apostle

Definitions

  • Church of the Apostles
    Church of the Apostles
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Apostle (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
    • n Apostle any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people
    • n apostle an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform "an apostle of revolution"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apostle (Civ. & Admiralty Law) A brief letter dimissory sent by a court appealed from to the superior court, stating the case, etc.; a paper sent up on appeals in the admiralty courts.
    • Apostle Literally: One sent forth; a messenger. Specifically: One of the twelve disciples of Christ, specially chosen as his companions and witnesses, and sent forth to preach the gospel. "He called unto him his disciples, and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles ."
    • Apostle The missionary who first plants the Christian faith in any part of the world; also, one who initiates any great moral reform, or first advocates any important belief; one who has extraordinary success as a missionary or reformer; as, Dionysius of Corinth is called the apostle of France, John Eliot the apostle to the Indians, Theobald Mathew the apostle of temperance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apostle A person sent to execute some important business: among the Jews of the Christian epoch, a title borne by persons sent on foreign missions, especially by those commissioned to collect the temple tribute; specifically adopted by Christ as the official title of twelve of his disciples chosen and sent forth to preach the gospel to the world (Luke vi. 13); afterward applied in the New Testament to others who performed apostolic functions, as Paul and Barnabas, and once to Christ himself (Heb. iii. 1). In the Greek Church this title is given “not only to the Twelve, but to the Seventy Disciples, and to other Apostolic men who were the companions of the Apostles properly so called.” (J. M. Neale.) In later usage the title has been given to the first Christian missionaries in any part of the world, and to the pioneers of any great moral reform: as, St. Augustine, the apostle of the English; St. Boniface, the apostle of Germany; St. Francis Xavier, the apostle of the Indies; John Eliot, the apostle to the Indians; Theobald Mathew, the apostle of temperance.
    • n apostle In the Mormon Ch., the title of an official whose duty it is to be a special witness of the name of Christ, to build up and preside over the church, and to administer in all its ordinances. There are twelve of these officials, who rank next after the president and his two assistants, and constitute a Presiding High Council charged with the penal regulation of the affairs of the church and the settlement of important matters.
    • n apostle In the liturgy of the early church, and in the modern Greek Church, the lesson from the epistles, usually taken from the writings of St. Paul; also, a book containing these lessons, printed in the order in which they are to be read.
    • n apostle In law, a brief statement of a case sent by a court whence an appeal has been taken to a superior court. This sense belonged to the Latin apostolus among the Roman jurists, and was commonly used until a late date in the tribunals of the Roman Catholic Church.
    • n apostle Nautical, a knighthead or bollard-timber where hawsers and heavy ropes are belayed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apostle a-pos′l one sent to preach the gospel: specially, one of the twelve disciples of Christ: the founder of the Christian Church in a country, e.g. Augustine, the apostle of the English; Columba, of the Scots; Boniface, of Germany, &c.: the principal champion or supporter of a new system, or of some cause: the highest in the fourfold ministry of the Catholic and Apostolic Church: one of the twelve officials forming a presiding high council in the Mormon Church
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Quotations

  • Horace Mann
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    “I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.”
  • Salman Rushdie
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    “Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. apostle, apostel, postle, AS. apostol, L. apostolus, fr. Gr. messenger, one sent forth or away, fr. to send off or away; from + to send; akin to G. stellen, to set, E. stall,: cf. F. apôtre, Of. apostre, apostle, apostele, apostole,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; one sent away, apo, away, stell-ein, to send.

Usage

In literature:

How can St. Paul, who insists continually that he is one of the apostles, call them, without self-complacency, God's holy apostles?
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians" by Charles Gore
Ferrey found a deep maroon colour on the figures of the Apostles, and a dark colour painted with stars in the Resurrection tier.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
Even the Apostles had no plan, no foresight of future development.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
THE AGE OF THE APOSTLES.
"Sketches of Church History" by James Craigie Robertson
It occurred on the day of Pentecost and those converts continued in the apostles' doctrine and bore good fruit.
"Dorothy Page" by Eldridge B. Hatcher
And how can men speak in the name of God except as His apostles, as men commissioned and sent from Him?
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. II" by Charles Gore
Name the twelve apostles and note some interesting facts of their lives 96, 97 L.J.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
It was clear the Apostles did not, or they would not have tried to prevent them from coming forward.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
The Apostle is, however, silent about the revelations of God in nature and in conscience.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
Even to the end he was unsuspected by his fellow-Apostles; and to the end he had an active conscience.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St John, Vol. II" by Marcus Dods
Thus, community of goods, prevalent in the time of the Apostles, gradually ceased.
"Saint Bonaventure" by Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M.
We talk familiarly of twelve tribes and of twelve apostles.
"Misread Passage of Scriptures" by J. Baldwin Brown
Thou art the joy of the prophets, the ornament of the apostles, the life of the angels, the crown of the saints.
"Mary, Help of Christians" by Various
Thou art the joy of the prophets, the ornament of the apostles, the life of the angels, the crown of the saints.
"Mary, the Help of Christians" by Bonaventure Hammer
Jesus, master of the apostles, have mercy on us.
"General Catholic Devotions" by Bonaventure Hammer
Red, the symbol of fortitude, is used on the feast of Pentecost, of the Exaltation of the Cross, of the apostles and martyrs.
"Reasonableness of Catholic Ceremonies and Practices" by John J. Burke
Did Peter receive them, and John and James not receive them, and the rest of the Apostles?
"The Church of England cleared from the charge of Schism" by Thomas William Allies
Conversely, it was Paul's lack in this respect which lay at the root of his difficulties as an apostle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
The Russians revere him as the apostle who brought the gospel to them; the Scots, as the patron saint of their country.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The Four Lists of the Twelve Apostles .
"A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ" by Archibald Thomas Robertson
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In poetry:

The Twelve Apostles by him:
Matthew and Mark and John,
Luke, the Evangelists nigh him,
So he fight not alone.
"A Woman Commends Her Little Son" by Katharine Tynan
When the great Apostle spoke
To Judea's tyrant lord,
Felix trembled as he woke
Conscience, with his awful word.
"Felix trembled" by John Bowring
Or that he should make such ado,
By justice, and by grace;
By prophets and apostles too,
That men might see his face?
"An Introduction To The Ensuing Discourse." by John Bunyan
When, as the Apostles knelt
At the third hour in prayer,
A sudden rushing sound proclaimed
That God Himself was there.
"Above the Starry Spheres" by Augusta Treverorum
Had his Apostles shared the globe;
Had all the Orient gems,
That deck the royal Persian's robe,
Blazed on their diadems;—
"Hymns for Communion VII" by John Pierpont
Marat keeps line with Spartacus,
Lone Dantes grimly stalk;
The meagre Knights of Labour "push"
With the Twelve Apostles walk.
"May Day" by Bernard O Dowd

In news:

Apostle Jonathan Gathers has not received any gifts yet.
Apostle Jonathan Gathers is now a member of 720therock.com.
About two miles of coastline from Cornucopia to the Apostle Islands sea caves had a light coating of blue-green algae.
Guided adventure around Wisconsin's Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
This tour includes one night in Bayfield, Wis. And three nights on various Apostle Islands, such as Sand or Oak islands.
The final meal Christ shared with his 12 apostles is being dramatized by a local Catholic group for the 12th year.
Lillie Scherf, St Paul the Apostle School.
Detail from Lydia Entertaining Christ and the Apostles (Tiffany Studios/MOBIA).
Let's just say we think it made the apostles blush.
Onetime Hartford Gangster, "Church Apostle," Guilty Of Child Sex Charges.
On Outer Island in the Apostles on Lake Superior.
Barack Obama and his apostles.
St Peter the Apostle Church, located at 7718 Columbine Drive in Louisville's Southend, is home to the St Polycarp quilters.
How Artists Imagine the Apostle to the Apostles.
This visit is referred to as the "ad limina apostolorum", meaning, "at the threshold of the apostles".
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In science:

For some Sokal was the apostle of Enlightenment against the post-modern obscurantists.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
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