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The word “eulogia” (Gk. eulogia, “a blessing”) is used for the Heb. bĕrākâ, signifying both divine blessing and human praise. In the OT only God and people are blessed, never things, but in the NT things can also be the objects of eulogia. Closely related Greek terms are eulogeō (“praise, bless”) and eucharisteō (“thank”). In a significant reinterpretation, “eulogia” shifted from the praising of God for things to a blessing of the things themselves, especially bread and light.

From the third century, eulogia came to be used for the bread distributed at a common meal, in distinc…

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Schnitker, Thaddeus A., “Eulogia”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 18 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E509>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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