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Diakonos
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(διάκονος; diákonos, literally ‘servant’). The word group διακονεῖν/diakoneîn, diákonos, διακονία/diakonía ─ ‘to serve’ (especially at table), ‘servant’, ‘service’ ─ emphasized service as a favour to someone while δουλεύειν/douleúein etc. emphasized the dependency relationship in service. Therefore, in the NT diakonía generally describes a ‘service’ modelled on the brotherly love of Jesus, whose work of salvation was understood as a ‘service’ to humanity (Mk 10,45). Diakonos as the term for a church office is only tentatively encountered in th…

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Heimgartner, Martin (Halle), “Diakonos”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12221140>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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