Bible Names A-G
Diotrephes in Easton's Bible Dictionary
Jove-nourished, rebuked by John for his pride (3 John 1:9). He
was a Judaizer, prating against John and his fellow-
"with malicious words" (7).
Diotrephes in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
3 John 1:9, loving to have the preeminence" through
ambition. A Judaizer, who opposed the missionaries when
preaching grace to the Gentiles, see 3 John 1:7. He "prated
against" John and the orthodox "with malicious words"; he
"received not" John, by not receiving with love the brethren
whom John recommended (Matthew 10:40). His influence was so
great that he "cast out" of the church such as were disposed
to receive them. But Neander thinks that the missionaries
were Christian Jews who "took nothing of the Gentiles" (3
John 1:7), in contrast to the Jews who elsewhere abused
ministers' right of maintenance (2 Corinthians 11:22;
Philemon 3:2; Philemon 3:5; Philemon 3:19); and that
Diotrephes stood at the head of an ultra-Pauline party of
anti-Jewish tendency, forerunners of Marcion. This accounts
for Diotrephes' domineering opposition to the missionaries
and to John, whose love combined with truth sought to
harmonize the various elements in the Asiatic churches.
Demetrius is praised as of the opposite spirit to
Diotrephes; as the former was to be followed, so the latter
to be shunned (3 John 1:11-12). Perhaps Diotrephes as the
local bishop simply resented the interference of John's
apostolic legates as an infringement of his personal rights.
For whereas in the 2nd Epistle of John corruption of
doctrine is spoken of as disqualifying one from the
hospitality of the church, in this 3rd Epistle no hint is
given of erroneous doctrine; but only of Diotrephes' "love
Diotrephes and the presbyters influenced by him
(whether as their bishop or not) treated the apostle's
messengers as persons claiming an authority derogatory to
his own. But John (3 John 1:10) uses language implying his
own unquestionable power of restraining Diotrephes's
"prating" opposition: such as none but an apostle could
properly have employed, an indirect confirmation of the
Johannine authorship of the epistle.
Diotrephes in Hitchcock's Bible Names
nourished by Jupiter
Diotrephes in Naves Topical Bible
A false teacher
Diotrephes in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(nourished by Jove), a Christian mentioned in 3Jo 1:9 but of
whom nothing is known.
Diotrephes in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
di-ot'-re-fez (Diotrephes): A person mentioned in 3 Jn 1:9,10
as contentiously resisting the writer's authority and
forbidding others from exercising the Christian hospitality
which he himself refused to show. The words "who loveth to
have the preeminence, among them" may indicate that he was a
church official, abusing his position.chief stars in the
constellation of the Twins. Some 4,000 years BC they served as
pointers to mark the beginning of the new year by setting
together with the first new moon of springtime. The
constellation of the Twins was supposed to be especially
favorable to sailors, hence, ships were often placed under the
protection of the twin gods.
Diotrephes in Wikipedia
was a man mentioned in the (3 John, verses 9–11). His name
means "fed by Jupiter". As Raymond E. Brown comments,
"Diotrephes is not a particularly common name."
In addition to being ambitious, proud, disrespectful of
apostolic authority, rebellious, and inhospitable, the
author of the letter says that Diotrephes tried to hinder
those desiring to show hospitality to the brothers and to
expel these from the congregation. Not even the location of
Diotrephes' church can be determined from the letter. It is
debatable whether the antipathy expressed in 3 John is based
on "a theological dispute, a clash of competing
eccesiastical authorities,a disagreement about financial
responsibilities for the mission, or personal dislike".
Adolf von Harnack was of the view that Diotrephes was the
first monarchical bishop of whom we have the name.
The following is the passage and notes from the New English
1:9 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes,
who loves to be first among them, does not acknowledge
us. 1:10 Therefore, if I come, I will call attention
to the deeds he is doing – the bringing of unjustified
charges against us with evil words! And not being content
with that, he not only refuses to welcome the brothers
himself, but hinders the people who want to do so and throws
them out of the church! 1:11 Dear friend, do not imitate
what is bad but what is good. The one who does good is of
God; the one who does what is bad has not seen God.
Diotrephes Scripture - 3 John 1:9
I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have
the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.