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Character
The moral and ethical features that a person possesses.
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Character
Character [Gk. dokimḗ] (Rom. 5:4); AV EXPERIENCE; NEB “proof that we have stood the test,” “this proof.” The Greek noun dokimḗ is derived from the adjective dókimos, “approved,” “tried and true,” “genuine,” and thus connotes successful endurance of testing. In Rom. 5:4 dokimḗ is an intermediate
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
character
character. In the Catholic theology of the Sacraments, the indelible quality which *Baptism, *Confirmation, and *Ordination are held to imprint on the soul. As this character is indelible and, even after the gravest sins, including apostasy, therefore remains, none of these Sacraments can be received
A Catholic Dictionary
Character
character (χαρακτήρ). A stamp on coins, seals, &c., and in its theological sense, a spiritual mark indelibly impressed on the soul, by baptism, confirmation, and holy order, which sacraments cannot be reiterated without sacrilege. That these sacraments do really impress a character is taught by the
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Attributes
AttributesAt its broadest, an attribute simply constitutes a characteristic, feature, or trait, often ascribed to a person or object. In traditional theology people have long spoken of the attributes of God. But the term derives from Aristotle, who defined attributes as what characterize a substance,
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
Character
character. The various dimensions of personality, either natural or acquired, that distinguish one individual from another. As an ethical term, character refers to the traits of an individual that may be deemed morally blameworthy or praiseworthy. The term is often used in a positive sense to refer to
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Character
CHARACTER may be defined as the result of the interaction between a personality and its environment; or, if the word is used in its special and favourable sense, as the advantage gained by personality over its environment, especially by the exercise of the will. In the terms of Aristotle (Nic. Eth. i.
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Attribute
Attribute(Lat. attributio). In the pictorial arts, a person, place, or thing, a plant or animal joined to a figural (human) subject in order to honor, distinguish, or characterize the figure. Attributes function as conventional markers of identity. Much of the research has focused on Greek and Roman
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CHARACTER
CHARACTER [δοκιμή dokimē]. In its broadest sense, character refers to the distinctive complex of qualities that distinguishes any one thing from another. In Aristotelian ethics, character is the moral center of gravity from which actions arise. In modern American usage, character is the stable, durable
Key passages
Ge 39:6–10

And he left all that he had in the hand of Joseph, and he did not worry about anything except the food that he ate. Now Joseph was well built and handsome. And it happened that after these things his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and …

Job 1:1–5

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright and God-fearing and turning away from evil. And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. Then his livestock came to be seven thousand sheep and goats and three thousand …

Ps 15:1–5

O Yahweh, who may reside in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy mountain? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right. He who speaks honestly in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue. He does not harm his friend, nor bring up a disgrace against his neighbor. In his eyes …

Ps 24:3–4

Who may ascend the mountain of Yahweh? And who may stand in his holy place? He who is innocent of hands and pure of heart, who does not lift up his soul to falseness, and does not swear deceitfully.

Ro 5:3–4

And not only this, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces patient endurance, and patient endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope,

Tt 1:5–9

On account of this, I left you behind in Crete, in order that what remains may be set in order and you may appoint elders in every town, as I ordered you. If anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of dissipation or rebellious. …

See also
Ge 12:10–20; Ge 31:22–42; Ge 39:1–40:23; Ge 43:1–44:17; Ex 1:1–22; Ex 18:1–27; Nu 16:1–19; Ru 3:1–18; 1 Sa 12:1–25; 1 Sa 24:1–22; 1 Sa 25:2–22; 1 Sa 26:1–25; 1 Sa 29:1–11; 1 Ki 9:1–9; 2 Ki 12:1–16; 2 Ki 22:3–20; Ezr 8:24–30; Ne 5:14–19; Ne 13:4–31; Job 1:1–12; Job 2:1–10; Job 27:1–23; Job 31:1–40; Ps 7:1–17; Ps 15:1–5; Ps 24:1–10; Ps 25:1–22; Ps 26:1–12; Ps 41:1–13; Ps 78:56–72; Ps 101:1–8; Ps 119:121–128; Pr 1:1–7; Pr 2:1–22; Pr 3:13–4:27; Pr 10:9; Pr 11:3; Pr 11:11; Pr 12:6; Pr 13:6; Pr 14:2; Pr 14:9; Pr 14:11; Pr 15:8; Pr 15:19; Pr 15:27; Pr 16:11; Pr 16:17; Pr 17:26; Pr 19:1; Pr 20:7; Pr 20:11; Pr 21:8; Pr 21:18; Pr 21:29; Pr 22:1; Pr 22:11; Pr 27:19; Pr 27:21; Pr 28:6; Pr 28:10; Pr 28:18; Pr 29:10; Pr 31:1–9; Ec 9:13–10:20; Is 26:1–19; Is 33:10–16; Is 56:1–8; Je 7:1–27; Je 22:11–23; Eze 18:1–18; Da 1:1–21; Da 6:1–9; Mic 6:1–8; Zec 7:8–14; Mal 2:1–9; Mt 1:18–25; Mt 5:1–16; Mt 5:43–48; Mt 7:12; Lk 3:1–20; Lk 6:27–38; Lk 16:1–13; Lk 19:1–10; Jn 1:43–51; Ac 8:14–25; Ac 22:30–23:10; Ac 24:10–21; Ro 5:1–5; Ro 14:14–23; 2 Co 1:12–14; 2 Co 4:1–6; 2 Co 7:2–12; 2 Co 8:16–24; Eph 6:5–9; Php 4:8–9; Col 1:9–18; Col 1:24–29; Col 3:12–17; Col 4:7–15; 1 Th 2:1–12; 1 Th 4:9–12; 1 Th 5:12–22; 1 Ti 1:3–11; 1 Ti 5:17–25; 2 Ti 2:14–26; Tt 1:5–9; Tt 2:1–10; Heb 13:18–19; 1 Pe 1:13–21; 1 Pe 2:11–12; 1 Pe 3:1–6; 1 Pe 3:8–17; 2 Pe 1:5–11;