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A king of Pergamum. One of the kings mentioned in 1 Macc 15:22 who received an edict from Rome supporting the Jews (Josephus, Antiquities 14.8.5).
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ATTALUS (PERSON) [Gk Attalos (Ἀτταλος)]. Attalus II, king of Pergamum (159–138 b.c.), son of Attalus I and brother of Eumenes II (1 Macc 15:22). He appears in a list of recipients of the letter sent by the consul Lucius endorsing the leadership of Simon. The letter stresses the renewal of friendship
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ATTALUS Name or title of several kings of Pergamum. The one who received a “letter of recommendation” for the Jews from the Roman consul Lucius (1 Macc 15:22) was probably Attalus II Philadelphus (reigned 159–138 bc). This Attalus was succeeded by his nephew Philometor Evergetes (reigned 138–133 bc),
Catholic Bible Dictionary
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Volumes I–III
A′TTALUS, literary. 1. A Stoic philosopher in the reign of Tiberius, who was defrauded of his property by Sejanus, and reduced to cultivate the ground. (Senec. Suas. 2. p. 17, ed. Bip.) He taught the philosopher Seneca (Ep. 108), who frequently quotes him, and speaks of him in the highest terms. (Comp.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Attalus at′uh-luhs (Ἄτταλος, meaning unknown). King of Pergamum. Attalus to whom the Romans wrote commending the Jews (1 Macc. 15:22) was probably Attalus II Philadelphus who reigned from 159 to 138 b.c., for there seems to be no good reason for doubting that the Roman decree belongs to the year 139
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ATTALUS at´uh-luhs [ 1Ἀτταλος Attalos]. The name of three kings of Pergamon. Attalus II Philadelphus (159–138 bce) promoted the Syrian pretender Alexander Balas (Diod. Sic. 31.32a) and is also a recipient of the letter sent by the Roman consul Lucius proclaiming the Roman alliance with Simon Maccabeus