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A silversmith of shrines to honor Artemis in Ephesus; he started a riot against Paul because the gospel threatened his livelihood (Acts 19:24; Acts 19:38).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
DEMETRIUS (PERSON) [Gk Demetrios (Δεμετριος)]. 1. Demetrius Poliorcetes (336–283 b.c.e.) “the Besieger,” king of Macedon (293–288 b.c.e.). His father Antigonus, who was one of the Diodochi, had been satrap of Phrygia and was able to extend his power all the way to Media, so Demetrius saw himself as inheritor
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Demetrius. Name (“son of Demeter”) of five persons in biblical times: three Syrian kings and two NT figures.1. Successor to Antiochus V Eupator. Demetrius I was king (160–151 bc) when the Jewish uprising led by Judas Maccabeus was under way. He attempted several unsuccessful campaigns against the Jews
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
2. A silversmith of Ephesus who manufactured little silver shrines of the goddess Diana (Artemis) to sell to the visiting pilgrims (Acts 19:23–41). Because Paul’s teachings were injuring their trade Demetrius instigated a riot among the silversmiths. An inscription discovered among the city’s ruins mentions
Demetrius də-mēʹ-trē-əs [Gk. Dēmetrios—‘belonging to Demeter’]. A common Greek name used of three Seleucid kings of Syria.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
DEMETRIUS Name (“Son of Demeter”) of five persons in biblical times: three Syrian kings and two NT figures.1. Successor to Antiochus V Eupator. Demetrius I was king (160–151 bc) when the Jewish uprising led by Judas Maccabeus was under way. He attempted several unsuccessful campaigns against the Jews
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Demetrius (di-mee´tree-uhs).1 Demetrius I Soter, the son of Seleucus and king of Syria (162–150 bce). Raised as a hostage in Rome, he escaped, came to Phoenicia, killed Antiochus V, and established himself as king. He attempted to appease the Hasideans in ways that would undercut the independence movement
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DEMETRIUS. At least five persons bore this name in biblical times.1. Demetrius I, successor to Antiochus Epiphanes (162 b.c.), known for his intrigues, guile, and cruelty. In general he practiced repressive measures toward Jews in Palestine (1 Macc 10:1–21).2. Demetrius II, son of Demetrius I, who
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Demetrius (Gk. Dēmḗtrios)1. Demetrius Poliorcetes (338–283 b.c.e.), king of Macedonia and son of Antigonus I. He twice attempted to restore Alexander’s empire to a single ruler. In 307 he began to free Greece from Cassander’s control by seizing Athens. The next year he took Cyprus and seaports of
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Demetrius [dĭ mēˊtrĭ əs] (Gk. Dēmētrios “follower of [the goddess] Demeter”).†
Catholic Bible Dictionary
DEMETRIUS The name of two men in the New Testament.1. A silversmith in Ephesus who earned his living by making small silver models of the temple of Artemis at Ephesus (Acts 19:24). As his trade was threatened by the preaching of Paul, who was converting the people to Christianity, he instigated a riot
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church