Imitate • Imitation of Christ • Imitation of Paul
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Imitate, Imitators
IMITATE, IMITATORS [Gk mimeomai (μιμεομαι), mimētēs (μιμητης)]. The term “imitator” is one link between the disciples of Jesus in the Gospels and the believers of the early Church. Although the word “disciple” (mathētēs) is curiously absent from the epistles, Michaelis’ conclusion is representative
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Imitate[Gk miméomai] (2 Thess. 3:7, 9; He. 13:7; 3 Jn. 11); AV FOLLOW; NEB also COPY-, FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF; BE (COME) IMITATORS [Gk. mimētaí gínesthai] (1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1; Eph. 5:1; 1 Thess. 1:6; 2:14; He. 6:12; 1 Pet. 3:13 var); AV BE (COME) FOLLOWERS; NEB also IMITATE, FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
ImitationThe conscious or unconscious adoption of the attitudes, beliefs, or behavior of others. The biblical motif of imitation finds expression in language such as “to imitate,” “to become like,” “to follow after,” and is often implicit in terminology like “disciples,” “type,” and “example.”The OT
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Imitation (Gk. miméomai). A self-sacrificial following after Christ, to be adopted in emulation of the apostles (e.g., 1 Thess. 1:6; 2 Thess. 3:7, 9; Heb. 13:7). While he confesses that he himself is not perfect, Paul challenges Christians in the young churches to follow his example (1 Cor. 11:1;
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Imitation of Paul
Imitation of paul/of christThere are relatively few passages in the Pauline corpus where Paul uses the language of imitation (mimētēs/mimeomai: 1 Cor 4:16; 1 Cor 11:1; Phil 3:17; 1 Thess 1:6; 2:14; 2 Thess 3:6, 9). The idea of imitation, however, plays a significant (contra Michaelis), though sometimes
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
ImitationMany NT scholars are reluctant to accord imitation a prominent place in early Christian ethical instruction, especially imitation of Christ or God. However, recognizing the role this pedagogical tool played in the Greco-Roman environment justifies a reconsideration of this important means of
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
IMITATION1. Christian Ethics was roughly constituted in the early centuries by the recognition of two moralities—common morality, requiring a minimum of obedience to law from those living in the world, and first-class morality, the super-legal or supererogatory goodness of those who practised asceticism.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
IMITATE To mimic; to do what is seen to be done by another; sometimes it approximates “be obedient.” Paul’s uses can be divided into three groups: (1) To call attention to a comparison even when no conscious mimicking is in mind. The Thessalonians shared suffering at the hands of their compatriots comparable
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
a. Imitatio Dei
a. Imitatio Dei. The importance of the imitation of God as a basis for ethics in the OT was seen early by scholars such as Buber and Rowley. More recently a number of scholars have given new attention to this important theme.The life of God models the moral life. God as experienced by Israel and mediated
IMITATORS [μιμηταί mimētai]. In the Greco-Roman world, the practice of imitation could take many forms. Followers of a revered figure like Socrates might emulate their teacher’s mannerisms, dress, or style, thus signaling their fidelity to a particular way of life. In rhetorical circles, imitation was
MIMESIS [μίμησις mimēsis; imitatio]. Imitation is a significant concept in Greco-Roman antiquity in philosophical discussions of the nature of reality, artistic representation, and education. Plato uses the concept in a number of different ways, but is most famous for banishing the poets from his ideal