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The term οὐσία/ousia an abstract noun associated with the verb “to be” (εἰμί/eimi), which signifies various notions and was traditionally translated into Latin as substantia. Although it is an abstract term in Greek, it can be ascribed not only to general but also to specific designates. Ousia appears thre…

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Stępień, Tomasz, “Ousia”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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