And a certain Jew named Apollos (Ἀπολλῶς G625), born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. (Acts 18:24 - KJV)

And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon (Ἀπολλύων G623). (Rev 9:11 - KJV)

I wounder if Apollo (Acts 18:24, Ἀπολλῶς), the Greek sun god and its possible connection to the "angel of the bottomless pit" as referenced in Revelation 9:11 Apollyon Ἀπολλύων .

Apollyon means "destruction, or destructor"strong's G623, to what extent does Apollo means the same thing strong's G625

Are they the very same deity?
Are the root word same and just different Greek suffix?

  • Ἀπολλῶς - Apollos
  • Ἀπολλύων - Apollyon
  • You seem to be asking us whether the two terms are related to the concept of heat, to which the answer is no. The latter is simply the participle of ap'ollymi, itself a derivative of ollymi, meaning to destroy. The former had many attributes, to which the sun was only the latest accretion; from context, it is the property of eloquence that's being explicitly referenced, since Apollo was the patron deity of the oracle of Delphi.
    – Lucian
    Aug 22 at 13:01


Both BDAG and Thayer suggest that Ἀπολλώς is a contraction of Ἀπολλώνιος (Apollonios) as the case in Acts 18:24 in the Codex Bezea Cantabrigiensis. Thus, The name means, "belonging to, or of Apollo" (the most famous Greek god.)


The Greek Ἀπολλύων definitely means "destroyer". BDAG offers this comment:

Whether the writer of Revelation implied a connection with the deity Apollo cannot be determined. Indeed, it is questionable, for Apollo was the god of purity and recognized for his civilizing influence.

See BDAG for more references and other associations.


While the names are similar, any association between Apollos and Apollyon appears highly questionable.


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