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Πλήρωμα (“fullness”; pl. πλήρωματα) is a Greek word that assumed particular importance as a terminus technicus for divine presence in early Christian literature and especially our evidence regarding Gnosticism (Gnosis/Gnosticism). In classical and Hellenistic Greek, πλήρωμα appeared in non-technical, colloquial, and everyday usages to denote a compl…

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Burns, Dylan M., “Pleroma”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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