Bible Names A-G: Demetrius
Demetrius I Soter in Wikipedia
(Greek: Δημήτριος Α`, c. 187 BC - 150 BC), surnamed Soter
(Greek: Σωτήρ - "Savior"), was a ruler of the Hellenistic
Seleucid Empire. He had been sent to Rome as a hostage
during the reign of his father, Seleucus IV Philopator.
After his father's death in 175 BC, Antiochus IV Epiphanes
took advantage of Demetrius' captivity to seize the throne.
Demetrius escaped from confinement and established himself
on the Syrian throne (162 BC) after overthrowing and
murdering King Antiochus V Eupator, his cousin. See Appian,
Roman History: Syrian Wars 8.46.
Demetrius acquired his surname of Soter, or Saviour, from
the Babylonians, whom he delivered from the tyranny of the
Median satrap, Timarchus. Timarchus, who had distinguished
himself by defending Media against the emergent Parthians,
seems to have treated Demetrius' accession as an excuse to
declare himself an independent king and extend his realm
into Babylonia. His forces were however not enough for the
legal Seleucid king: Demetrius defeated and killed Timarchus
in 160 BCE, and dethroned Ariarathes, king of Cappadocia.
The Seleucid empire was temporarily united again.
Demetrius is famous in Jewish history for his victory over
Demetrius' downfall is attributed to Heracleides, a
surviving brother of the defeated rebel Timarchus, who
championed the cause of Alexander Balas, a boy he claimed
was a natural son of Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Heracleides
convinced the Roman Senate to support the young pretender
against Demetrius, who was defeated and killed in 150 BC.
Demetrius in Easton's Bible Dictionary
(1.) A silversmith at Ephesus, whose chief occupation was to
make "silver shrines for Diana" (q.v.), Acts
either of the temple of Diana or of the statue of
This trade brought to him and his fellow-craftsmen
gain," for these shrines found a ready sale among
thousands who came to this temple from all parts of
This traffic was greatly endangered by the progress
gospel, and hence Demetrius excited the tradesmen
the manufacture of these shrines, and caused so
great a tumult
that "the whole city was filled with confusion."
(2.) A Christian who is spoken of as having "a good
all men, and of the truth itself" (3 John 1:12).
Demetrius in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. A maker of silver portable models of the great temple and
statue of Artemis (Diana) at Ephesus (Acts 19:24). They were
kept as amulets against danger. Demetrius and his fellow
craftsmen, in fear for their gains, raised a tumult against
Paul as saying "they be no gods which are made with hands."
Like many men he made regard for religion his plea, while
really having an eye to self; "not only this our craft is in
danger to be set at nought, but also that the temple of the
great goddess Diana should be despised and her magnificence
destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth." A
religious party cry is sure to rouse many who care little at
heart about piety. It shows how soon Christianity,
notwithstanding its seeming weakness, was felt as a mighty
power threatening pagandom with all its then greatness.
2. A Christian "having good report of all men, and of
the truth itself," and of John (3 John 1:12). The gospel
standard of truth witnessed his conformity to it in love and
good works; a transparently real Christian.
Demetrius in Hitchcock's Bible Names
belonging to corn
Demetrius in Naves Topical Bible
1. A silversmith, noted for raising a riot
-2. A Christian mentioned in
Demetrius in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(belonging to Ceres).
1. A maker of silver shrines of Artemis at Ephesus. Ac
19:24 (about A.D. 52). These were small models of the great
temple of the Ephesian Artemis, with her statue, which it was
customary to carry on journeys, and place on houses as charms.
2. A disciple, 3Jo 1:12 mentioned with commendation
(about A.D. 90). Possibly the first Demetrius,converted; but
this is very doubtful.
Demetrius in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
de-me'-tri-us (Demetrios, "of" or "belonging to Demeter," an
ordinary name in Greece):
(1) Demetrius I, surnamed Soter ("saviour"), was the son of
Seleucus IV (Philopator). He was sent as a boy to Rome, by his
father, to serve as a hostage, and remained there quietly
during his father's life. He was detained also during the
reign of his uncle, ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES (which see) from 175
to 164 BC; but when Antiochus died Demetrius, who was now a
young man of 23 (Polyb. xxxi.12), chafed at a longer
detention, particularly as his cousin, Antiochus Eupator, a
boy of 9, succeeded to the kingdom with Lysias as his
guardian. The Roman Senate, however, refused to listen to his
plea for the restoration to Syria, because, as Polybius says,
they felt surer of their power over Syria with a mere boy as
Demetrius Scripture - 3 John 1:12
Demetrius hath good report of all [men], and of the truth
itself: yea, and we [also] bear record; and ye know that our
record is true.
Demetrius Scripture - Acts 19:24
For a certain [man] named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made
silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the
Demetrius Scripture - Acts 19:38
Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him,
have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are
deputies: let them implead one another.
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