found only Acts 6:9, one who once had been a slave, but who had
been set at liberty, or the child of such a person. In this case
the name probably denotes those descendants of Jews who had been
carried captives to Rome as prisoners of war by Pompey and other
Roman generals in the Syrian wars, and had afterwards been
liberated. In A.D. 19 these manumitted Jews were banished from
Rome. Many of them found their way to Jerusalem, and there
established a synagogue.