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An island off the southwest coast of Asia Minor. During the Maccabean revolt, Lucius sent a letter prohibiting persecution of the Jews to several cities, including Cos (1 Macc 15:23). According to Acts, Paul’s ship stopped at Cos (Acts 21:1).
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COS (PLACE) [Gk Kō (Κω)]. Small island (approx. 80 stadia in circumference; Strabo 14.2.19) in the Aegean Sea, SW of Asia Minor, with a city by the same name. The Mycenaeans settled on Cos by 1425 b.c.e. and it was heavily populated, according to Homer (Iliad 2.184; 14.225; 1 Macc 15:23; Acts 21:1).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Cos. Island of the Sporades group in the Aegean, containing a city of the same name, located off the coast of Caria in Asia Minor. Cos was the apostle Paul’s first stop beyond Ephesus on his voyage to Jerusalem at the end of his third missionary tour (Acts 21:1, kjv Coos). In the Apocrypha, Cos and other
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
COS Island of the Sporades group in the Aegean, containing a city of the same name, located off the coast of Caria in Asia Minor. Cos was the apostle Paul’s first stop beyond Ephesus on his voyage to Jerusalem at the end of his third missionary tour (Acts 21:1, kjv “Coos”). In the Apocrypha, Cos and
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Cos (kohs), an island with a city of the same name in the Aegean Sea, southwest of Asia Minor, where Paul spent one night on his final journey to Jerusalem (Acts 21:1). Known for its ointment, purple dye, and excellent wine, it was a major shipping port. Under Ptolemaic rule in the third century bce,
island. A number of specific islands are referred to in the Bible.1 Arvad, in northern Phoenicia, an island-city located two miles offshore (Ezek. 27:8, 11).2 Cauda, a small island south of Crete where, according to Acts, Paul took refuge during a storm (27:13–17).3 Chios, an island off the northern
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The harbor at Coos. E.W. SaundersCOOS. An island off the coast of Asia Minor near the Province of Caria, 111 square miles in area. It was at the entrance to the Thermaic Gulf. The island is famous as a fertile place and as an emporium for various products and for banking. Coos (or cos) lay on the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
COS (Acts 21:1). A massive and mountainous island, one of the Sporades group, off the SW coast of Asia Minor, near Halicarnassus. It was colonized at an early period by Dorian Greeks, and achieved fame as the site of the medical school founded in the 5th century bc by Hippocrates, and again as a literary
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Cos (Gk. K̂s)An island in the Aegean Sea, SW of Asia Minor with a city of the same name as its major port. Flourishing as part of the trade routes, Cos was the birthplace of Hippocrates and featured a sanctuary of Asclepius and a medical school. A significant Jewish community existed on Cos. It was
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
COS A small island in the Aegean Sea, first settled by the Mycenaeans in the mid-fifteenth century b.c. The island figured in the events of the Maccabean War (1 Macc 15:23) and was mentioned once in the New Testament at Acts 21:1: following Paul’s third missionary journey, the apostle journeyed from
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Cos, or Co´os (now Stanchio or Stanko). This small island of the Grecian Archipelago has several interesting points of connection with the Jews. Herod the Great conferred many favors on the island. St. Paul, on the return from his third missionary journey, passed the night here, after sailing from Miletus.