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Bible Dictionary: Define oikonomos, Definition of oikonomos

3623 οικονομος oikonomos oy-kon-om'-os

from 3624 and the base of 3551; TDNT-5:149,674; {See TDNT 539} n m

AV-steward 8, chamberlain 1, governor 1; 10

1) the manager of household or of household affairs
1a) esp. a steward, manager, superintendent (whether free-born or as was usually the case, a freed-man or a slave) to whom the head of the house or proprietor has intrusted the management of his affairs, the care of receipts and expenditures, and the duty of dealing out the proper portion to every servant and even to the children not yet of age
1b) the manager of a farm or landed estate, an overseer
1c) the superintendent of the city's finances, the treasurer of a city (or of treasurers or quaestors of kings)
2) metaph. the apostles and other Christian teachers and bishops and overseers

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