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Elements (Stoicheia)
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The significance of the term στοιχεῖα (“elements”) in early Christianity arises from its occurrence in seven instances within the New Testament: within the Pauline and deuteropauline literature (Pauline Pseudepigraphic Letters), the term appears in Galatians (4:3, 9) and Colossians (2:8, 20), and the other three occurrences are found in Hebrews (5:12) and 2 Peter (3:10, 12). In several of these passages the meaning is quite evident and unproblematic; however…

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Roth, Dieter T., “Elements (Stoicheia)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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