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Ruler of the Synagogue
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A title of honor for one of several synagogue officials found in Jewish, Christian, and pagan sources. This official attended to both logistical and spiritual matters. The title was applied not only to men, but to women and children as well, being selected by appointment, election or even inheritance.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ruler of the Synagogue
Ruler of the Synagogue A title of honor for one of several synagogue officials found in Jewish, Christian, and pagan sources. This official attended to both logistical and spiritual matters. The title was applied not only to men, but to women and children as well, being selected by appointment, election
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Rulers of the Synagogue
RULERS OF THE SYNAGOGUE [Gk archisynagōgos (ἀρχισυναγωγος)]. A title of honor for one of several synagogue officials attested in ancient Jewish, Christian, and pagan literary sources and in inscriptions. “Ruler of the synagogue” is the most common Jewish title associated with the synagogue in antiquity.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ruler of the Synagogue
Ruler of the Synagogue. Senior official in the synagogue of NT times. It is generally understood that there was only one such official in any one synagogue.His function was to take care of the physical arrangements for the services of worship, the maintenance of the building and fabric, and to determine
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ruler of the Synagogue
Ruler of the Synagogue [Gk. archisynágōgos (Mk. 5:22, 36, 38; Acts 13:15; 18:8, 17), árchōn tḗs synagōgḗs (Lk. 8:41; 13:14)]; AV also CHIEF RULER OF THE SYNAGOGUE; NEB PRESIDENT OF THE SYNAGOGUE, PRESIDENT (Mk. 5:38), OFFICIAL OF THE SYNAGOGUE (Acts 13:15), “who held office in the synagogue” (18:8,
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ruler of the Synagogue
RULER OF THE SYNAGOGUE* Senior official in a synagogue of NT times. It is generally understood that there was only one such official in any one synagogue.His functions were to take care of the physical arrangements for the services of worship, to manage the maintenance of the building, and to determine
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ruler of the Synagogue
Ruler of the SynagogueOne of several offices of the Jewish synagogue. The ruler or “elder” or “head” (Gk. archisynágōgos) was responsible for maintaining order in the assembly (Luke 13:14), deciding who was to conduct public worship (Acts 13:15), and keeping the congregation faithful to the Torah (18:1–17).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ruler of the Synagogue
Ruler of the Synagogue (Gk. archisynágōgos, árchōn tḗs synagōgḗs). The administrator of a local synagogue whose task it was to supervise the business of the synagogue, to preside over the worship services (cf. Luke 13:14) and to choose from the men present who was to read from the Prophets
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Ruler of the Synagogue
Ruler of the SynagogueRuler of the Synagogue (Mark 5:35–38), the title of an office known from inscriptions and from analogy with Greco-Roman religion. The head or ruler of the synagogue was usually a wealthy and prominent member of the congregation who was charged especially with providing for the
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Ruler of the Synagogue
RULER OF THE SYNAGOGUE — the leader or president of a Synagogue. As an administrator, he was charged with supervision of all matters pertaining to the synagogue. He was not a dictator over the congregation. He was elected by the board of elders to oversee the worship services and the upkeep of the building.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Ruler of the Synagogue
ruler of the synagogue. This phrase, or the simpler “synagogue ruler,” is used to render Greek archisynagōgos G801, referring to the person chosen to care for the physical arrangements of the synagogue services (“president of the synagogue” would be the equivalent designation today). Several men serving
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
RULER OF SYNAGOGUE
RULER OF SYNAGOGUE [ἀρχισυνάγωγος archisynagōgos]. Although data are sparse concerning the specific functions of the leader (or official) of the synagogue, the role was apparently local and primarily administrative and liturgical, making provisions for and presiding over Sabbath worship. Given that