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Bride of Christ
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bride of Christ
Bride of Christ A first-century metaphor for the Church’s relationship with Jesus.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bride of Christ
BRIDE OF CHRIST. Although the specific phrase “bride of Christ” does not appear in the NT, the concept is found in several NT works as a description of the Church. Paul describes the Corinthian believers as having been betrothed to Christ and presented as a bride to her husband (2 Cor 11:2; cf. Rom 7:1–6).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bride of Christ
Bride of Christ. One of the NT metaphors for the church. In it Christ is pictured as a husband and the church as his bride.Addressing the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul referred to himself as the one who gave the church to Christ, presenting her “as a pure bride to her one husband” (2 Cor 11:2,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bride of Christ
Bride of Christ [Gk. nýmphē—‘bride’] (Jn. 3:29; Rev. 21:2, 9; 22:17); [gyné̄—‘wife’] (Rev. 19:7; 21:9); [parthénos—‘virgin’] (2 Cor. 11:2); [kyría—‘lady’] (2 Jn. 1, 5). An image for the Church which emphasizes the ideas of purity, subjection, faithfulness, and intimate communion with Christ her
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bride of Christ
BRIDE OF CHRIST* One of the NT metaphors for the church. In it Christ is pictured as a husband, and the church as his bride.Addressing the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul referred to himself as the one who gave the church to Christ, presenting her as a pure bride to her one husband (2 Cor 11:2–3).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bride of Christ
BRIDE OF CHRIST. One of the seven figures used to set forth the relationship of the Church to Christ: the branches and the Vine (Jn 15:1–11), the sheep and the Shepherd (Jn 10:1–30), the stones and the Chief Cornerstone (1 Pet 2:4–8), the priests and the High Priest (Heb 2:17; 4:14; 7:26; 1 Pet 2:9),
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bride of Christ
Bride of ChristAn ecclesial metaphor whereby Jesus is presented as the bridegroom for his followers (Mark 2:19–20), and the wedding feast appears as a recurring image for the gathered community at the end time. The precise phrase “bride of Christ” to designate the Church never occurs. Paul is the first
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bride of Christ
Bride of Christ. An image of the Church and its relationship to Christ. While in the Old Testament the relationship of Judah (Isa. 54:5; cf. Hos. 2:19) or Jerusalem (Ezek. 16:8ff.) to God is described in terms of marital love, it is really in the New Testament that the image finds its fullest development.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
D. The Bride of Christ
D. The Bride of ChristThe Church is also the Bride of Christ (2 Cor 11:2–3; Eph 5:22–33; Rev 19:7–8). Christ loves his bride as a husband loves his wife: “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present
Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times
Bride of the Lamb
Bride of the LambThe “bride of the Lamb” refers to the community belonging to the Lamb, Jesus, who is the divine bridegroom. The background for this image of the church lies in God’s relationship with his people in the Old Testament. Several prophets speak of Israel as betrothed to God or as his wife
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BRIDE OF CHRIST
BRIDE OF CHRIST [γυνή gynē, νύμφη nymphē]. A metaphor for the church (see CHURCH, IDEA OF THE). Paul promises the Corinthian community in marriage as a virgin (parthenos παρθένος) presented to Christ (2 Cor 11:2). Revelation announces the wedding of the church as bride (gynē, nymphē) to the Lamb (Rev
Key passages
2 Co 11:2

For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

Re 21:2

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.

Re 21:9

And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

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