Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

Get access Subject: Biblical Studies and Early Christianity
Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking and Pieter W. van der Horst

The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online contains academic articles on the named gods, angels, and demons in the books of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and Apocrypha, as well as the New Testament and patristic literature. This online version contains the second extensively revised edition.

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Dynamis δύναμις

(2,049 words)

Author(s): H. D. Betz
I. Name Before becoming a divine name or epithet, ‘power’ ( dynamis) has had a long and diversified history. As name or epithet, ‘power’ can be used in many different ways in biblical and post-biblical literature. This usage must be distinguished from more general notions of divine power. All of antiquity assumed that deities have power, dispense power, and interfere in human life with their power. The degree of power deities were believed to control determined their status and place in hierarchies as well…