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Parousia
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I. Classical Antiquity – II. The New Testament – III. Dogmatics

I. Classical Antiquity

The common Greek verb παρεῖναι/ pareínai, “be present, assist,” has a special sense when used with reference to deities. In the Hellenistic period, the noun παρουσία/ parousía became a technical term, referring to a ritual staging of the advent in which a god or king comes to dwell among his people (e.g. Tegea celebrates Hadrian’s visit as the advent of God: IG 5…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Parousia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024282>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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