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Aretas

The Bible

Bible Usage:

Dictionaries:

  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: Yes
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: No
  • Included in Websters: No
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: Yes
  • Included in BDB: No

Strongs Concordance:

 

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Aretas

The father-in-law of Herod Antipas, and king of Arabia Petraea. His daughter returned to him on the occasion of her husband's entering into an adulterous alliance with Herodias, the wife of Herod-Philip, his half-brother (Luke 3:19, 20; Mark 6:17; Matthew 14:3). This led to a war between Aretas and Herod Antipas. Herod's army was wholly destroyed (A.D. 36). Aretas, taking advantage of the complications of the times on account of the death of the Emperor Tiberius (A.D. 37), took possession of Damascus (2 Corinthians 11:32; comp. Acts 9:25). At this time Paul returned to Damascus from Arabia.


Hitchcock's Names Dictionary
Aretas

agreeable, virtuous


Naves Topical Index
Aretas

A ruler of Syria.
2 Corinthians 11:32


Smith's Bible Dictionary
Aretas, or Aretas

(graver).

  1. A contemporary of Antiochus Epiphanes, B.C. 170, and Jason. 2 Macc. 5.8.
  2. The Aretas alluded to by St. Paul (2 Corinthians 11:32) was father-in-law of Herod Antipas.