What does Patmos mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
πάτμῳ a rugged and bare island in the Aegean Sea. 1

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   1 a rugged and bare island in the Aegean Sea.
   Additional Information: Patmos = “my killing”.

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People's Dictionary of the Bible - Patmos
Patmos (păt'mos). Revelation 1:9. A little ragged island in the Ægean Sea, 24 miles west of Asia Minor. It is from 15 to 25 miles in circumference, and is very rocky and barren. The barrenness of the island made it a suitable spot for the banishment of Roman criminals. To it the apostle John was banished by the emperor Domitian, a.d. 95. Its rocky solitude well suited the sublime nature of the Revelation.
Holman Bible Dictionary - Patmos
(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.
Easton's Bible Dictionary - Patmos
A small rocky and barren island, one of the group called the "Sporades," in the AEgean Sea. It is mentioned in Scripture only in Revelation 1:9 . It was on this island, to which John was banished by the emperor Domitian (A.D. 95), that he received from God the wondrous revelation recorded in his book. This has naturally invested it with the deepest interest for all time. It is now called Patmo. (See JOHN .)
Hitchcock's Bible Names - Patmos
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Patmos
An island to which John was banished by one of the Roman emperors, and where he received the Revelation. Revelation 1:9 . It is a rocky island in the Ægean Sea, about 37 15' N, and is peculiarly rugged, bare, and desolate. On the hill to the south is a monastery called 'John the Divine.' In the ascent is a cave or grotto in which John is said to have written the Revelation.
Fausset's Bible Dictionary - Patmos
Revelation 1:9. One of the Sporades. A small rugged island of the Icarian Sea, part of the Aegean; 20 miles S. of Samos, 24 W. of Asia Minor, 25 in circumference. The scene of John's banishment (by Domitian), where he "was in the Spirit on the Lord's day." The rocky solitude suited the sublime nature of the Revelation. On a hill in the southern half of the island is the monastery of John the divine, and the traditional grotto of his receiving the Apocalypse. In the middle ages called Palmosa from its palms; now there is but one, and the island has resumed its old name Patmo or Patino. It is unvisited by Turks, without any mosque, and saddled with moderate tribute, free from piracy, slavery, and any police but their own.
Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Patmos
a small rocky island in the AEgean Sea, about eighteen miles in circumference; which, on account of its dreary and desolate character, was used by the Roman emperors as a place of confinement for criminals. To this island St. John was banished by the Emperor Domitian; and here he had his revelation, recorded in the Apocalypse.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Patmos
An island of the Aeagean sea, to which the apostle and evangelist John was banished by Domitian, A. D. 95, Revelation 1:9 . It is a rocky and desolate island, about twenty-eight miles in circumference, with a bold and deeply indented shore; and was used by the Romans as a place of banishment for many criminals. It lies between Samos and Naxos, about forty miles west by south from the promontory of Miletus; and contains at present some four thousand inhabitants, mostly Greeks. Its principal port is a deep bay on the northeast side; the town lying on a high and steep hill, the summit of which is crowned by the old and castle-like monastery of St. John. Half way down the hill is a natural grotto, now covered by a Greek chapel, school, etc. In this cave, over-looking the sea and its islands towards his beloved Ephesus, tradition says that John saw and recorded his prophetic visions. The island is now called Patino; and the port Patmo, or San Giovanni di Patino.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Patmos
PATMOS. An island W, of Caria, now called Patino , with an area of 16 sq. miles and a population of about 4000. In the Middle Ages its palms gained for it the title of Palmosa, but it is no longer fertile. Its Cyclopean remains show that it was very early inhabited. It is the traditional place to which St. John was banished by Domitian, and in which he wrote the Apocalypse ( Revelation 1:3 ). The ‘Cave of the Apocalypse’ is still shown in which the Apostle is said to have seen the visions. The chief remaining interest of the island is the monastery of St. John, founded in the 11th century. It once contained a valuable library, from which was purchased in 1814 the 9th cent. Plato now in the Bodleian.
A. E. Hillard.
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Patmos
An island in the Ægean Sea, where the beloved apostle John was banished. (Revelation 1:9)
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Patmos
Patmos, one of the group of islands named the Sporades, lies in that part of the aegean Sea which the Greeks called the Icarian, and is visible on the right as one sails from Samos to Cos. It is a volcanic island, bare and rocky, 10 miles long from N. to S., and 6 miles wide at the northern end. Its hills command a magnificent view of the surrounding sea and islands. At its centre, where it narrows to an isthmus, between the bay of Scala on the E. and that of Merika on the W., are found the remains of an ancient Hellenic town, which prove that the island was once populous; and the name of ‘Palmosa,’ which it bore in the Middle Ages, points to another time of prosperity; but Turkish rule has had its usual blighting effect. To-day ‘the isle’ has 4,000 Greek inhabitants, who are mostly sponge-fishers. The modern town stands on a hilltop, 800 ft. above sea-level, in the southern half of the island. It clusters about the Monastery of St. John-founded by St. Christodulus in a.d. 1088, on the site of an old temple-which has lost most of the treasures of its once valuable library, including the 9th cent. edition of Plato, now in the Bodleian. Monastic piety shows the place where the Revelation was written by St. John, and halfway down the hill is a grotto (τὸ σπήλαιον τῆς Ἀποκαλύψεως) the rocks of which are said to have been cleft by the Divine voice.
More important are the internal indications that the book was written amid the sights and sounds of the infinite sea. It has the word θάλασσα 25 times, and it is full of the clashing of waves. No fitter scene could be found for the composition of the Apocalypse than the traditional one, and, if there were any reason to question the story of the author’s banishment to the island, one would have to say, ‘si non è vero, è ben trovato.’ Nowhere is ‘the voice of many waters’ more musical than in Patmos; nowhere does the rising and setting sun make a more splendid ‘sea of glass mingled with fire’; yet nowhere is the longing more natural that the separating sea-the oceanus dissociabilis of Horace (Od. I. iii. 22)-should be no more.
Small and inhospitable islands were often used as places of banishment (relegatio) in the 1st cent. (Pliny, HN_ IV. xii. 23; Tac. Ann. iii. 68, iv. 30, xv. 71). According to Eusebius (HE_ iii. 18), Jerome (de Vir. Illustr. 9), and others, St. John was exiled to Patmos under Domitian in a.d. 95, and released about 18 months afterwards under Nerva. W. M. Ramsay thinks that, as St. John was not a first-class prisoner, he must have been condemned not only to banishment but to hard labour for life (The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, 1904, p. 82 ff.). At any rate, St. John was in Patmos ‘for (διά) the word of God’ (Revelation 1:9). The meaning of the phrase is much disputed, some holding that it expresses the human cause, others the over-ruling Divine purpose, of his exile. He was banished either because of his loyalty to truth already revealed, or for the reception of truth about to be revealed. The former interpretation probably gives the writer’s real meaning, but the latter (preferred by B. Weiss and others) contains a thought well worth expressing. While the authorities of Ephesus, moved perhaps by some mysterious impulse to spare the saint’s life, transported him to the lonely island in order that the city might be freed from his too insistent word and testimony, he was providentially taken into a retreat where he was beside ‘the deep sea and the mighty things.’ The story of his exile is outlined in two phrases: ‘I was in the isle … I was in the Spirit’ (Revelation 1:9-10). The realism was transfigured, and in that aegean where aeschylus heard ποντίων κυμάτων ἀνήριθμον γέλασμα (Prom. 89 f.), St. John listened to ‘the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters’ (Revelation 19:6).
Literature.-L. Ross, Reisen auf den griéchischen Inseln des ägäischen Meeres, Halle, 1840-1845; V. Guérin, Description de l’ile de Patmos et de l’ile de Samos, Paris, 1856; H. F. Tozer, Islands of the aegean, London, 1890, pp. 178-195.
James Strahan.

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Seven Churches in Asia - They are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamus, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea, mentioned in Apocalypse, 1-3, where Saint John, on the island of Patmos, was commanded to send to their bishops instructions and admonitions, in which the Church is praised or blamed with reference to past trials and told of a greater one to come in connection with the coming of Christ
Patmos - Patmos (păt'mos)
Patmos - Eusebius (an early church father) wrote that John was sent to Patmos by Emperor Domitian in A
Apocalypse - John, in the isle of Patmos, near the close of the first century, forming the last book of the New Testament
Pat'Mos, - Patmos is divided into two nearly equal parts, a northern and a southern, by a very narrow isthmus where, on the east side are the harbor and the town
Patmos - (Πάτμος)...
Patmos, one of the group of islands named the Sporades, lies in that part of the aegean Sea which the Greeks called the Icarian, and is visible on the right as one sails from Samos to Cos. ’ Nowhere is ‘the voice of many waters’ more musical than in Patmos; nowhere does the rising and setting sun make a more splendid ‘sea of glass mingled with fire’; yet nowhere is the longing more natural that the separating sea-the oceanus dissociabilis of Horace (Od. John was exiled to Patmos under Domitian in a. John was in Patmos ‘for (διά) the word of God’ (Revelation 1:9). Guérin, Description de l’ile de Patmos et de l’ile de Samos, Paris, 1856; H
Caesar - John's exile to Patmos (Revelation 1:9) was probably in Domitian's reign
Patmos - Patmos
Prochorus, a Deacon - Here he takes service in a public bath; restores to life the owner's son, who has been slain by a demon, destroys the image of Diana (Artemis) and expels the demon which had harboured there; is banished himself, but soon returns to be again exiled to Patmos by command of the emperor. After a residence in Patmos of 15 years he has converted almost the whole island. Receiving permission to return to Ephesus, he first retires to a solitary place in the island (κατάπαυσις ) and there dictates his gospel to Prochoros, and when finished leaves it behind as a memorial of his work in Patmos. Its purpose seems to be to supplement the Ephesian histories of the apostle which already existed in a Catholic recession by a detailed account of his deeds and adventures in Patmos. He takes no notice of the Apocalypse, and, in opposition to the older tradition, places the composition of the gospel in Patmos
John the Evangelist, Saint - Exiled to Patmos, he wrote the Apocalypse or Revelation there; after his return to Ephesus he wrote his Gospel and Epistles
Evangelist, John the, Saint - Exiled to Patmos, he wrote the Apocalypse or Revelation there; after his return to Ephesus he wrote his Gospel and Epistles
Nerva, Roman Emperor - John was recalled from his exile in Patmos (Eus
Revela'Tion of st. John, - He is in Patmos for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Eusebius also records that, in the persecution under Domitian, John the apostle and evangelist was banished to the Island Patmos for his testimony of the divine word. There is no mention in any writer of the first three centuries of any other time or place, and the style in which the messages to the Seven Churches are delivered rather suggests the notion that the book was written in Patmos
John the Apostle - He was afterwards banished to the Isle of Patmos, probably under the emperor Nero or Domitian; it is not known with certainty which, nor at what date
Ephesus - Here the apostle John is said to have spent the latter part of his life, and written his gospel and epistles; and having penned Christ's message to them in the isle of Patmos, to have returned and died among them
Island - Patmos is an island off the coast of Ionia west of Samos (Revelation 1:9 )
Brass - John in Patmos
Apocalypse - It was written either during the persecution of Nero (54-68) or of Domitian (90-94), during Saint John's exile at Patmos, to encourage the persecuted Christians by foretelling the fall of Rome as an anti-Christian power and the trials but complete victory of the Church
Apocalypse - John had in the isle of Patmos, whither he had been banished. John was banished to Patmos in the latter part of the reign of Domitian, and he returned to Ephesus immediately after the death of that emperor, which happened in the year 96; and as the Apostle states, that these visions appeared to him while he was in that island, we may consider this book as written in the year 95 or 96
Apocalypse - Signifies revelation, but is particularly referred to the revelations which John had in the isle of Patmos, whither he was banished by Domitian
John the Baptist - John informs us, in his Revelations, that he was banished to Patmos, an island in the AEgean Sea, Revelation 1:9 . ...
This banishment of the Apostle to the isle of Patmos is mentioned by many of the early ecclesiastical writers; all of whom, except Epiphanius in the fourth century, agree in attributing it to Domitian. Sir Isaac Newton was of opinion that John was banished to Patmos in the time of Nero; but even the authority of this great man is not of sufficient weight against the unanimous voice of antiquity. He planted churches at Smyrna, Pergamos, and many other places; and by his activity and success in propagating the Gospel, he is supposed to have incurred the displeasure of Domitian, who banished him to Patmos at the end of his reign. He himself tells us that he "was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ;" and Irenaeus, speaking of the vision which he had there, says, "It is not very long ago that it was seen, being but a little before our time, at the latter end of Domitian's reign. John's exile in Patmos; the first, to the Ephesian church; the others to individuals; and that they were sent alone with the Gospel, which the Apostle is supposed also to have written in Patmos
Sabbath - It was upon the Lord's day—and by this name he calls it—that John on Patmos saw through the opened door into heaven
John - He suffered under persecution, and was banished to Patmos (1:9); whence he again returned to Ephesus, where he died, probably about A
John the Apostle - He was banished for a time to the isle of Patmos
John the Apostle - It seems also that he was imprisoned on Patmos, an island off the coast from Ephesus, from where the book of Revelation was written (Revelation 1:9)
Revelation of John, the - 6:13), refers to the 24 elders' seats mentioned in Revelation (Revelation 4:5) by John, also (Quis Dives Salvus? section 42) John's return to Ephesus from Patmos on the Roman emperor's death. 16:6) he quotes 1 John 5:4-5 and observes "John seems to have beheld the Apocalypse in the isle of Patmos. The writer's addresses to the seven churches of proconsular Asia accord with the tradition that after John's return from Patmos at Domitian's death he lived for long in Nerva's reign, and died at Ephesus in Trajan's time (Eusebius, H. Victorinus says he had to labor in the mines of Patmos. (See Patmos
Church: Her Glory in Tribulation - ' It was a fair vision to gaze upon, and reminded us 'of the mystic rainbow, which the seer of Patmos beheld, which was round about the throne, for it strikes us that it was seen by John as a complete circle, of which we see but the half on earth; the upper arch of manifest glory we rejoice to gaze upon, but the lower and foundation arch of the eternal purpose, upon which the visible display of grace is founded, is reserved for our contemplation in another world
Asia - 27); but the Troad and the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Patmos, and Cos should be added
Feet (2) - And in the Book of Revelation, when the heavenly Jesus appears to the seer of Patmos, the place of His feet has been made glorious (cf
Domitianus, the Emperor - John's presence at Rome, and of his being thrown, before the Porta Latina, at the command of the emperor, into a cauldron of boiling oil, and then banished to Patmos
Nerva - It is highly probable also that the apostle John was automatically released from confinement in Patmos, as the death of Domitian of necessity constituted his acta null and void (Eus
Revelation, the Book of - He was a “fellow partaker in the tribulation” which is “in Jesus,” who, because of his testimony to Jesus, was exiled to the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9 NAS). John's Vision on the Island of Patmos (Revelation 11:7 )...
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John's Vision on the Island of Patmos (1:9-20) While in exile on Patmos, John saw the risen Lord (Revelation 2:13 )
John the Apostle - 95) John was banished to Patmos (Revelation 1:9; Revelation 1:11). Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ
Sabbath - Thus John, when speaking of those revelations made to him by the Lord Jesus in the Isle of Patmos, saith that he was in the Spirit on the Lord's day
John - Its author claims to be “John,” it is associated with Patmos and Ephesus, and in tone it fits the character of the apostle who was called “Boanerges. ...
The Acts of John is a third-century apocryphal writing which records miraculous events, John's journey to Rome, his exile on Patmos, accounts of several journeys, and a detailed account of John's death
Vision(s) - ...
The Book of Revelation is a record of prophetic visions given to John, who was exiled on the island of Patmos
River - ’ To the Seer of Patmos, the New Jerusalem would not be complete without the river of water of life
John the Apostle - ...
It is only necessary to add that the John mentioned in Revelation 1:4 ; Revelation 1:9 as writing to the Seven Churches in Asia from the island of Patmos was identified by early tradition with the son of Zebedee. 18, 20) that during the persecution of Domitian ‘the apostle and evangelist John’ was banished to Patmos, and that on the accession of Nerva (a. John and the young disciple who fell into evil ways and became the chief of a band of robbers, as having occurred when ‘after the tyrant’s death he returned from the isle of Patmos to Ephesus
Sea of Glass - The description of scenery surrounding the throne gathers up all the symbolism of the past, the cosmological, eschatological, and ritual elements, coloured, it may be, by the local scenery of Patmos
Lamb - ...
Many surprises await one who, familiar only with the significance of the Lamb in the Levitical sacrifices, traces the new forms in which the figure made itself at home in the visions of the Seer of Patmos
Revelation, Book of - ...
Patmos, the place of John’s imprisonment, was an island off the coast from Ephesus in the west of Asia Minor
Fire - And to the beloved apostle John at Patmos, Revelation 1:14
Nicolaitans - John being sent to Patmos, may have been the time which enabled the Nicolaitans to exhibit their principles
John (the Apostle) - Regarding John’s banishment to Patmos. —The discussion of the deliverances of tradition in regard to John’s exile in Patmos is vitally connected with the authorship of the Apocalypse (see art. If John was in Patmos, it may be that he went thither, as Weiss supposes, to find a religious retreat, or, as others think, to avoid persecution
Glory (2) - John in Patmos (Revelation 1:13-16)
Daniel, the Book of - His book written amidst pagan isolation is the Old Testament Apocalypse, as the Revelation of John written in the lonely Patmos is the New Testament Apocalypse; the two respectively stand apart, his from the prophets, John's from the epistles
Rome And the Roman Empire - The fourth century historian Eusebius reported that the apostle John was exiled to Patmos (compare Revelation 1:9 ) in the reign of Domitian
Apocrypha, New Testament - It tells the story of John's journey from Jerusalem to Rome and his imprisonment on the isle of Patmos
John, the Epistles of - 25) relates that John, after Domitian's death, returned from Patmos to Ephesus, and went on missionary tours into the pagan regions around, and visited the churches, ordaining bishops and clergy (compare 2 John 1:12; 3 John 1:9-10; 3 John 1:14)
Temple - The biblical authors from Moses through Ezekiel and Haggai to John of Patmos never describe a complete temple, but offer a vision of what the temple was to be: the locus of the presence of God
Judgments of God - John into a caldron of boiling oil, and afterwards banished him into the isle of Patmos
Dionysius, Pseudo-Areopagita - John the Divine an exile in Patmos foretelling his approaching release from confinement
Episcopalians - We are told that the other Apostles constituted their first- fruits, that is, their first disciples, after they had proved them by the Spirit, bishops and deacons of those who were to believe; and that the Apostle John, who survived the rest, after returning from Patmos, the place of his banishment, went about the neighbouring nations, ordaining bishops, establishing whole churches, and setting apart particular persons for the ministry, as they were pointed out to him by the Spirit
Ascension - John in Patmos were of quite another nature
Leucius, Author of n.t. Apocryphal Additions - He appears to have mentioned the exile to Patmos, and as resulting from a decree of the Roman emperor; but that the emperor was not named is likely from the variations of subsequent writers
James And John, the Sons of Zebedee - No one could have included John among those who had not made the confession διὰ φωνῆς, in view either of Patmos or of the legend of the cauldron of oil
Manuscripts - Petersburg, Rome, Patmos, London, and Vienna
Papias, Bishop of Hierapolis - Papias in commenting on Mat_20:22 may very well have said as does Origen that John had been condemned by the Roman emperor to exile at Patmos and that James had been killed by the Jews
Revelation, the - It is not known when the book was written, nor by what emperor John was banished to the Isle of Patmos
Revelation (2) - John at Patmos when, being ‘in the Spirit on the Lord’s day’ (Revelation 1:10; cf
Text of the New Testament - Forty-five leaves have long been known (33 at Patmos, 6 in the “Vatican, 4 in the British Museum, and 2 at Vienna); and 182 more leaves came to light in 1896 in Asia Minor, and are now at St