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Elect Lady
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
John, Second Letter of
John, Second Letter of A book of the New Testament that belongs to the General (Catholic) Letters.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Elect Lady
ELECT LADY [Gk eklektē kyria (ἐκλεκτη κυρια)]. The phrase “Elect Lady” is found only in the salutation of 2 John 1 as the designation of the addressees (cf. v 5 where kyria recurs). There has been considerable debate whether “elect lady” should be taken literally of an individual, or figuratively of
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Elect Lady
Elect Lady. Greeting found in 2 John 1:1. The phrase has been interpreted two ways.Some interpreters regard 2 John as addressed to a particular woman. Ancient Greek manuscripts show that the word kuria (translated as “lady” or “mistress”) was used by letter writers as a personal term for family members
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Elect Lady
Elect Lady [Gk. eklektḗ kyría]; NEB LADY CHOSEN BY GOD. This phrase in 2 Jn. 1 designates the addressee of the brief epistle. Much discussion has been devoted to the attempt to determine its precise meaning. Four translations are possible grammatically: (1) to the elect lady; (2) to an elect lady;
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Elect Lady
ELECT LADY* Greeting found in 2 John 1:1. The phrase has been interpreted two ways.Some interpreters regard 2 John as addressed to a particular woman. Ancient Greek manuscripts show that the word kuria (translated as “lady” or “mistress”) was used by letter writers as a personal term for family members
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Elect Lady
ELECT LADY. A translation of the phrase eklekte’ kyria in 2 Jn 1. The meaning, long a puzzle to commentators, is probably to be found in one of two possible explanations: (1). reference to an individual, named either “elect Kyria.” Electa Kyria, or “the lady Electa”; or (2). reference to a local Christian
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Elect Lady
ELECT LADY. 2 John is addressed to ‘the elect lady’ (eklektē kyria). This may signify an individual, either unnamed, or named Electa, or Kyria, or Electa Kyria. There are fairly convincing objections to each of these suggestions. Further, the absence of personal allusions, the almost un-varying use
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Elect Lady
Elect LadyA title appearing only in 2 John 1, 5. The “elect lady” (Gk. eklektḗ kyrɩ́a) is said to have children and an elect sister, who also has children. Some scholars identify her as a house church leader whom “the elder” is writing to encourage and warn not to receive deceivers into her house
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Elect Lady
Elect Lady (Gk. hē eklektḗ kyría).† The addressee of 2 John, considered to be either a person (Mary the mother of Jesus, Martha, or a certain Electa) or, more likely, the personification of a local church, whose “children” were its members (2 John 1). Its “elect sister” (v. 13) refers to the
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Elect Lady
ELECT LADY A woman of Ephesus to whom John addressed his second epistle (2 John 1:1). This is the only reference, and many readers think it refers figuratively to a church founded by John, rather than to a particular person.
2 John
2 JohnAddressed to “the elect lady and her children,” which probably refers to a church in Asia Minor. The letter praises its recipients for standing firm in the faith and urges them to continue their perseverance.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Elect lady
Elect ladyto whom the Second Epistle of John is addressed (2 John 1:1). Some think that the word rendered “lady” is a proper name, and thus that the expression should be “elect Kyria.”
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Elect Lady
ELECT LADY — the person or church to which 2 John is addressed (2 John 1).