Jason (Jay´suhn)

A famous Greek name often utilized as a family name by Hellenistic (i.e., Greek-speaking) Jews for such Hebrew names as Joshua or Jeshua. 1 A Jewish high priest, ca. 174–171 BCE, who obtained the priesthood by bribery, fostered a policy of hellenization, was deposed, and, after unsuccessful attempts to regain the priesthood, died in exile (2Macc 4:7-5:10). 2 According to (Acts 17:5-9), Paul’s host while the latter was establishing a Christian community in Thessalonica. It may be the same Jason who sends greetings in (Rom 16:21).

2Macc 4:7-5:10

Jason's Reforms
7When Seleucus died and Antiochus, who was called Epiphanes, succeeded to the kingdom, Jason the brother of Onias obtained the high priesthood b ... View more

Acts 17:5-9

5But the Jews became jealous, and with the help of some ruffians in the marketplaces they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. While they were searching ... View more

Rom 16:21

21Timothy, my co-worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my relatives.

 NEH Logo
Bible Odyssey has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.