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Bible Encyclopedias

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Friends; Chief Friends

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(οἱ φίλοι πρῶτοι , hoı̀ phı́loi prō̇toi ): Expressions used in 1 and 2 Macc to designate the favored courtiers of the Antiochi. Mattathias is promised enrollment among the king's Friends, to tempt him to apostatize (1 Macc 2:18); Alexander Balas writes Jonathan among his Chief Friends (1 Macc 10:65). Compare also 1 Macc 3:38; 6:10, 14; 10:60; 11:26, 27; 2 Macc 8:9.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Friends; Chief Friends'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/f/friends-chief-friends.html. 1915.

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