones (1639—1685) army officer

Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe (1650—1702) army officer

Sir Theophilus Pritzler (1783—1839) army officer

Sir Theophilus Shepstone (1817—1893) politician in Natal

Sir Thomas Theophilus Metcalfe (1795—1853) East India Company servant



Theophilus (d. 412)


Theophilus Beckford (1935—2001)

Theophilus Bird (c. 1598—1663) actor

Theophilus Bolton (1678—1744) Church of Ireland archbishop of Cashel

Theophilus Brabourne (c. 1590—1661) Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist

Theophilus Brown (b. 1811)

Theophilus Browne (1762—1835) Unitarian minister

Theophilus Cibber (1703—1758) actor and playwright

Theophilus Clarke (c. 1774—1832) portrait painter

Theophilus Dillingham (1613—1678) college head

Theophilus Dorrington (1654—1715) Church of England clergyman

Theophilus Downes (c. 1657—1726) nonjuror and author

Theophilus Eaton (1590—1658) merchant and colonial governor

Theophilus Edvard von Hansen (1813—1891)

Theophilus Edward Samuel Scholes (c. 1858—1940) medical practitioner and political commentator


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Greek for ‘lover of God’; the person to whom the third gospel (Luke 1: 3) and the Acts (1: 1) are dedicated; someone of distinction who might have been the author's patron, who helped him with the publication of the two volumes, and very probably he was already a Christian. Luke writes to strengthen his faith, and through him all future readers. However, some scholars have thought the name was merely a pseudonym; and others note that there was a Theophilus who was high priest serving in the Temple between 37 and 41 ce.

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