The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Call of the Disciples Refers to the call stories of Jesus’ disciples found in the Gospels.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Call; Calling
Call; Calling [Heb. qārā’; Gk. kaléō and cognates klḗsis, klētós; also légō, phōnéō, chrēmatizō]. The word is very common in both the OT and NT, there being over seven hundred instances of the verb, noun, or adjective.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
call, a common word acquiring theological significance when God or Christ is the one who calls, implying divine election or commission. Sometimes individuals are called to special vocations: God called Moses (Exod. 3:4), the judges (Judg. 3:9), and the prophets (Jer. 1:5); and Jesus called disciples
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Call, Called, Calling
CALL, CALLED, CALLING. Although “call” has many ordinary usages in the Scriptures, its chief importance is as a specifically theological term. The verb from (kaleō), when used technically, refers to God’s (rarely Christ’s) call to men to participate in the blessings on redemption. The benefits may be
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Call, Calling
CALL, CALLING. In OT and NT there are some 700 occurrences of the word as verb, noun or adjective. The principal Heb. root is qr’; in Gk. kalein (with its compounds, and derivatives klētos, ‘called’, and klēsis, ‘calling’), legein and phōnein are used. In both languages other verbs are occasionally
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Call, Calling
Call, CallingThe verb (Heb. qāraʾ; Gk. kaléō) used to describe “naming” (Gen. 3:20; Luke 1:60) or to refer to the act of prayer, where persons “call to” or “call on” God (Ps. 145:18; Rom. 10:13). In addition, the idea of a “call” or “calling” in the sense of a (divine) commission or vocation is also
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Call, Calling
Call, Calling (Heb. qārā˒; Gk. kaléō and cognates klḗsis, klētós; also légō, phōnéō, and chrēmatízō). A term designating God’s summons to a specific task or role and his special relationship to his people.
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Call, callingThe Pauline letters mention calling in three different connections: the calling of all believers, Paul’s calling as an apostle, and the calling of Israel.1. The Calling of All Believers2. Paul’s Calling as an Apostle3. Israel’s Calling as the People of God
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Calling. As a technical theological term the word came into use in Reformation theology for the Divine act whereby those destined for salvation are persuaded to accept the Gospel. It was used in this sense, e.g., in the ‘Shorter *Westminster Catechism’ of 1647. *Calvinist theologians have commonly held
Key passages
Ex 3:4–22

And Yahweh saw that he turned aside to see, and God called to him from the midst of the bush, and he said, “Moses, Moses.” And he said, “Here I am.” And he said, “You must not come near to here. Take off your sandals from on your feet, because the place on which you are standing, it is holy ground.” …

Ro 8:28–30

And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose, because those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he should be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he …

2 Ti 1:9

who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace that was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

Heb 3:1–2

Therefore, holy brothers, sharers in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to the one who appointed him, as Moses also was in his household.

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