Rhoda (biblical figure)

Rhoda (biblical figure)

Peter Returns by Johann Christoph Weigel, 1695. Rhoda is in the upper left of the woodcut.

Rhoda is a minor individual in the angel." Yet Peter kept on knocking and eventually they opened the door for him.

Peter had walked out of a prison chained to, and guarded by, Roman soldiers and confined behind secure walls; yet, was unable to get past a gate because a servant girl was too excited to open it for him. Jaroslav Pelikan suggests that it is "difficult not to smile when reading this little anecdote,"[2] while F. F. Bruce says that the scene is "full of vivid humour."[3]


  1. ^ Joseph Henry Thayer, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, RHODA.
  2. ^ Jaroslav Pelikan, Acts (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2005), 148.
  3. ^ F. F. Bruce, Commentary on the Book of the Acts (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1964), 251.