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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
AREOPAGUS (PLACE) [Gk ho Areios pagos (ὁ Ἁρειος παγος)]. The Areopagus, or Mars’ Hill, was one of the more prominent topographical features of ancient Athens. It reaches a height of 377 ft. and appears to have received its name from an association with Ares, the Greek god of war, though some moderns
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Areopagus. Hill northwest of the Acropolis in Athens overlooking the marketplace (Acts 17:19). “Areopagus” also refers to the Athenian council or court that met there. The irregular limestone outcropping was also known as Mars Hill, Mars being the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Ares. Paul was taken
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Areopagus ar-ē-opʹə-gəs [GK. Areios Pagos] (Acts 17:19, 22); AV MARS’ HILL (v 22); NEB “Court of Areopagus.” A hill NW of the Acropolis in ATHENS.There are two traditions as to how the hill got its name. According to one, it was named for Ares the god of War, who was put on trial there for the slaying
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
AREOPAGUS* Hill northwest of the Acropolis in Athens overlooking the marketplace (Acts 17:19). “Areopagus” also refers to the Athenian council or court that met there. The irregular limestone outcropping was also known as Mars Hill, Mars being the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Ares. Paul was taken
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Areopagus (air´ee-op´uh-guhs; Gk., “hill of Ares”), a low hill in Athens northwest of the acropolis. The hill had stone seats for the council that met there, the origins of which went back to the advisory council of Athenian kings. In the book of Acts, Paul is brought to the Areopagus by Epicurean and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
AREOPAGUS. Philosophers of Athens brought Paul to the Areopagus to hear an explanation of his teachings. Areopagus (Acts 17:19) is the equivalent of Mars Hill (Acts 17:22), for Mars was the Roman name for the god of war and Ares the Gr. name. Actually Areopagus could signify a 377-foot hill in Athens
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
AREOPAGUS (Gk. Areios pagos, ‘the hill of Ares’, the Greek god of war, corresponding to the Roman Mars).1. A little hill NW of the Acropolis in Athens, called ‘Mars’ hill’ in Acts 17:22 (av).2. The Council of the Areopagus, so called because the hill of Ares was its original meeting-place. In NT times,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Areopagite (Gk. Areopagɩ́tēs)A member of the prestigious Athenian council which held its sessions at or near the Areopagus. Dionysius, one of Paul’s converts, was an Areopagite (Acts 17:34).
Areopagus (Gk. Áreios págos) (also MARS HILL)A rocky hill ca. 115 m. (377 ft.) high, near the Acropolis and Agora in Athens, whose name was derived from the Greek god of war Ares (also called Mars Hill after the Roman Mars). Areopagus also refers to the council that once met on the above- named hill.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Areopagite [ărˊĭ ŏpˊə jīt] (Gk. Areopagitēs). A member of the prestigious Athenian court which held its sessions at or near the Areopagus. Dionysius, one of Paul’s converts, was an Areopagite (Acts 17:34).
Areopagus [ărˊĭ ŏpˊə gəs] (Gk. Areios Pagos, either “hill of Ares” [cf. KJV “Mars’ hill”] or “hill of Arai [or curses]”). A small, barren, limestone hill at Athens, northwest of the Acropolis, to which a stairway hewn out of the rock led from the marketplace. It was on this hill, on a terrace,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
AREOPAGUS (Greek, “hill of Ares”) A hill in Athens northwest of the Acropolis upon which the Athenian supreme council held its deliberations; the name was also used for the council itself. According to Acts 17:19, Paul was brought before the Areopagus by Epicurean and Stoic philosophers, although it
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Areopagus (Gk., Ἄρειος πάγος, ‘Mars’ Hill’), a spur jutting out and separated by a short saddle from the western end of the Acropolis, Athens, prob. so called from a myth that Mars had here cleared himself of the murder of Halirrhothius, the son of Neptune. The name Areopagus was also applied to an