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Charisma
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1. The NT

1.1. Term

The term “charisma” occurs in Hellenistic Jewish writings only in textually uncertain passages. It finds broad attestation for the first time in Paul and in works influenced by him. It is rare in secular Greek, being used only from the second century a.d. in the basic sense of “gift,” “present,” or “charitable act.”

1.2. Paul

1.2.1. Basic Meaning

We occasionally find the basic meaning “gift” in Paul (Rom. 1:11; 6:23). More specifically, we also find the sense “gift that comes from God’s act of salvation” (e.g…

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Merkel, Helmut and Wallis, Roy, “Charisma”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C374>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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