Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Note 1 at Ac 13:1: This Simeon is not mentioned anywhere else in Scripture. It has been supposed that because he was called Niger, which means "black" (Strong's Concordance), that he was of the African race, but that cannot be certain.
Note 2 at Ac 13:1: Lucius of Cyrene is possibly the same Lucius who was a worker with Paul and his kinsmen (Ro 16:21).
Note 3 at Ac 13:1: The Greek word used for "brought up with," in describing Manaen's relationship with Herod, "primarily denotes one nourished or brought up with another" (Vine's Expository Dictionary). The Revised Version says that Manaen was Herod's foster-brother. There is a Manahem (possibly the Hebrew form of Manaen) who Josephus, the Jewish historian, said predicted that Herod would become king. When the prophecy was fulfilled, Herod called for him and held him in high regard (The Antiquities of the Jews, Book 15, Chapter 10, Section 5).
Note 4 at Ac 13:1: This Herod the tetrarch is the Herod that was commonly called Herod Antipas (see note 3 at Lu 3:1). He was the one who married his brother Philip's wife and was rebuked for it by John the Baptist (Mt 14:3-4 and Mr 6:17-18). He killed John the Baptist and mocked Jesus just before His crucifixion (Lu 23:8-11).