Ecstasy
(940 words)

1. Scope of the Term

The broadest usage of “ecstasy” encompasses several semantic domains. Ethologically, the moment when the earliest hunter and his prey first met was probably one of united concentration on the encounter, of holding of breath and silence, of tense quiet along with the ability to spring very quickly into action.

1.1. On the human side the continuation and development of this basic attitude is a history of self-interpretation, with new socia…

Cite this page
Colpe, Carsten, “Ecstasy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E66>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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