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Azarias

AZARIAS ăz’ ə rī’ əs (̓Αζάριας, Gr. form of Azariah, Yahweh has helped). 1. An officer of the army of [[Judas Maccabaeus]] (1 Macc 5:18, 56, 60). In absence of Judas (v. 18) he shared command of Judean army with Joseph ben Zachariah. Following victories of Judas and Simon in other areas, Azarias wanted to make his name famous, so engaged Gorgias near Jamnia and was badly defeated.