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Paraclete Παράκλητος
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I. Name

Paraclete occurs in the Gospel of John as a name, or an epithet of the Holy Spirit, and in 1 John as a title of Jesus Christ. Paraklētos is a verbal adjective of parakaleō. In common Greek usage it means ‘called to one’s aid’, ‘summoned’, and as a substantive ‘legal assistant, advocate’, or, in a more general sense, ‘intercessor’. The reference is nearly almost to human persons, not to divine beings.

II. Identity

In John 14–16 the name Paraclete occurs four times (John 14.16–17, John 26; John 15.26; John 1…

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J. Reiling, “Paraclete Παράκλητος”, 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 19 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Paraclete>

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