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Patriarchs, Testament of the Twelve
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(pat' muhss) A small island (ten miles by six miles) in the Aegean Sea located about thirty-seven miles southwest of Miletus. The Romans used such places for political exiles. John's mention of the island in Revelation 1:9 probably means that he was such a prisoner, having been sent there for preaching the gospel. Eusebius (an early church father) wrote that John was sent to Patmos by Emperor Domitian in A.D. 95 and released after 1 1/2 years. See Revelation.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Patmos'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​hbd/​p/patmos.html. 1991.
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