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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  the  father-in-law  of  Herod  Antipas,  and  king  of  Arabia  Petraea 
  His  daughter  returned  to  him  on  the  occasion  of  her  husband's 
  entering  into  an  adulterous  alliance  with  Herodias,  the  wife  of 
  Herod-Philip,  his  half-brother  (Luke  3:19,  20;  Mark  6:17;  Matt. 
  14:3).  This  led  to  a  war  between  Aretas  and  Herod  Antipas. 
  Herod's  army  was  wholly  destroyed  (A.D.  36).  Aretas,  taking 
  advantage  of  the  complications  of  the  times  on  account  of  the 
  death  of  the  Emperor  Tiberius  (A.D.  37),  took  possession  of 
  Damascus  (2  Cor.  11:32;  comp.  Acts  9:25).  At  this  time  Paul 
  returned  to  Damascus  from  Arabia. 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Aretas,  agreeable,  virtuous