Aeneas (biblical figure)
Aeneas is a character in the New Testament. According to Acts 9:32-33, he lived in Lydda, and had been a cripple for eight years. When Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat," he was healed and got up.
F. F. Bruce suggests that Aeneas was "one of the local Christian group, though this is not expressly stated." According to David J. Williams, there is some ambiguity in the Greek text of verse 34, which contains a phrase normally translated as "make thy bed". The text would literally be rendered as Peter telling Aeneas to "spread for himself", which might not refer to his bedding, but something else he was previously unable to do. Williams suggests it could, for example, mean "Get yourself something to eat".
The story is followed by an account of the raising of Dorcas.
- F. F. Bruce, Commentary on the Book of the Acts (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1964), 210.
- Williams, David J. (2011). Acts. Understanding the Bible Commentary Series. Baker Books. p. 166.