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Mediator (II) μεσίτης
(2,083 words)

I. Name

The term mesitēs originates from Hellenistic legal terminology and was usually a technical term for a mediator or intermediary between two or more parties, such as the peace negotiator, the arbitrator between two legal parties, the witnesses in a legal transaction, the neutral party with whom a disputed object could be deposited, or the guarantor (see Schultess 1931 and Oepke 1942). Especially in the Hellenistic-Jewish sphere mesitēs is also used figuratively for the mediator between peo…

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R. Feldmeier, “Mediator (II) μεσίτης”, 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 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Mediatorii>

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