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Jupiter (jû'pt-ter). The heathen god worshipped by the Greeks under the name of Zeus. He was supposed to exercise supreme power; but the actions attributed to him were frequently in the highest degree sensual and abominable. Antiochus Epiphanes dedicated the temple at Jerusalem to this deity as Zeus Olympius, that on Gerizim to him as Zeus Xenius, the "defender of strangers." 2 Maccabees 6:2. He is two or three times mentioned in the New Testament. Acts 14:12-13; Acts 19:35.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Jupiter'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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