Attorney • Lawyers
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Lawyer. Term used primarily by Luke in his Gospel in reference to those learned in the Law of Moses.See Scribe.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Lawyer[Gk nomikós < nómos—‘law’]. An expert in the Jewish law, specifically the law of Moses; equivalent to “scribe” (grammateús) or “doctor of the law” (nomodidáskalos). See Scribes.The term nomikós is used adjectivally once in the NT (Tit. 3:9) in the context of disputes concerning the law (i.e.,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
LAWYER* Term used primarily by Luke in his Gospel in reference to those learned in the law of Moses. See Scribe.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
lawyer, an expert in the law. Titus 3:13 refers to Zenas, who is apparently an expert in Roman civil law, roughly analogous to a professional who might be called a lawyer today. Otherwise, the term refers to experts in Torah, i.e., the law of God, or simply the scriptures. The “lawyers” Jesus engages
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
LAWYER. The NT title nomikos was used of the scribes synonymously with grammateus (scribe) and nomodidaskalos (teacher of the law). All scribes were originally students of Scripture, but by The 2nd century bc lay scribes had begun to expound the minutiae of the law without direct reference to Scripture.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
LawyerA technical term (Gk. nomikós) used in the NT for a learned expert in law. While the Gospels have in mind experts in Jewish law (e.g., Luke 11:45–46), it appears that Zenas the lawyer (Tit. 3:13) is proficient in Roman law. Lawyers are mentioned with the Pharisees in several places in Luke (Luke
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Lawyer (Gk. nomikós).† An expert in the law of Moses (Matt. 22:35 par.; Luke 7:30; 11:45–46). The term is equivalent to Gk. grammateús, the more usual translation of Heb. sōp̱ēr “scribe.” Another equivalent term is Gk. nomodidáskalos “teacher of the law” (Luke 5:17; Acts 5:34; 1 Tim.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
LAWYER The title is used once in Matthew (22:35) and six times in Luke (7:30; 11:45–46; 14:3; 10:25) to refer to a legal scholar or scribe.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Lawyer. The title “lawyer” is generally supposed to be equivalent to the title “scribe.” The scribes expounded the law in the synagogues and schools. [See Scribes.]
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
LAWYER (Gk. nomikos, according to “law”). A term used to signify one who was conversant with the Mosaic law (Matt. 22:35; Luke 7:30; 10:25; 11:45; 14:3; Titus 3:13), and probably applied to a scribe (which see) in his practical administration of the law in the pronouncement of legal decisions. It is
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Lawyeramong the Jews, was one versed in the laws of Moses, which he expounded in the schools and synagogues (Matt. 22:35; Luke 10:25). The functions of the “lawyer” and “scribe” were identical. (See DOCTOR.)
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
LAWYER<lo’-yer> ([νομικός, nomikos], “according or pertaining to law,” i.e. legal; as noun, “an expert in law,” “about the law,” “lawyer” (Matthew 22:35; Luke 7:30; 10:25; 11:45, 46, 52; 14:3; Titus 3:13)): The work of the “lawyers,” frequently spoken of as “scribes,” also
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