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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

D is for Drusilla

Women of the Bible from A to Z series

“After some days Felix came with his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish, and asked for Paul to be brought to him. He listened to Paul talk about believing in Christ Jesus.” Acts 24:24 ncv


The name Drusilla is and always has been an uncommon name, however my elementary school principal’s first name was Drusilla. Her friends called her Dru (Drew). She was a happy, loving strong Christian lady. As a principal, her smile made her charges feel loved and safe. When someone misbehaved, she laid a gentle yet firm hand on their shoulder and spoke truth. The name means strong, sturdy, fruitful, and dewy-eyed—a pretty good description of Principal Dru.

On the other hand, the Drusilla mentioned in Acts lived in a harsher world.

She was the third and youngest daughter of King Herod Agrippa (Acts 12:1-4, 20-23), a man who mistreated the early Christians, ordered the apostle James (brother of John) to be killed by the sword, and then arrested the apostle Peter. The king later declared of himself, “This is the voice of god, not a human!” Because he didn’t give God the glory, an angel of the Lord immediately caused him to become deathly sick. He as eaten by worms and died. (Yuck!)

Drusilla was also the wife or mistress of Governor Felix who put Paul in jail upon the conclusion of Paul’s defense case (Acts 24:10-21). Drusilla, of Jewish descent, was present at Paul’s second hearing before Felix. When Paul spoke about believing in Jesus Christ and living a righteous, self-controlled life, Felix, Drusilla, and the other Jews in attendance became afraid. The governor ordered him to “Go away.” And so began the imprisonment of Paul for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

According to Christian Answers, Drusilla along with a son perished in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79; another horrible death.

I must say, I like Principal Dru a lot better than the daughter of Agrippa and wife of Felix.

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  1. Drusilla always seems like a dreary name (reminiscent of Drizella, one of Cinderella's wicked stepsisters). But I can see why, it doesn't have the "sweetest" of connotations. Dru, on the other hand, is kind of fun and sporty.

    Thank you for the additional info about her!

  2. I agree, Drusilla does seem like a dreary name. If I hadn't known a wonderful woman with the name, I probably would have selected a different name for "D." Thanks for hopping by.

  3. Really interesting information. I took a wonderful class in college called Women In The Biblical Tradition and this information is a wonderful addition to all I learned in that class.

    AtoZChallenge Dragondreamer's Lair

    1. Well, thank you, Kristin, that is quite a complement. I've never taken a formal Biblical class, just 30+ years of reading God's Word.

  4. This is very interesting...I did not know anything about Drusilla. (That could be because I haven't made it to Acts, yet, sadly).

    I found you through the A-Z Challenge and feel so blessed that I did!

    1. Your words blessed me. I encourage your to keep reading God's Word and listening to His voice. When you seek Him with all your heart, He will let you find Him. (Jer. 29:13)

  5. What a great theme for the AtoZ Challenge! Looking forward to reading more!


Thank you for your thoughts and comments...God bless you