Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online

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God (II) Θεός
(2,601 words)

I. Name

The word θεός occurs 5302 times in the Greek Bible: 3984 occurrences in the LXX and 1318 in the NT. In almost all of these instances the word refers to the God of Israel, Yahweh (and of course in the plural to pagan gods); some exceptions will be discussed below. In Greek literature the terms θεός, ὁ θεός, θεοί, οἱ θεοί, and later also το θεῖον, are often used without much difference in meaning (Gigon 1965:194). The word is of uncertain etymology. The only aspect to be dealt with in this e…

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P. W. van der Horst, “God (II) Θεός”, 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 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Godii>

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