The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Catechist; Catechumen
Catechist; Catechumen A catechist is a teacher who instructs pupils in the elements of his or her own religion. In the OT the catechist teaches the rudiments of OT truth, in the NT the principles of the Christian faith. A catechumen is one whom the catechist instructs or catechizes, in preparation for
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
catechumens (Gk. κατηχούμενοι). In the early Church those undergoing training and instruction preparatory to Christian *Baptism. They were assigned a place in the church, but solemnly dismissed before the *Eucharist proper began. Since F. X. Funk’s researches, the older view that they were divided into
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CATECHIST; CATECHUMEN<kat’-e-kist>, <kate-ku’-men> ([κατηχίζειν, katechizein] “to resound,” “to teach,” “to instruct”): A catechist is a teacher who instructs his pupils in the elements of his own religion. In the Old Testament he teaches them the rudiments of Old Testament truth; in the New
A Catholic Dictionary
catechumens. Those who were being instructed and prepared for baptism. We meet with the first mention of catechumens in Justin Martyr, in Tertullian, and in the Clementines. Tertullian distinguishes two classes of catechumens: viz. the “novitioli,” or beginners, and the “aquam adituri,” or those who
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Catechu′men [kat′y-ku′men]. One taught by word of mouth (Greek, kate-chou′menos). Those about to be baptised in the early Church were first taught by word of mouth, and then catechised on their religious faith and duties.
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Catechumenate.—The state or condition of a catechumen, i.e., a person under instruction to prepare him for baptism. In the apostolic age, as appears from the New Testament, baptism was administered at once to every one professing an earnest belief in Christianity, and a sincere sorrow for past sins.
Dictionary of Theological Terms
CatechumensCandidates for baptism* in the ancient church* who were set to complete a system of religious instruction before being admitted to the church. The length of this period of instruction varied from a matter of days or weeks, to years.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Catechist, Catechumen
catechist, catechumen. Respectively, a person giving and a person receiving elementary Christian instruction, especially prior to baptism. Neither word occurs in the NT. The verb from which both are derived, katēcheō G2994, is used several times: Acts 18:25, where Apollos’s Christian instruction is
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
CATECHUMENSIn the early church, catechumens were persons undergoing instruction prior to baptism.The Greeks, having arrested the slaves of Christian catechumens, used force against them. Ecumenius, citing Irenaeus (c. 180, E/W), 1.570.The young catechumen is imbued with perception and thought. Clement
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Catechumen. In the church’s early centuries a convert was expected to attend Sunday worship (but not take Holy Communion) and to receive instruction before being baptized (usually at Easter). Such a person was a catechumen; he or she, having professed desire to believe and live as a Christian, was instructed
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Catechist, Catechumen
CATECHIST, kat′ē̇-kist, CATECHUMEN, kat-ē̇-kū′men (κατηχίζειν, katēchízein, “to resound,” “to teach,” “to instruct”): A catechist is a teacher who instructs his pupils in the elements of his own religion. In the OT he teaches them the rudiments of OT truth; in the NT he teaches the principles of