lysanias Summary and Overview
Bible Dictionaries at a Glance
lysanias in Easton's Bible Dictionary
tetrarch of Abilene (Luke 3:1), on the eastern slope of
Anti-Lebanon, near the city of Damascus.
lysanias in Smith's Bible Dictionary
(that drives away sorrow), mentioned by St. Luke in one of his chronological passages, ch. #Lu 3:1| as being tetrarch. of Abilene (i.e. the district round Abila) in the thirteenth year of Tiberius (A.D. 26), at the time when Herod Antipas was tetrarch of Galilee and Herod Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and Trachonitis.
lysanias in Schaff's Bible Dictionary
lysanias in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
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.