Q: #506. How many centurions are mentioned in the Bible?

By: Steve Shirley

    A: The word "centurion" is used 24 times, in four books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Acts. Except for three verses in Mark (Mk 15:39,44,45), the Greek word "hekatontarchos" is used for centurion. It means, "the captain of one hundred soldiers," [hekaton = a hundred, archo = to be first (in political rank or power) - Strong's]. (In Mark, the Greek word "kenturion" is used.) Following is a list of the centurions mentioned in the four books.

(Mt 8:5-13)  The centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant. (Also see: Lk 7:1-10)

(Mt 27:51-54) The centurion at the cross when Jesus died, who uttered the words: "Truly this was the Son of God!" (Also see: Mk 15:38-39, 44-45, Lk 23:44-47)
***Note: MacArthur states that "According to tradition, this man actually became a believer."

(Acts 10:1-48) Cornelius, "a centurion of... the Italian Regiment," who was the first Gentile convert to Christianity.

     The next four are all connected to Paul during a specific period of time when he was in Jerusalem, therefore, we cannot know with certainty how many centurions we are talking about.

(Acts 21:32) Centurions arrested Paul in Jerusalem.
(Acts 22:25-29) A centurion "who stood by Paul" as he was about to be scourged.
(Acts 23:17) Centurions guarded Paul as he was imprisoned.
(Acts 23:23) Claudius Lysias called for two centurions to assemble soldiers to take Paul to Governor Felix.

(Acts 24:23) In Caesarea, Governor Felix commands a centurion to imprison Paul and guard him.

(Acts 27:1,6,11,31,43)(Acts 28:16) "Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment," took Paul to Rome.

More Questions & AnswersAsk A QuestionGo To JesusAlive.ccAccept Jesus TODAY!

How To Leave A Comment

    Cross Icon

    My Blog

Find Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter



Questions & Answers

What The Bible Says About...

Essential Christian Doctrine

Jesus "IS" God

Is God Real?

Studying The Word

Did You Know?

Inspirational Quotes

Bible Study Outlines

New Testament Survey

Read The Bible Online

My Testimony