Dynamis δύναμις
(2,049 words)

I. Name

Before becoming a divine name or epithet, ‘power’ (dynamis) has had a long and diversified history. As name or epithet, ‘power’ can be used in many different ways in biblical and post-biblical literature. This usage must be distinguished from more general notions of divine power. All of antiquity assumed that deities have power, dispense power, and interfere in human life with their power. The degree of power deities were …

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H. D. Betz, “Dynamis δύναμις”, 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 22 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Dynamis>

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