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False Apostles
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A group within the Corinthian community that opposed Paul (2 Cor 11:13); mentioned only once in Paul’s defense of his apostleship. Second Corinthians describes their character and their false claims regarding Paul. Their teaching, however, is not discussed explicitly.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
False Apostles
False Apostles (ψευδαπόστολος, pseudapostolos). A group within the Corinthian community that opposed Paul (2 Cor 11:13); mentioned only once in Paul’s defense of his apostleship. Second Corinthians describes their character and their false claims regarding Paul. Their teaching, however, is not discussed
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
False Apostles
FALSE APOSTLES [Gk pseudapostoloi (ψευδαποστολοι)]. False apostles are mentioned only in 2 Cor 11:13 within the context of Paul’s defense of his apostleship (chaps. 10–13). The term may have been coined by Paul himself as a derogatory refutation of his opponents’ claim to be apostles (cf. “false witnesses” [pseudomartys]
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
False Apostles
False Apostles [Gk. pseudapóstoloi] (2 Cor. 11:13); NEB SHAM-APOSTLES. Adversaries of Paul in Corinth, whom he opposes in 2 Cor. 10:1–13:10. Though little is said about their message, a few clues are given about their character. They seem intruders who had invaded the territory marked out for Paul
Catholic Bible Dictionary
B. False “Apostles”
B. False “Apostles”Paul was also careful to distinguish between the true and false apostles (2 Cor 11:13). He attacked such false claimants as “false apostles” (2 Cor 11:13) and (sarcastically) “superlative apostles” (2 Cor 11:5; 12:11).
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
False Apostles
FALSE APOSTLES Designation for Paul’s opponents in 2 Cor. 11:13; also designated deceitful workers (11:13) and servants of Satan (11:15). Such “apostles” were characterized as preaching a “rival Jesus” (likely a lordly, miracle-working “success story”), possessing a different spirit (a self-seeking motivation
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
False Apostle
false apostle. Reference to false apostles occurs only in 2 Cor. 11:13 (pseudapostolos G6013). The reason for Paul’s harsh judgment of these leaders was twofold. First, they led the Corinthian Christians astray from their “sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3) and preached “a Jesus other
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
FALSE APOSTLES
FALSE APOSTLES [ψευδαπόστολος pseudapostolos]. “False apostles” and “super apostles” are the derogatory terms Paul uses to characterize his rival missionaries in Corinth (2 Cor 11:5, 13; 12:11). Paul’s sharp critique provides the only clues about them: they appear to have boasted of their Jewish heritage
Key passages
2 Co 11:13

For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

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