But a certain Greek whose name was Demitrius, an artisan of great renown, came unto
Yeshua and begged that he sup with him, and going in unto his house he sat down to
Summary: Demitrius was a famous artisan from Hippos who invited Yeshua to his house
for dinner. Believing that Yeshua was sent from God, Demitrius asked Yeshua what
he might do to draw closer to God. Yeshua responded by encouraging Demitrius to set
all his slaves free, which he agreed to do (Y:10:59-83).
Azrael’s Commentary - Demitrius
A wealthy artisan in fine exquisite silverware, and a prominent citizen of Hippos,
Demitrius became one of Yeshua’s most devout disciples and was a witness to the post-resurrectional
teachings of Yeshua. He continued to live in Hippos long after Yeshua’s ministry
was completed, and helped greatly in financing the missionary efforts of the apostles,
especially those of Jude.
Demitrius appointed himself the guardian to the household of Mary and Susanna, and
at his own expense he had the house of Mary and Susanna completely refurbished and
appointed. During the Jewish uprising of 68-70 CE, he tried to persuade Mary and
Susanna to take refuge in Hippos, but both women kindly refused the offer; preferring
to stay in Nazareth among friends and family. Still fearful for their welfare, Demitrius
paid to have the house discreetly watched over by Roman legionnaires who were told
that Mary and Susanna were friends of Rome; and that Susanna was none other than
the widowed wife of Marcus Quintus the former Prefect of Jotapata. Demitrius died
in 77 CE, and according to Greek custom his body was cremated.