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Head of the Church
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A phrase Paul uses in Ephesians and Colossians to describe Christ’s relationship with the Church (κεφαλὴ τῆς ἐκκλησίας, kephalē tēs ekklēsias; [Eph 5:23]; “head of the body of the church,” ἡ κεφαλὴ τοῦ σώματος τῆς ἐκκλησίας, hē kephalē tou sōmatos tēs ekklēsias; [Col 1:18]). The concept might also be used to describe the relationship of church leaders with others in the Church (1 Cor 12:21).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Head of the Church
Head of the Church A phrase Paul uses in Ephesians and Colossians to describe Christ’s relationship with the Church (κεφαλὴ τῆς ἐκκλησίας, kephalē tēs ekklēsias; [Eph 5:23]; “head of the body of the church,” ἡ κεφαλὴ τοῦ σώματος τῆς ἐκκλησίας, hē kephalē tou sōmatos tēs ekklēsias; [Col 1:18]). The concept
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Head of the Church
HEAD OF THE CHURCH. Paul presents Christ as the Head of the Church (Eph 5:32), and the individual members in the Church as parts of His Body (Eph 4:4–16; 1 Cor 12:12–27).In Colossians Christ is seen as Head (Col 1:18; cf. Eph 1:21–22) in contrast to and above all principalities and powers of evil (Col
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Head, Christ As
Head, christ asA particularly significant use of “head” (kephalē) in the Pauline letters is in Colossians and Ephesians where Christ is designated as “head” (kephalē) in relationship to the church as “body.”1. Head and Body2. Head as Christological Metaphor
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Head of the Church
HEAD OF THE CHURCH. On account of the intimate union that exists between Christ and the church He is called the head (Eph. 4:15; 5:23) and the church His Body (4:12; Col. 1:24), inseparably united. Not only does the church, as a Body, stand in need of Christ (Eph. 4:15–16; Col. 2:19), but the apostle
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Head of the Church
HEAD OF THE CHURCH Title for Christ (Eph. 4:15; Col. 1:18). In Ephesians, the metaphor of Christ as head of His body, the church, is carefully developed. Headship includes the idea of Christ’s authority (1:22; 5:23) and of the submission required of the church (5:24). More is in view than a statement
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Head of the Church
head of the church. This phrase occurs only in Eph. 5:23 (Gk. kephalē tēs ekklēsias), but similar expressions occur elsewhere (Eph. 1:22; 1 Cor. 11:3; and esp. Col. 1:18, hē kephalē tou sōmatos tēs ekklēsias, “the head of the body, the church”; see body of Christ and church). These phrases in