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Smith's Bible Dictionary

(Revelation 1:9) a rugged and bare island in the AEgean Sea, 20 miles south of Samos and 24 west of Asia Minor. It was the scene of the banishment of St. John in the reign of Domitian, A.D. 95. 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. On the hill to the south, crowning a commanding height, is the celebrated monastery which bears the name of "John the Divine." Halfway up the descent is the cave or grotto where tradition says that St. John received the Revelation.

ATS Bible Dictionary

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.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
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.)
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

pat'-mos (Patomos; Italian: San Giovanni di Patino): A Turkish island of the group Sporades, Southwest of Samos, mentioned once in the Bible, Revelation 1:9, "I, John.... was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus" (dia ton logon tou theou kai ten marturian Iesou). The island is 10 miles long, and about 6 broad along the northern coast. It is for the most part rocky. The highest part is Mount Elias, which rises to a height of over 800 ft. As in Greece, and in the adjacent mainland of Asia Minor, the land is treeless. Near the city of Patmos there is a good harbor. A famous monastery, Christodulos, was founded on the island in 1088. Near this is a thriving school, attended by students from all parts of the Archipelago. The population of the island numbers 3,000, almost entirely Greek. The ancient capital was on an isthmus between the inlets of La Scala and Merika. Many ruins can still be seen. The huge walls of Cyclopean masonry, similar to those at Tiryns, attest their great age. In Roman times Patmos was one of the many places to which Rome banished her exiles. In 95 A.D., according to a tradition preserved by Irenaeus, Eusebius, Jerome and others, John was exiled here-in the 14th year of the reign of Domitian-whence he returned to Ephesus under Nerva (96 A.D.). The cave in which he is said to have seen his visions is still pointed out to the traveler. Only a small part of the once valuable library in the monastery of Christodulos is left. Just 100 years ago (1814) Mr. E.D. Clark purchased here the manuscript of Plato which is now in the Bodleian Library, the celebrated Clarkianus, a parchment written in the year 895, and admittedly the best of all for the 1st of the 2 volumes into which the works of Plato were divided for convenience. Patmos is mentioned by Thucydides (iii.33), by Pliny (NH, iv.23), and by Strabo (x.5).



Tozer, The Islands of the Aegean (1890), 178-95; Walpole, Turkey (London, 1820), II, 43; E.D. Clark, Travels (London, 1818), VI, 2; Ross, Reisen (Stuttgart, 1840), II; Guerin, Description de l'Ile de Patmos (Paris, 1856).

J. E. Harry

3963. Patmos -- Patmos, an island in the Aegean Sea
... 3962, 3963. Patmos. 3964 . Patmos, an island in the Aegean Sea. Part
of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: Patmos Phonetic ...
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... Lesson 56 Patmos. More than half a ... the earth. Among the cliffs and rocks
of Patmos, John held communion with his Maker. He reviewed ...
// acts of the apostles/lesson 56 patmos.htm

Letter x. To John, Theologos, Apostle and Evangelist, Imprisoned ...
Evangelist, imprisoned in the Isle of Patmos. I salute thee, the holy soul! ...
/.../dionysius/letters of dionysius the areopagite/letter x to john theologos.htm

The Word of God
... In i.9 John tells us he "was in the Isle that is called Patmos, for the word of
God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." Leaving the latter expression for ...
// on revelation/the word of god.htm

Christ's Annunciation.
... Christ's Annunciation. "I John, your brother, and partner in the affliction, and
kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the island called Patmos, for the ...
/.../bliss/a brief commentary on the apocalypse/christs annunciation.htm

Destruction of the Temple to the Death of the Apostle John.
... any country. It is generally supposed that John was banished to the Isle
of Patmos during the reign of Domitian. After Domitian ...
/.../tidwell/the bible period by period/chapter xxi destruction of the.htm

Apostolic Labors of John.
... John at Patmos. John was banished to the solitary, rocky, and barren island of Patmos
(now Patmo or Palmosa), in the Aegean sea, southwest of Ephesus. ...
/.../history of the christian church volume i/section 42 apostolic labors of.htm

Tarry Till I Come.
... About sixty years from the time that Christ spoke these words, according to the
testimony of the early Church, the aged John was an exile in, Patmos. ...
/.../johnson/the new testament commentary vol iii john/tarry till i come.htm

The Author's Life.
... his home until the death of Mary, but from this time we have no scriptural testimony
of his whereabouts until we behold him as an exile on the island of Patmos ...
/.../johnson/the new testament commentary vol iii john/the authors life.htm

The Revelation
... In exiling John, the enemies of truth had hoped to silence forever the voice of
God's faithful witness; but on Patmos the disciple received a message, the ...
/.../white/the acts of the apostles/lesson 57 the revelation.htm

The Approval of the Spirit
... find the text. Humanly speaking John is the artist while he is an exile
on the Island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. The words he ...
/.../chapman/and judas iscariot/the approval of the spirit.htm

Patmos (1 Occurrence)
...PATMOS. ... was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God and the testimony
of Jesus" (dia ton logon tou theou kai ten marturian Iesou). ...
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Isle (15 Occurrences)
... In the New Testament, besides the passages noted above, and Patmos (Revelation
1:9), various islands are mentioned by name in connection with the voyages of ...
/i/isle.htm - 15k

Island (16 Occurrences)
... In the New Testament, besides the passages noted above, and Patmos (Revelation
1:9), various islands are mentioned by name in connection with the voyages of ...
/i/island.htm - 16k

Patiently (25 Occurrences)

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Kingship (17 Occurrences)
... 1:9 I John, your brother, and a sharer with you in the sorrows and Kingship and
patient endurance of Jesus, found myself in the island of Patmos, on account of ...
/k/kingship.htm - 11k

Fellow-partaker (3 Occurrences)
... Revelation 1:9 I John, your brother and fellow-partaker in the tribulation and kingdom
and patience, in Jesus, was in the island called Patmos, for the word of ...
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Fellow-partner (1 Occurrence)
... am' your brother, and fellow-partner in the tribulation, and in the reign and endurance,
of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, because of the ...
/f/fellow-partner.htm - 6k


/p/patriachs.htm - 7k

Partaker (10 Occurrences)
... 1:9 I John, your brother and partaker with you in tribulation and kingdom and patience
'which are' in Jesus, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the ...
/p/partaker.htm - 9k

Partner (8 Occurrences)
... 1:9 I John, your brother and partner with you in oppression, Kingdom, and perseverance
in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God's ...
/p/partner.htm - 9k

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