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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Stephen
Stephen (Στέφανος, Stephanos). The first Christian martyr. His life and ministry is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 6:5, 8–15; 7:1–60; 8:2; 11:19; 22:20).
Seven, the
Seven, the Seven men chosen by the Jerusalem church to distribute food, thereby allowing the apostles to focus on prayer and preaching the gospel (Acts 6:1–6).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Stephen (Person)
STEPHEN (PERSON) [Gk Stephanos (Στεφανος)]. One of the seven chosen by the Twelve to serve tables; he was the first Christian martyr (Acts 6–7). At the time that complaints were formulated by the Hellenists against the Hebrews, about the way in which their widows were treated when they were being assisted
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Stephen
Stephen. Important figure and first martyr of the apostolic church. For Luke, Stephen represents the growing Hellenistic interest of certain members in the early Jerusalem church. In addition, Stephen’s major speech (Acts 7:1–53) serves as a critique of traditional Judaism and suggests evangelization
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Stephen
Stephen [Gk. Stephanos]. The charismatic leader of the seven men elected to attend to the social welfare of the Hellenistic Jewish Christian widows (Acts 6:5), who made his mark through his pathbreaking understanding of the inherent newness of Christianity over against Judaism. Because of his convictions
Seven, The
Seven, The [Gk. hoi heptá] (Acts 21:8). A group of gifted leaders, “of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom,” chosen according to Acts 6:1–6 to look after the needs of the Hellenistic Jewish Christian widows, and referred to as “the seven” in 21:8.The Seven themselves appear to have been
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Stephen
STEPHEN One of the first deacons and the first martyr of the apostolic church. For Luke, Stephen represents the growing Hellenistic interest of certain members in the early Jerusalem church. In addition, Stephen’s major speech (Acts 7:1–53) serves as a critique of traditional Judaism and suggests evangelization
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Stephen
Stephen (stee´vuhn), a leader in the early Jerusalem church whose story appears in Acts 6:1–8:2. The other references to Stephen in the nt refer to this story (Acts 11:19; 22:20).According to Acts 6:1–6, a dispute had developed in the Jerusalem church between the “Hellenists” (probably Jewish Christians
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Stephen
STEPHEN. Hellenist member of the primitive Jerusalem Church. He first appears as one of the seven almoners or deacons appointed to supervise the daily distribution of charity to the widows and other poor members of the church and to ensure that there was no unfairness in the allocation between the Hellenists
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Stephen
STEPHEN (Gk. stephanos, ‘crown’). Stephen was one of the seven men chosen by the disciples soon after the resurrection to look after the distribution of assistance to the widows of the church, so that the apostles themselves should be free for their spiritual tasks (Acts 6:1–6). All seven had Gk. names,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Stephen
Stephen (Gk. Stéphanos)A leader in the Jerusalem church and the first Christian martyr. He was one of seven men chosen and approved, by both the Twelve and the community, for the daily distribution of food.The story of Stephen (Acts 6:1–8:2) relates to Jewish-Gentile conflicts in Jerusalem as well
Seven, the
Seven, theA designation for the seven men (Gk. hoi heptá) appointed by the Church and ordained by the apostles to “wait on tables” (NRSV mg “keep accounts”) and minister to the widows (Acts 6:1–6; cf. 21:8).See Deacon.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Stephen
Stephen [stēˊvən] (Gk. Stephanos “crown”). † One of the seven chosen as representatives of the Hellenists (Greek-speaking Jews) in the early Church in Jerusalem after a dispute concerning the daily distribution to the widows in the Church (Acts 6:1–5).As with Philip, another of the seven, the description
Seven, the
Seven, the (Gk. hoi heptá).* A designation for the seven men appointed by the Church and ordained by the apostles to “serve tables” and minister to the widows (Acts 6:1–6). The term appears at 21:8. See Deacon.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Stephen
STEPHEN One of the seven men chosen by the apostles to care for the needs of the widows within the community in Jerusalem (Acts 6:1–6). Described as “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit,” he was the first Christian martyr (Acts 6–7). As his name is Greek, it is likely that he was a Hellenist Jew
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Stephen
StephenStephen, member of the Seven, evangelist and the first known Christian martyr, makes his appearance in the NT solely in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 6:1–8:3). The Jerusalem church, acting at the direction of the Twelve, chose Stephen and six others to administer its charitable distribution
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