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I. Greco-Roman Antiquity – II. Bible – III. Dogmatics

I. Greco-Roman Antiquity

In the Greek realm, enthusiasm refers to a person's special relationship to a god, as was made apparent to others. The term offers something like an implicit theory for those alterations of behavior and claim that would otherwise be described as ékstasis or manía (see also Ecstasy). Linguistically, the relationship is encompassed within the bounds of “to enter into a person” (éntheon eínai), to inspire a person (empnoeín…

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Gladigow, Burkhard, Dunn, James D.G. and Hempelmann, Reinhard, “Enthusiasm”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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