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Aristarchus

Aristarchus [N] [H] [S]

best ruler, native of Thessalonica ( Acts 20:4 ), a companion of Paul ( Acts 19:29 ; 27:2 ). He was Paul's "fellow-prisoner" at Rome ( Colossians 4:10 ; Philemon 1:24 ).

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Aristarchus". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Aristarchus [N] [E] [S]

the best prince
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

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Bibliography Information

Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Aristarchus'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

Aristarchus [N] [E] [H]

(the best ruler ), a Thessalonian, ( Acts 20:4 ; 27:2 ) who accompanied St. Paul on his third missionary journey. ( Acts 19:29 ) He was with the apostle on his return to Asia, ( Acts 20:4 ) and again, Acts 27:2 on his voyage to Rome. We trace him afterwards as St. Pauls fellow prisoner in ( Colossians 4:10 ) and Phle 1:24 Tradition makes him bishop of Apamea.


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Aristarchus'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

ARISTARCHUS

ar-is-tar'-kus (Aristarchos, "best ruler"):

He was one of those faithful companions of the apostle Paul who shared with him his labors and sufferings. He is suddenly mentioned along with Gaius as having been seized by the excited Ephesians during the riot stirred up by the silversmiths (Acts 19:29). They are designated "men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel." We learn later that he was a native of Thessalonica (Acts 20:4; 27:2). They were probably seized to extract from them information about their leader Paul, but when they could tell nothing, and since they were Greeks, nothing further was done to them.

When Aristarchus attached himself to Paul we do not know, but he seems ever after the Ephesian uproar to have remained in Paul's company. He was one of those who accompanied Paul from Greece via Macedonia (Acts 20:4). Having preceded Paul to Troas, where they waited for him, they traveled with him to Palestine. He is next mentioned as accompanying Paul to Rome (Acts 27:2). There he attended Paul and shared his imprisonment. He is mentioned in two of the letters of the Roman captivity, in the Epistle to the church at Colossians 4:10, and in the Epistle to Phm (Philemon 1:24), in both of which he sends greetings. In the former Paul calls him "my fellow-prisoner." According to tradition he was martyred during the persecution of Nero.

S. F. Hunter


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'ARISTARCHUS'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.