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Diotrephes
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A man John mentions in his third letter as having his own ambitions (3 John 1:9).Diotrephes (“nurtured by Zeus”) resisted John’s authority by disregarding an earlier communication, probably a letter. John rebuked him for wanting to be first (3 John 1:9–10). Nothing is known of him outside of 3 John.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Diotrephes
Diotrephes (Διοτρέφης, Diotrephēs). A man John mentions in his third letter as having his own ambitions (3 John 1:9).Diotrephes (“nurtured by Zeus”) resisted John’s authority by disregarding an earlier communication, probably a letter. John rebuked him for wanting to be first (3 John 1:9–10). Nothing
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Diotrephes (Person)
DIOTREPHES (PERSON) [Gk Diotrephes (Διοτρεφες)]. An early churchman who asserted authority over all in his local church, rejected the authority of the elder who wrote 3 John, attacked the elder in public, forbade anyone to receive the elder’s emissaries, and excluded all who did (3 John 9–10). The name
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Diotrephes
Diotrephes. A church member whom John reprimanded for his contentious behavior (3 Jn 9). He spoke against John “with evil words” (v 10); had resisted John’s authority by refusing to receive an earlier letter; and refused to show Christian hospitality, urging others to do likewise. He may have been an
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Diotrephes
Diotrephes dī-oʹtrə-fēz [Gk. Diotrephēs—‘nourished by Zeus’]. A local church leader of Asia Minor whose domineering practice occasioned the writing of 3 John. His desire for prestige and power led him to oppose the apostolic authority of John (v 9). The opposition took the form of empty accusations,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Diotrephes
DIOTREPHES A church member whom John reprimanded for his contentious behavior (3 Jn 1:9–10). He spoke against John; had resisted John’s authority by refusing to receive an earlier letter; and refused to show Christian hospitality, urging others to do likewise. He may have been an official in the church
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Diotrephes
Diotrephes (di-ah´truh-feez), church leader mentioned (unfavorably) only in 3 John 9–10. He “likes to put himself first,” rejects the authority of the letter’s author, and refuses to receive the latter’s emissaries, ejecting from the church those who do. See also John, Letters of.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Diotrephes
DIOTREPHES. Mentioned only in 3 Jn 9–10, as one “who loves to be the first among them” (NASB), and who opposed the authority of the apostle John. Concerning those who did not agree with Diotrephes, it is said that he “cast them out of the church”—an early “excommunicator”!
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Diotrephes
DIOTREPHES. A refractory person of over-weening ambition who would not recognize John the Elder, publicly attacked him, forbade the reception of his adherents, and, whether by formal excommunication or physical violence, excluded those who did receive them. Though the Elder’s personal intervention would
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Diotrephes
Diotrephes (Gk. Diotréphēs)Presumably the host of a house church who “liked to be first” over his congregation (3 John 9–10). He refused to receive a message or messengers from the author of 3 John and expelled from the congregation those who did show such hospitality. Nothing else is known about
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Diotrephes
Diotrephes [dī ŏtˊrə fēz] (Gk. Diotrephēs “nourished by Zeus”).† A member of a church in Asia Minor to which Gaius also belonged. In 3 John Diotrephes is accused of excessive self-centeredness and refusal to acknowledge the authority of John the elder. Moreover, he is said to gossip about John,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Diotrephes
DIOTREPHES A Christian leader who is censured by the apostle John (3 John 9–10) for his pride and stubbornness.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Diotrephes
Diot´rephes (nourished by Jove), a Christian mentioned in 3 John 9, but of whom nothing is known.