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Diotrephes meaning

Διοτρεφης

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🔼The name Diotrephes in the Bible

The name Diotrephes occurs only once in the Bible: in 3 John 1:9, the author tells of a man named such.

Apparently, this Diotrephes is a leader of a local church and loves it because of the power it gives him. He also somehow accuses John and company falsely (he possibly disagrees with what John writes) and fails to show hospitality to brethren from outside his little church-club.

According to John, Diotrephes' fellow workers Gaius and Demetrius do a far better job (3 John 1:1 and 1:12).

🔼Etymology of the name Diotrephes

The name Diotrephes consists of two elements. The first part comes from Dios, which is the genitive form of Zeus:

The second part of our name comes from the verb τρεφω (trepho), which means to nourish or raise:

🔼Diotrephes meaning

The name Diotrephes means something like Cherished By Zeus or Raised By Zeus.