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Inner Person
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I. Concept – II. Antiquity – III. New Testament – IV. Early Church – V. Systematic Theology

I. Concept

The notion of a “real person” residing within the outer human being is widely attested in ancient literature and became part of a comprehensive system of metaphors by the time of Hellenism at the latest. However, this notion is conveyed through very different terms, corresponding also to conceptions of rather differing nature. The single E…

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Markschies, Christoph, Burkert, Walter, Betz, Hans Dieter and Heesch, Matthias, “Inner Person”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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