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An influential Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin who showed interest in Jesus’ teaching and possibly became a believer.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
NICODEMUS (PERSON) [Gk Nikodēmos (Νικοδημος)]. A fairly common Greek name in the 1st century meaning “conqueror of the people.” Its Semitic equivalent was “Naqdimon,” sometimes shortened to “Naqai.” The biblical individual of that name is mentioned only in the gospel of John (3:1, 4, 9; 7:50; 19:39).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Nicodemus. Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin mentioned only in John’s Gospel (20:30, 31). Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, acknowledging him as a teacher sent by God (3:2). He was convinced that Jesus could not perform such things if God were not with him. Following an interchange concerning the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
NICODEMUS Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin mentioned only in John’s Gospel (Jn 3:1–15; 7:50–52; 19:39–41). According to John 3, Nicodemus came to Jesus at night and acknowledged him as a teacher sent by God. He was convinced that Jesus could not perform such things if God were not with him. Following
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Nicodemus (nik´uh-dee´muhs), a Pharisee, a teacher of Israel, and a ruler of the Jews as described in the Gospel of John. Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night and engages him in conversation about the need to be born again (or, “from above”), God’s love for the world, and Jesus’s unique role as the Son
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
NICODEMUS. A Pharisee, a ruler of Jews (archōn, “ruler,” often used as a title for a member of the Sanhedrin, cf. Jn 7:50, “he … being one of them”), a teacher of Israel, and probably a very wealthy man (Jn 3:1, 10; 19:39). His nocturnal visit to Jesus was the occasion for the discourse on the new birth
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
NICODEMUS. The name is Gk. and means ‘conqueror of the people’. He is mentioned only in the Fourth Gospel, where he is described as a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews (i.e. a member of the Sanhedrin) who visited Jesus by night (Jn. 3:1–21). He seems to have been an earnest man attracted by the character
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Nicodemus (Gk. Nikódēmos)A Pharisee, a member of the Sanhedrin (“leader of the Jews”), and a scribe (“teacher of Israel”; John 3:1–14). Nicodemus came to Jesus at night (possibly so as not to compromise his position) as a person perplexed by Jesus’ discourse about the new birth. He later defends Jesus
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Nicodemus [nĭkˊədēˊməs] (Gk. Nikodēmos “conqueror of the people”). A Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin who came to Jesus during the night. Recognizing Jesus’ greatness, Nicodemus asked to be instructed more fully by him (John 3:1–2). Although he did not immediately understand Jesus’ words about
Catholic Bible Dictionary
NICODEMUS (Greek “conqueror of the People”) A Pharisee and member of the ruling class of Judea (John 3:1). Presumably this means that he sat on the Jewish high court known as the Sanhedrin (cf. John 7:48; 12:42). Jesus regarded him as a preeminent teacher in the country (John 3:10). Nicodemus is best
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Nicodemus. The Jew, learned in the Law and a member of the council of the *Sanhedrin, who came to Jesus by night and evoked the discourse narrated in Jn. 3:1–15 on Christian rebirth. He is afterwards shown as a partial sympathizer with Christ (Jn. 7:50) and as helping *Joseph of Arimathaea to give Him