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1. (Bible) New Testament a Jewish Christian of Jerusalem who was struck dead for lying (Acts 5)
2. a liar


(ˌæn əˈnaɪ əs)

1. a man who was struck dead for lying. Acts. 5:1–5.
2. a liar.
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Noun1.Ananias - a habitual liar (after a New Testament character who was struck dead for lying)Ananias - a habitual liar (after a New Testament character who was struck dead for lying)
New Testament - the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible
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A little earlier in the Acts, there is another story of Ananias and Sapphira, two other moneyloving people, who dishonestly tried to dupe the disciples with false claims of piety and sacrifice, while all the time they were lining their own pockets.
brings when the final chapter investigates how Acts treats the intriguing topic of community of possessions, assigning praise and blame to the actions of various disciples (see the treatment of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5).
Then when a married couple named Ananias and Sapphira broke this communal commitment - didn't share what they had earned from selling a piece of their own property, but kept it for themselves - God struck them dead on the spot?