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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dispensation [Gk. diakonía] (2 Cor. 3:7–9); AV MINISTRATION; NEB also DISPENSED. The term refers to the action of giving out, specifically referring to God’s dealings with men. In 2 Cor. 3 Paul contrasts the brightness of Moses’ face in the giving of the OT law (v 5) which brought death (v 7), with
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
DISPENSATION. The Gr. word oikonomia means stewardship, management of a household, an economy or a dispensation. The greatest interest and importance centers around the last meaning.While the term “dispensation” is used by all theologians to express God’s method of dealing with men during different
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Dispensation. *God’s dealings with mankind, literally a “giving out.” At 2 Cor. 3:7–9 Paul contrasts the splendor of the Old Testament “dispensation of death” (Gk. diakonía “service”; KJV “ministration”; NIV “ministry”), mediated through Moses, with the brilliance of the New Testament “dispensation
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
dispensations. Licences granted by ecclesiastical authority to do some act otherwise canonically illegal, or for the remittance of a penalty for breaking such a rule. The practice of granting dispensations began very early. By the 5th cent. the bishops of Rome were employing the dispensing power, and
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
DISPENSATIONS (Gk. oikonomia, “management of a household,” hence English “economy”).A dispensation is an era of time during which man is tested in respect to obedience to some definite revelation of God’s will. Seven such dispensations are recognized by many premillennialists. Other premillennialists
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
DispensationalismAlso called dispensational premillennialism, it is a scheme of history based on a complex literal interpretation of the prophetic books of the Bible. Developed primarily by the Englishman and Plymouth Brethren John Nelson Darby (1800–1882) in the mid-nineteenth century, dispensationalism
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Dispensation(Gr. oikonomia, “management,” “economy”). (1.) The method or scheme according to which God carries out his purposes towards men is called a dispensation. There are usually reckoned three dispensations, the Patriarchal, the Mosaic or Jewish, and the Christian. (See COVENANT, Administration
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
DISPENSATION — a period of time under which mankind is answerable to God for how it has obeyed the revelation of God that it has received. The term “dispensation” is found twice in the NKJV: “The dispensation of the fullness of the times” (Eph. 1:10) and “the dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph. 3:2;
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
DispensationalismDispensationalism is less a theology per se than a method of biblical interpretation designed to disclose the progress of God’s governmental dealings with the world during successive periods of time. The ‘dispensations’ are periods during which God tests humankind in various ways, with
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DISPENSATION<dis-pen-sa’-shun>: The Greek word (oikonomia) so translated signifies primarily, a stewardship, the management or disposition of affairs entrusted to one. Thus 1 Corinthians 9:17, the King James Version “A dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me,” the Revised Version (British
A Catholic Dictionary
dispensation. The relaxation of a law in a particular case. The necessity of dispensation arises from the fact that a law which is made for the general good may not be beneficial in this or that special case, and therefore may be rightly relaxed with respect to an individual, while it continues to bind
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Dispensation.—Exemption, an act by which one dispenses a person from something. The Pope alone has the right to dispense from the general laws of the Church, and no bishop can do this, except by extraordinary faculties, if recourse to the Holy See will be impossible, and under condition to ask later
Key passages
1 Co 9:17

For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward, but if I do so unwillingly, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.

Eph 3:2–9

—if indeed you have heard about the stewardship of God’s grace given to me for you. According to revelation the mystery was made known to me, just as I wrote beforehand in brief, so that you may be able when you read to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ (which in other generations …