Deaconess

Deaconess [N] [S]

Romans 16:1 Romans 16:3 Romans 16:12 ; Phil Romans 4:2 Romans 4:3 ; 1 Timothy 3:11 ; 1 Timothy 5:9 1 Timothy 5:10 ; Titus 2:3 Titus 2:4 ). In these passages it is evident that females were then engaged in various Christian ministrations. Pliny makes mention of them also in his letter to Trajan (A.D. 110).

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Deaconess". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Deaconess. [N] [E]

The word diakonos is found in ( Romans 16:1 ) (Authorized Version "servant") associated with a female name, and this has led to the conclusion that there existed in the apostolic age, as there undoubtedly did a little later, an order of women bearing that title, and exercising in relation to their own sex functions which were analogous to those of the deacons. On this hypothesis it has been inferred that the women mentioned in ( Romans 16:6 Romans 16:12 ) belonged to such an order. The rules given as to the conduct of women in ( 1 Timothy 3:11 ; Titus 2:3 ) have in like manner been referred to them, and they have been identified even with the "widows" of ( 1 Timothy 5:3-10 )


[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Deaconess'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.