Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access

Bishop (Episcopos)
(6,245 words)

In many Christian churches (e.g. the Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Old Catholic Churches), the word “bishop” indicates a spiritual and religious leader, most often but not always somebody who exercises oversight of a diocese. Dioceses were in the last phase of the Roman Empire larger administrative…

Cite this page
Koet, Bart J. , “Bishop (Episcopos)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180921

▲   Back to top   ▲