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Greek: Ζεύς —transliteration: Zeus

also known as: Jupiter Olympus, Zeus, king of the gods, god of the sky, king in heaven, Baal Shamen (“lord of heaven”), Abrettenus (Ἀβρεττηνός, Abretanus), Achad, Acraeus, Acrettenus, Adad, Aleios, Astrapios (“Lightninger”), Brontios (“Thunderer”), Diktaios, Ithomatas, and Hetareios

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Ruins of the Temple of Zeus in Aizanoi, Turkey

This is the principal deity of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

This false god was worshipped by them under various names.

There was a temple dedicated to this god outside the gates of Lystra (Acts 14:13).

“And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said,

Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?” —Acts 19:35 KJV

Sons of Zeus/Jupiter included Castor and Pollux, and many others.

Barnabas was wrongly identified with this god by the Lycaonians (Acts 14:12), because he had a stately and commanding presence, as they supposed Jupiter would have.

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Article Version: June 30, 2021