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1. The concept charisma (Gk., ‘kindness,’ ‘complaisance,’ ‘gift’; from cháris, ‘amiability,’ ‘charm,’ ‘benevolence,’ ‘physical attractiveness’), has undergone a change of meaning in its history. Originally it is to be traced back to the Apostle Paul, who used it in strong dependence on the Christian gifts of ‘grace’ (such as prophetical speech, instruction and admonition, mercy), and on offices or responsibilities. This notion does not…

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Bernard, Jutta and Kehrer, Günter, “Charisma”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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