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Although the combination of en and ergon can be found in earlier writings, the term energeia appears for the first time in the works of Aristotle. Discussing the etymology, he derives it from the term to ergon meaning “deed” or “thing done” (Arist. Metaph. 9.8.1050a.22–23). However, it seems to be an abstract noun from the adjective energos, which means “active,” “effective,” or “busy” (Beere, 2…

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Stępień, Tomasz, “Energeia”, 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 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2021

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