Festus, Porcius

Smith's Bible Dictionary


Fes'tus, Por'cius. (Festus means festival). Successor of Felix, as procurator of Judea, Act_24:27, sent by Nero probably in the autumn of A.D. 60. A few weeks after Festus reached his province, he heard the cause of St. Paul, who had been left a prisoner by Felix, in the presence of Herod Agrippa II and Bernice his sister, Act_25:11-12. Judea was in the same disturbed state during the procuratorship of Festus. which had prevailed through that of his predecessor. He died probably in the summer of A.D. 60, having ruled the province less than two years.

Taken from: Smith's Bible Dictionary by Dr. William Smith (1884)