Three different characters in the book of Acts are named Ananias:

(1) A member of the Jerusalem church who violates its communal principles and is struck down after denying the transgression (Acts 5.1–11; cf. Josh. 7).

(2) The disciple who reluctantly restores Saul's vision after the road to Damascus experience (Acts 9.10–19; See Paul).

(3) The high priest who presides when Paul is brought before the Council in Jerusalem (Acts 23.1–5). Later this Ananias leads a delegation from the Council to the governor in Caesarea to plead for Paul's condemnation (Acts 24.1–23).

Daniel N. Schowalter