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“Epiphany” is the name of a feast that, since the 4th century CE, was celebrated by all the eastern and western churches on Jan 6. The most common Greek designation is ἐπιφάνεια (sometimes pl. τα ἐπιφάνια; Lat. epiphania or apparitio, or manifestatio) which has the meaning of “appearance, manifestation,” in particular of…

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Rouwhorst, Gerard, “Epiphany”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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