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Martha
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Martha (Person)
MARTHA (PERSON) [Gk Martha (Μαρθα)]. Martha (from the Aramaic meaning “lady” or “mistress”) appears in the gospel of Luke as the sister of Mary (Luke 10:38–42). She reappears in the gospel of John as the sister of Mary and Lazarus (John 11:1–12:11). The family were inhabitants of Bethany, a town located
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Martha
Martha. Sister of Mary and Lazarus, and friend of Jesus. Martha’s family lived in Bethany, a small town on the eastern slope of the Mt of Olives. It is possible that Martha was the wife of Simon the leper.Luke gives an account of an incident concerning Martha when she was busy preparing and serving
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Martha
Martha mär̀thə [Gk. Martha < Aram mārtāʾ—‘lady’ or ‘mistress (of the house)’]. A friend of Jesus; the sister of Mary and Lazarus, who lived in Bethany (Lk. 10:38–39; Jn. 11:1f, 18f, 39; 12:2). Although Luke may appear to locate Martha’s house in southern Galilee, the central section of his Gospel
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Martha
MARTHA Sister of Mary and Lazarus, and friend of Jesus. Martha’s family lived in Bethany, a small town on the eastern slope of the Mt of Olives.Luke gives an account of an incident concerning Martha when she was busy preparing and serving food while her sister, Mary, was listening to Jesus. Martha complained
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Martha
Martha (mahr´thuh; Aramaic, “lady” or “mistress”; feminine of mar, “lord”), a close friend and follower of Jesus as attested by Luke and John. According to Luke 10:38–42 Martha invited Jesus into her home, where she appeared to be the head of the household. She is described as “distracted by her many
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Martha
MARTHA. Mentioned by name only in Luke and John. Martha was a member of the famous family group which included, besides herself, her sister Mary and her brother Lazarus. Martha figures in three incidents, in each of which our Lord also appears. In Lk 10:38–42 she is placed in contrast to Mary. Martha
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Martha
MARTHA. The name derives from an Aram. form not found in Heb., meaning ‘lady’ or ‘mistress’. It occurs only in the NT, and is used of only one person (Lk. 10:38–41; Jn. 11:1, 5, 19–39; 12:2). Martha was the sister of the Mary who anointed our Lord shortly before his death (Mt. 26:6ff., and parallels);
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Martha
Martha (Gk. Mártha)Along with her sister Mary and her brother Lazarus, a close friend and disciple of Jesus (John 11:5). Martha (from Aram. mārṯāʾ, “lady”) appears early in the Gospels as a worried host preoccupied with preparing a meal for Jesus. Her sister had chosen to listen to Jesus’ teachings
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Martha
Martha [märˊthə] (Gk. Martha, from Aram. mārṯā˒ “mistress, hostess” [fem. form of mar “lord, master”]).† The sister of Mary and Lazarus (Luke 10:38–39; John 11:1, 21). In all three accounts of visits of Jesus with Martha, she takes a leading role—as a homeowner and hostess (Luke 10:38–40;
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Martha
MARTHA (Aramaic, “lady” or “mistress”) The sister of Mary (Luke 10:38–42) and Lazarus (John 11:1–12:11). The family lived in Bethany, approximately two miles east of Jerusalem (about 15 stadia, or about 3.2 kilometers; John 11:18). The Gospel accounts suggest that Martha was the elder of the two sisters,
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Martha, St
Martha, St. The sister of Mary and *Lazarus, who received Christ in her house during His ministry. From the incident related in Lk. 10:38–42, she is commonly regarded as typifying the ‘active’ Christian life as contrasted with Mary, who typifies the ‘contemplative’. Acc. to a medieval legend, Martha,
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