Simeon Niger

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Simeon of Niger is a person in the Book of Acts in the New Testament. He is mentioned in Acts 13:1 as being one of the "prophets and teachers" in the church of Antioch:

In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon of Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.

— Acts 13:1, NIV

The nickname Niger is interpreted by some to mean"black", referring to a dark complexion or African descent, since niger is the latin word for black.[1]

Some commentators identify Simeon as the same person as Simon of Cyrene, and Simon's son Rufus as the same person as Rufus named in Romans 16.


  1. ^ Kistemaker, Simon J. (1990). Acts. Baker Book House. p. 454.