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An Ammonite leader who fought against Judas Maccabeus and secured the fortress of Gazara (or “Jazer”). Chaereas and his brother Timotheus were captured and killed by Judas Maccabeus at Gazara (2 Macc 10:32–37).
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CHAEREAS (PERSON) [Gk Chaireas (Χαιρεας)]. Commander of the city of Gazara, brother of Timotheus (2 Macc 10:32, 37). It is reported that Chaereas was killed with Timotheus and Apollophanes when Judas Maccabeus burned Gazara (2 Macc 10:32–38). This would suggest that Timotheus attacked Judea and then
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Chaereas kihr′ee-uhs (Χαιρέας). An Ammonite commander stationed in Gazara (Gezer); he and his brother Timothy were defeated and killed by Judas Maccabee (2 Macc. 10:32–38; KJV, “Chereas”). The name Gazara may be a corruption for Jazer (cf. 1 Macc. 5:6–8; Jos. Ant. 12.8.1 §329; J. A. Goldstein, II Maccabees,
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CHAEREAS, kē′rē̇-as (Χαιρέας, Chairéas; AV Chereas): Brother of Timotheus, the Ammonite leader against Judas Maccabaeus (1 Macc 5:6). He held the fortress of Gazara (the “Jazer” of 1 Macc 5:8) to which Timotheus fled from Judas. The latter pursued him and captured the fortress after a vigorous siege.
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