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deaconess


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deaconess  \Dea"con*ess\,  n.  (Eccl.) 
  A  female  deacon;  as: 
  a  (Primitive  Ch.)  One  of  an  order  of  women  whose  duties 
  resembled  those  of  deacons. 
  b  (Ch.  of  Eng.  and  Prot.  Epis.  Ch.)  A  woman  set  apart  for 
  church  work  by  a  bishop. 
  c  A  woman  chosen  as  a  helper  in  church  work  as  among  the 
  Congregationalists. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deaconess 
  n  :  a  woman  deacon 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Deaconess 
  Rom.  16:1,  3,  12;  Phil.  4:2,  3;  1  Tim.  3:11;  5:9,  10;  Titus  2:3, 
  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). 
 




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