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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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(Κυρία, "lady," 2 John 1:1; 2 John 1:5), a Greek term signifying mistress, and used as an honorary title of address to a female (so Epict. Ench. 40), as in English. But in 2 John it appears to be the proper name of the distinguished female to whom John directed his epistle (see Alford, Gr. Test. vol. v, proleg p. 185 sq.), That Cyria was often a proper name of females among the Greeks there is no doubt (Gruteri Inscript. p, 1127). Others regard the associated term ἐκλεκτή ("elect") as a proper name, q. d. Electa (q. o), and the word in question as a common title. (See JOHN, EPISTLES OF).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Cyria'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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