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Emperor
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Emperor
Emperor. Official designation of the Roman sovereign beginning in 27 bc with the reign of Caesar Augustus; a derivation of imperator, an honorary title of supreme command conferred by the Roman Senate upon one of its victorious generals. Nero is the only Roman ruler addressed as emperor in Scripture
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Emperor
Emperor [Gk. ho sebastós; Lat augustus] (Acts 25:21, 25); AV AUGUSTUS; NEB also “His Imperial Majesty”; [Gk. basileús] (1 Pet. 2:13, 17); AV KING; NEB SOVEREIGN. A title, from Lat imperator (“commander”), designating the rulers of the Roman empire. Originally imperator was a military term employed
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Emperor
EMPEROR Official designation of the Roman sovereign beginning in 27 bc with the reign of Caesar Augustus; a derivation of imperator, an honorary title of supreme command conferred by the Roman Senate upon one of its victorious generals. See Caesars, The.Emperor worshipEmperor worship had its origins
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Emperor
emperor, an English word derived from the Latin imperator (“one who gives orders”), a title that was originally used of Roman military commanders, but later came to mean the single, chief sovereign. Julius Caesar referred to himself as imperator, as did his adopted son, Augustus, although the latter
Emperor Cult
emperor cult, or emperor worship, the religious rituals associated with venerating the Roman emperor as a divine being. The emperor cult was basically a means of showing reverence for an emperor, living or dead. The practice had precedence in Greek and Egyptian realms, where such Hellenistic rulers as
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Emperor
EmperorOriginally an honorific title (Lat. imperator) granted to Roman commanders by their soldiers after a victory. Octavian (Augustus Caesar) began the tradition of taking the title as a part of his name, apparently to lay unique claim to military authority. Most subsequent Roman emperors adopted
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Emperor
Emperor. †A title given to the supreme ruler of the Roman Empire; originally a sign of honor bestowed upon a victorious general. Theoretically, the Roman emperors were chiefs of state (Lat. princeps) rather than imperatores. The emperor to whom Paul appealed for a fair trial (Acts 25:21, 25) was
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Emperors, Roman
Emperors, romanFollowing the cessation of the monarchy with expulsion of the seventh and last Roman king, the Etruscan Tarquinius Superbus in 510/509 b.c., the Roman Republic came into being and flourished until it collapsed during the economic, political and military chaos of the late Republic (133–31
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Roman Emperors
ROMAN EMPERORSDuring the advent of Christianity, Rome was experiencing a tumultuous revolution in its constitution from republican order to the rule of autocracy. The political environment of Jesus and the NT writers was far from consistent and reflects many transitions in power and the general fluidity
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Emperor, Emperor Cult
Emperor, Emperor CultThe office of Roman emperor was significant for Jews in the land and those in the Diaspora, as well as for the emerging group we now know as Christians. The command to pray for emperors (1 Tim 2:1–2) is tacit recognition of the power that this ruler held over Christians. 1. A Survey
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
EMPEROR
EMPEROR<emp’-er-er> ([ὁ σεβαστός, ho sebastos]; Latin augustus: The title of the Roman emperors; Acts 25:21, 25).See AUGUSTUS; CAESAR.
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Emperor
Emperor. Emperor, not for myself, but for my people. The maxim of Ha′drian, the Roman emperor (117–138).
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Emperor
emperor. In modern usage an emperor rules an area larger than a single kingdom. In Roman law and custom two significant ideas are found. However dictatorial he may have been, the emperor was thought of as exercising imperium (i.e., the properly delegated authority to command in behalf of the state);