The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Edification; Edify
Edification; Edify The Gk. oikodoméō, “build,” and oikidomḗ, “the act of building,” are used both literally and figuratively in the NT (cf. literal use in Mt. 7:24, 26 par Lk. 6:47, 49; Mt. 16:18; 21:33; 26:61 par Mk. 14:58; Lk. 4:29; etc.). “Edify,” “edifying,” “edification,” are the translation
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
EDIFICATION. The Gr. noun oikodomē, “edifice,” “building up,” “edifying,” “edification,” denotes the temple buildings in Mt 24:1; Mk 13:1–2, and appears metaphorically a dozen or more times in Paul’s epistles. Believers as living stones (1 Pet 2:5) are being built into the Church as a great “building”
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
EdificationLiterally a building or the act of building (Gk. oikodomḗ), especially in the Gospels (Matt. 24:1; 26:61; Mark 14:58) and Acts. Figuratively the term was used for the Church (Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 3:9–10), but both non-Christian and Christian writers more commonly used it to denote spiritual
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Edification. A Pauline metaphor meaning spiritual and moral growth among believers (Gk. oikodomḗ “act and result of building”; cf. 2 Cor. 10:8, “building up”; Matt. 7:24, 26 refers to the literal construction of a house). The apostle exhorts mature believers to consider their immature fellows in
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
EDIFICATION (Gk. oikodomē, “building”). Means building up. A building is therefore called an edifice. Accordingly, the work of confirming believers in the faith of the gospel and adding to their knowledge and grace is appropriately expressed by this term. Christians are said in the NT to be edified
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
EDIFICATION; EDIFY<ed-i-fi-ka’-shun>, <ed’-i-fi>: The Greek words [οἰκοδομέω, oikodomeo], “to build,” [οἰκοδομή, oikodome], “the act of building,” are used both literally and figuratively in the New Testament; “edify,” “edifying,” “edification,” are the translation of the King James Version
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
EDIFICATION Literally “building up,” it approximates encouragement and consolation (1 Cor. 14:3; 1 Thess. 5:11), though with edification focus falls on the goal, defined as being established in faith (Col. 2:7) or attaining unity of faith and knowledge, maturity, and the full measure of Christ (Eph.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
edification. The Greek noun oikodomē G3869 (“a building” or “the act of building”) as well as its cognate verb oikodomeō G3868 (“to build”) occur sometimes in the NT in a literal sense (Matt 23:29; 24:1). More frequently they are used in the metaphorical sense. Christ spoke of building his church (Matt.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Edification, Edify
EDIFICATION, ed-i-fi-kāʹshun, EDIFY, edʹi-fī: The Gr words οἰκοδομέω, oikodoméō, “to build,” οἰκοδομή, oikodomḗ, “the act of building,” are used both lit. and fig. in the NT; “edify,” “edifying,” “edification,” are the tr of AV in some 20 passages, all in the fig. sense of the promotion of growth
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
EDIFICATION [οἰκοδομή oikodomē, οἰκοδομία oikodomia]. To build up or to strengthen. The concept underlying these terms is the Greek word for household, oikos (οἶκος), which means the physical structure of the house and the network of people necessary to make it a working, livable place. When Paul