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Silas in Wikipedia
Saint Silas or Saint Silvanus (flourished 1st century) was a
leading member of the early Christian community, who later
accompanied Paul in some of his missionary journeys.
There is some disagreement over the proper form of his name:
he is consistently called "Silas" in Acts, but the Latin
Silvanus, which means "of the forest", is always used by
Paul and in the First Epistle of Peter; it may be that
"Silvanus" is the Romanized version of the original "Silas",
or that "Silas" is the Greek nickname for "Silvanus".
Fitzmyer points out that Silas is the Greek version of the
Aramaic "Seila", a version of the Hebrew "Saul", which is
attested in Palmyrene inscriptions. The name Latin
"Silvanus" may be derived from pre-Roman Italian languages
(see, e.g., the character "Asilas", an Etruscan leader and
warrior-prophet who plays a prominent role in assisting
Aeneas in Virgil's epic poem the Aeneid).
St. Silas is currently commemorated in the Calendar of
Saints of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on
January 26 with Timothy and the Apostle Titus, and
separately on July 13 by the Roman Catholic Church and
February 10 by the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.