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Lasthenes
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A high official under the Seleucid king Demetrius II Nicator (1 Maccabees 11:31). Lasthenes and Jonathan Maccabeus received a letter from the king in which Lasthanes was honorifically called “kinsman” and “father” (1 Maccabees 11:30–37). Lasthenes was a Creatan who was loyal to Demetrius and who aided him by bringing mercenary soldiers from Crete when Demetius was on his way to Cilcia (Josephus, Antiquities, 13.4.3.86).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Lasthenes
Lasthenes (Λασθένης, Lasthenēs). A high official under the Seleucid king Demetrius II Nicator (1 Maccabees 11:31). Lasthenes and Jonathan Maccabeus received a letter from the king in which Lasthanes was honorifically called “kinsman” and “father” (1 Maccabees 11:30–37). Lasthenes was a Creatan who was
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Lasthenes (Person)
LASTHENES (PERSON) [Gk Lasthenēs (Λασθενης)]. A native of Crete who became a high official under Demetrius II Nicator, a Seleucid king. Josephus informs us that Lasthenes served as this king’s mercenary chief in Crete during the latter’s accession (Ant 13.4.3.86), which he ultimately realized with a
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Lasthenes
Lasthenes lasʹthə-nēz [Gk. Lasthenēs]. A high official under the Seleucid king Demetrius II Nicator. He is called the king’s “kinsman” (AV “cousin”) and “father” (1 Macc. 11:31f.; Josephus Ant. xiii.4.9 [127]), but these are court titles not denoting blood relationship. According to Josephus (Ant.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Lasthenes
Lasthenes (Gk. Lasthenēs)A Cretan who furnished Demetrius II with mercenaries in his struggle with Alexander Balas for the Seleucid throne (Josephus Ant. 13.4.3 [86]). In return, Demetrius gave Lasthenes a prominent position in the kingdom, perhaps the governorship of Coele-syria or chief minister.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Lasthenes
Lasthenes [lăsˊthə nēz] (Gk. Lasthenēs). A highly regarded official (perhaps a chief minister; cf. Diodorus Siculus Hist. xxxiii.4) under the Seleucid king Demetrius II Nicator, perhaps governor of Coele-Syria contemporary with the Hasmonean Jonathan. A Cretan, he had gathered mercenary troops
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Lasthenes
LASTHENES A Cretan who was an official under the Seleucid king Demetrius II Nicator during the time of Jonathan the high priest (1 Macc 11:20–37).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
LASTHENES
LASTHENES<las’-the-nez> ([Λασθένης, Lasthenes]): A highly placed official under King Demetrius II, Nicator. He is called the king’s “kinsman” (the King James Version “cousin”) and “father” (1 Macc 11:31, 32; Josephus, Ant, XIII, iv, 9), but these are to be taken as court titles rather than
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Volumes I–III
LASTHENES
LA′STHENES (Λασθένης). 1. An Olynthian, who, together with Euthycrates, is accused by Demosthenes of having betrayed his country to Philip of Macedon, by whom he had been bribed. It appears that he was appointed to command the cavalry belonging to Olynthus in b. c. 348, when Philip directed his arms
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Lasthenes
Lasthenes las’thuh-neez (Λασθενής). A prominent official under Demetrius II Nicator in the 1st cent. B.C.; perhaps governor of Coelesyria. Josephus (Ant. 13.4.3 §86) refers to him as a Cretan and says that he had provided many mercenaries for Demetrius at the very important time c. 147 B.C., when the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Lasthenes
LASTHENES, lasʹthe-nēz (Λασθένης, Lasthénēs): A highly placed official under King Demetrius II, Nicator. He is called the king’s “kinsman” (AV “cousin”) and “father” (1 Macc 11:31, 32; Jos, Ant, XIII, iv, 9), but these are to be taken as court titles rather than as denoting blood-relationship. According
All the People in the Bible: An A–Z Guide to the Saints, Scoundrels, and Other Characters in Scripture
Lasthenes
Lasthenes [las-thuh-nēz] (ΛασΘένης, meaning unclear, possibly “Powerful”): governor of Syria in the time of Jonathan the Hasmonean (1 Macc. 11:32)
Lasthenes
LasthenesLasthenes was the governor of Coele-Syria in the time of the Maccabees. Flavius Josephus identifies him as a Cretan and says that he brought mercenary soldiers to the Seleucid emperor Demetrius I Soter.When Demetrius recognized the government of Jonathan Maccabeus, Jonathan was given a letter
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
LASTHENES
LASTHENES las´thuh-neez [Λασθένης Lasthenēs]. A Cretan official of significant rank (perhaps that of governor) under the reign of the Seleucid king Demetrius II Nicator. Lasthenes is mentioned as the recipient of a letter of Demetrius concerning Jews, a copy of which Demetrius sent to Jonathan (1 Macc
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