The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Christian One who worships Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah and Son of the God of Israel.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
CHRISTIAN [Gk Christianos (Χριστιανος)]. Although “Christian” is the most common name used today to designate followers of Jesus Christ, it occurs only three times in the NT: Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet 4:16. Most scholars agree that the formation of this term is Latin in origin. Christianus (pl. Christiani)
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Christian. Name first given to the followers of Jesus Christ in Antioch (Acts 11:26).See Christians, Names for.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
CHRISTIAN Name first given to the followers of Jesus Christ (Acts 11:26). When the Christian movement reached Antioch in Syria, the gospel was preached to Gentiles as well as Jews. Such evangelism marked the sect as more than a new type of Judaism; it was a new religion. The Gentiles in Antioch invented
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Christian, a term that eventually became the standard nomenclature for followers of Jesus Christ, but that actually occurs only three times in the nt. The term derives from the word Christ, which means “Anointed One” or “Messiah”; the basic definition of “Christian” is “one who believes in the Messiah”
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CHRISTIAN. One who belongs or is devoted to Christ. This is one of several NT terms applied to followers of Christ. It is formed from Christ (Messiah) and the -ianos ending, which is from the Latin and is used only with proper names (cf. Herodians in Mk 3:6). The word occurs only three times in the NT:
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
CHRISTIAN. The 3 occurrences (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16) all imply that it was a generally recognized title in the NT period, though it is evident that there were other names which Christians themselves used, and perhaps preferred (cf. H. J. Cadbury, BC, 5, 1933, pp. 375ff.).
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ChristianA term (Gk. christianós) found in the Bible only in Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16. Among both Latin and Greek writers, it was common to add the suffix -ianus. (Latin) or -ianos (Greek) to the proper name of one considered to be the leader of a group. According to Acts 11:26 it was non-Christian
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Christian (Gk. Christianos; from Lat. christianus “belonging to Christ”). An appellation for one who believes in Jesus Christ (Gk. Christos), the Son of God and Redeemer of mankind. The term was first applied to the disciples in cosmopolitan Antioch after Paul and Barnabas had taught there for
Catholic Bible Dictionary
CHRISTIAN A follower of Christ. The title “Christian” was first used for the followers of Christ at Antioch around a.d. 40–44, according to Acts 11:26. The word appears in only two other places in the New Testament. First, in Acts 26:28, it is used by King Herod Agrippa when speaking to Saint Paul. Second,
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Christian. The name was orig. applied to followers of Christ by outsiders, being first used, acc. to Acts 11:26, at *Antioch c. AD 40–4. In the NT it occurs in only two other places, in Acts 26:28, where it is used by King Agrippa speaking to St *Paul, and in 1 Pet. 4:16, where its use by enemies
German-Christians (Deutsche Christen). A Protestant group which, during the Hitler régime, tried to bring about a synthesis between Nazism and Christianity. Its more extreme adherents wished to eliminate the OT, St *Paul (‘the Rabbi’), and the doctrines of St *Augustine (with their ‘Jewish’ sense
Jews, Christian attitudes to
Jews, Christian attitudes to. Christianity shares much common ground with Judaism. Jesus Christ was Himself a Jew, as were the earliest members of the Church. St *Paul’s practice of not requiring Gentile converts to Christianity to be circumcised and observe the whole Jewish law, and his argument that
Key passages
Ac 11:26

And when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it happened to them also that they met together for a whole year with the church and taught a large number of people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.

Ac 26:28

But Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time are you persuading me to become a Christian?”

1 Pe 4:16

But if someone suffers as a Christian, he must not be ashamed, but must glorify God with this name.

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