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Maranatha first occurs in Christian literature in an authentic letter by our earliest Christian author, the apostle Paul (1 Cor 16:22; Paul [Apostle]), and in the Didache. A related phrase occurs in Revelation (22:20). Maranatha is undoubtedly the Aramaic phrase, written in Greek letters, for “Our Lord, come” (in the imperative) or “Our Lord has come” (in the perfect tense). The matter …

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Hannah, Darrell D., “Maranatha”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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