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Definition of Bishop

Bishop

  1. A spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director.
  2. In the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican or Protestant Episcopal churches, one ordained to the highest order of the ministry, superior to the priesthood, and generally claiming to be a successor of the Apostles. The bishop is usually the spiritual head or ruler of a diocese, bishopric, or see.
  3. In the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents.
  4. A piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called archer.
  5. A beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar.
  6. An old name for a woman's bustle.
  7. To admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor.
  8. To make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as, to bishop an old horse or his teeth.

Bishop Quotations

Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ's vineyard.
Pope John Paul II

Wherever the bishop appears, there let the people be, even as wheresoever Christ Jesus is, there is the catholic church.
Ignatius of Antioch

The African American's relationship to Africa has long been ambivalent, at least since the early nineteenth century, when 3,000 black men crowded into Bishop Richard Allen's African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia to protest noisily a plan to recolonize free blacks in Africa.
Henry Louis Gates

In order to the existence of such a ministry in the Church, there is requisite an authority received from God, and consequently power and knowledge imparted from God for the exercise of such ministry; and where a man possesses these, although the bishop has not laid hands upon him according to his traditions, God has Himself appointed him.
John Wycliffe

I have to go on being a priest and bishop, that is, to celebrate God and what God has done in Jesus, and to offer in God's name whatever I can discern of God's perspective on the world around - something which involves both challenge and comfort.
Rowan Williams
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Bishop Translations

bishop in Afrikaans is biskop
bishop in Danish is biskop
bishop in Dutch is bisschop
bishop in German is Bischof
bishop in Latin is episcopus
bishop in Spanish is obispo
bishop in Swedish is biskop
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