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Diaconate/Deacon/Deaconess
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I. New Testament – II. Church History – III. Dogmatics – IV. Practical Theology – V. Church Law – VI. Catholic Church – VII. Orthodox Church

I. New Testament

Neither “deaconess” nor “diaconate” is an appropriate term for the NT era, and “deacon” should not be used as an exact translation of διάκονος/diákonos, since the three terms only later underwent an institutionalization that did not exist in NT tim…

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Osiek, Carolyn, Albrecht, Ruth, Zentgraf, Martin, Turre, Reinhard, Tiling, Peter v., Reininger, Dorothea and Theodorou, Evangelos D., “Diaconate/Deacon/Deaconess”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_03622>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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