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The notion of apokatastasis (ἀποκατάστασις) is that of restoration or restitution to an original state, from ἀποκαθίστημι, “I restore, reconstitute, return.”

In Greek the term apokatastasis had a variety of applications, from the medical field (somebody’s restoration to health from illness; a displaced limb’s restoration to its proper place) to the military or political (somebody’s restoration to one’s military unit or homeland after expulsion or exile) and especially the astrono…

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Ramelli, Ilaria L.E., “Apokatastasis”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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