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Also called Dysmas and referred to as Demas in the Narrative by Joseph of Arimathea. The name given in Catholic tradition to the penitent thief who was crucified alongside Jesus (Luke 23:40–43).
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Tyndale Bible Dictionary
DYSMAS* Name given to the repentant thief on the cross in apocryphal narratives based on Luke 23:39–43. Sources such as the Arabic Gospel of the Infancy and the Acts of Pilate contain fanciful accounts of earlier dealings between Christ and Dysmas. Patristic writers often commended the repentance of
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Dysmas (Gk. Dysmás)The unnamed penitent thief crucified with Jesus (Luke 23:39–43), according to early Christian apocryphal stories (cf. the Acts of Pilate). Legends grew that Dysmas (also called Dismas, Demas, Titus, and Zoathan) had defended Mary, Joseph, and Jesus on their trip to Egypt, and that
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dysmas [dĭzˊməs] (Gk. Dysmas).* The name (also Dismas, Demas, Titus) given by a number of apocryphal Gospels and Acts to the penitent criminal of Luke 23:40–43. Some of these accounts include stories of the kindness of Dysmas to the infant Jesus, the prophecy of the infant concerning the crucifixion
Catholic Bible Dictionary
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Dysmas diz’muhs (Δυσμᾶς). Also Dismas, Demas. A name given in later apocryphal accounts to the repentant thief described in Lk. 23:39–43. The Greek Acts of Pilate (9.5) uses it to name the thief on the right, while the unrepentant thief on the left is called Gestas. Syrian sources give the names as
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