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The term “word” is multifaceted. In the patristic field, it designates the word of God and the human word. The divine word indicates both the eternal Son of God (John 1:1) and the holy Scriptures. The human word, in turn, has various aspects; this article tackles three of them: the human word and theology, the relationship between terms and meanings, and the problem of the meaning of names. These topics have…

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Fernández, Samuel, “Word”, 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 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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