Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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Almighty παντοκράτωρ
(2,307 words)

I. Name

pantokratōr, ‘almighty’, ‘all-sovereign’, ‘controlling all things’, as a divine designation, occurs both as an adjective and as a noun. Found relatively rarely in pagan literature, it is used frequently for God in the LXX and in early Jewish writings. In the NT this is continued in the Revelation of John, which calls God pantokratōr 9 times. Otherwise, the word can be found once more in Paul (2 Cor. 6.18), and there it is a quotation from the OT.

II. Identity

In the pagan sphere, pantokratōr occurs fr…

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R. Feldmeier, “Almighty παντοκράτωρ”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Almighty>

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