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Tetrarch of Abilene, the district round Abila, in the 15th year of Tiberius' reign. It is not the elder Lysanias, who died 34 B.C. (Josephus, B. J. 1:13, section 1; Ant. 14:7, section 4; 15:4, section 1; 18:6, section 10; 19:5, section 1; B. J. 2:12, section 8), and never ruled Abilene, but his son, who is meant by Luke 3:1. An inscription found near Baalbek on a memorial tablet to "Zenodorus, son of the tetrarch Lysanias, and to Lysanias her children" by the widow of the first and mother of the second Lysanias proves Luke's accuracy, which had been doubted because no proof was found of the existence of a second Lysanias.

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Fausset, Andrew Robert M.A., D.D., "Definition for 'lysanias' Fausset's Bible Dictionary". - Fausset's; 1878.

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