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A Greek poet (315/310–240 bc) who wrote a work titled Phaenomena, the fifth line of which Paul quotes in Acts 17:28.
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ARATUS (PERSON). A Stoic poet of Soli in Cilicia (315–240 b.c.e.). A portion of the opening invocation to Zeus from his astronomical poem Phaenomena is quoted in the speech of Paul at the Areopagus (Acts 17:28): “For we are indeed his [God’s] offspring.” Phaenomena, Aratus’ only completely extant poem,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Aratus arʹə-təs [GK. Aretos]. A Stoic poet of Soli in Cilicia who died about 240 b.c. He wrote and taught under the patronage of Antigonus Gonatas, king of Macedonia, and Antiochus I of Syria. His most famous work—the only one extant in a complete form—is Phaenomena, a didactic poem about astronomy.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ARATUS* Greek poet (315?–245? bc). Born at Soli in Cilicia (region in Asia Minor), Aratus studied in Athens where he was influenced by Zeno, the father of Stoicism. Later, Aratus lived in the palace of Antigonus Gonatas of Macedonia and Antiochus I, king of Syria. Aratus’s only existing work is a poem
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