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Bacchus
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The Roman deity of wine and ecstasy, worshiped throughout the Hellenistic world before the New Testament era under the name Dionysus. Festivals honoring Bacchus were often secret and degenerated into orgies of drunkenness and immorality. Bacchus is not mentioned in the Bible except in theophoric names, but Dionysus is described in the deuterocanonical book of 2 Maccabees as a Hellenistic deity that the Jews were forced to honor (2 Maccabees 6:7; 14:33).(For more information, see these articles: Dionysus; Hellenistic Religions; Mystery Religions; Roman Religions and the Imperial Cult.)
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bacchus
Bacchus (Βάκχος, Bakchos). The Roman deity of wine and ecstasy, worshiped throughout the Hellenistic world before the New Testament era under the name Dionysus. Festivals honoring Bacchus were often secret and degenerated into orgies of drunkenness and immorality. Bacchus is not mentioned in the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bacchus
Bacchus bakʹəs [GK. Dionysos, later Bakchos]. The Greek and Roman god of wine, whose rites in the pre-Christian era were synonymous with drunkenness and immorality. His worship was probably introduced into Egypt under Ptolemy Philopator (227–204 b.c.). Antiochus IV Epiphanes, endeavoring to hellenize
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Bacchus
BACCHUS ΒάκχοςI. Bacchus is the form the Greek →Dionysus took in Rome. The name derives from the Greek epithet Βάκχος which denoted both the ecstatic Dionysus and his follower (fem. βάκχη). The epiclesis denoted a fundamental cultic aspect of the Greek god which had become prominent in Roman cult
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BACCHUS
BACCHUS<bak’-us> [Διόνυσος, Dionusos]; later [Βάκχος, Bakchos], the Feast of Bacchus; [Διονύσια, Dionusia]: The god of wine. His worship had extended over the whole Greek and Roman world centuries before the Christian era, and had degenerated into an orgy of drunkenness and unnamable immoralities,
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Bacchus
Bacchus [wine]. In Roman mythology the god of wine. He is represented as a beautiful youth with black eyes, golden locks, flowing with curls about his shoulders and filleted with ivy. In peace his robe was purple, in war he was covered with a panther’s skin. His chariot was drawn by panthers.The famous
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Volumes I–III
ADONEUS
ADO′NEUS (Ἀδωνεύς). 1. A surname of Bacchus, signifies the Ruler. (Auson. Epigr. xxix. 6.)2. Adoneus is sometimes used by Latin poets for Adonis. (Plaut. Menaech. i. 2. 35; Catull. xxix. 9.)[L. S.]
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Bacchus
Bacchus bak′uhs (Βάκχος). The Greek god of wine, originally known as Dionysus.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Bacchus
BACCHUS, bakʹus (Διόνυσος, Diónusos; later Βάκχος, the Feast of Bacchus; Διονύσια, Dionúsia): The god of wine. His worship had extended over the whole Gr and Rom world cents, before the Christian era, and had degenerated into an orgy of drunkenness and unnamable immoralities, possibly under the influence
All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
Bacchus
Bacchus [bak-us]: Latin name of the Greek god Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry (2 Macc. 6:7)