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See also ambassador, angel
  1. སྐུ་​ཚབ།

    [lit. hon. + representative]

    Biblical: an honorific term for any representative (AMD): 1) an apostle, a representative of Jesus Christ: སྐུ་​ཚབ་​བཅུ་​གཉིས་​ཀྱི་​མཚན། the names of the twelve apostles (Mt. 10:2), སྐུ་​ཚབ་​དང་​ལུང་​སྟོན་​པ་​རྣམས། apostles and prophets (Eph. 2:20); 2) used in a special sense of Jesus: སྐུ་​ཚབ་​དང་​བླ་​ཆེན་​ཡེ་​ཤུ། the Apostle and high priest Jesus (Heb. 3:1); 3) སྐུ་​ཚབ། a term used by the Apostle Paul as a metaphor for his apostolic office ལྕགས་​སྒྲོག་​གིས་​བཅིངས་​པའི་​སྐུ་​ཚབ། an ambassador in chains (Eph. 6:20).

    Buddhist: see ambassador.

    Cognates: 1) རྒྱལ་​ཚབ། regent, crown prince; 2) ཚབ། in place of: སྦྱིན་​བདག་​གི་​ཚབ་​བྱས་​སོ། [I] acted in place of the owner (DPD); 3) a substitute: ཕ་​ཚབ་​མ་​ཚབ། houseparents, foster parents (DPD).

  2. མི་​སྣ།

    [lit. messenger, see ཕོ་​ཉ།]

    Biblical: 1) an apostle: མི་​སྣའི་​ལས་​ཚན་​དུ་​བོས། called to be an apostle (Rom. 1:1 SV); 2) title used in 1903 NT for the Book of Acts.

    Secular: personnel, class of people སྨན་​བཅོས་​མི་​སྣ་​རྣམས། medical workers (BFT 20), བོད་​ཀྱི་​གསོ་​རིག་​ཆེད་​གཉེར་​མི་​སྣ་​ ༨༠༠། eight hundred specialists in Tibetan medicine (TMB 25), མི་​སྣ་​གསར་​པ། new personnel (SLR 10), གཙང་​སྦྲའི་​མི་​སྣ། sanitation workers (SLR 15), གཙོ་​འཛིན་​མི་​སྣ། a leading figure (SBC-1, 61).