Bible Names A-G
Diotrephes in Wikipedia
was a man mentioned in the (3 John, verses 9–11). His name
means "fed by Jupiter". As Raymond E. Brown comments,
"Diotrephes is not a particularly common name."
In addition to being ambitious, proud, disrespectful of
apostolic authority, rebellious, and inhospitable, the
author of the letter says that Diotrephes tried to hinder
those desiring to show hospitality to the brothers and to
expel these from the congregation. Not even the location of
Diotrephes' church can be determined from the letter. It is
debatable whether the antipathy expressed in 3 John is based
on "a theological dispute, a clash of competing
eccesiastical authorities,a disagreement about financial
responsibilities for the mission, or personal dislike".
Adolf von Harnack was of the view that Diotrephes was the
first monarchical bishop of whom we have the name.
The following is the passage and notes from the New English
1:9 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes,
who loves to be first among them, does not acknowledge
us. 1:10 Therefore, if I come, I will call attention
to the deeds he is doing – the bringing of unjustified
charges against us with evil words! And not being content
with that, he not only refuses to welcome the brothers
himself, but hinders the people who want to do so and throws
them out of the church! 1:11 Dear friend, do not imitate
what is bad but what is good. The one who does good is of
God; the one who does what is bad has not seen God.