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1. Biblical. The word χάρισμα was introduced into theological terminology by Paul. The synoptics, John and Acts are familiar with the phenomenon but have not the term, which is found in Rom, 1 and 2 Cor, 1 and 2 Tim and 1 Pet. Paul created a definite terminology to speak of the charisms, though for the spiritual gifts of grace described as χαρίσματα he also uses πνευματιϰά, διαϰονιαι and ὲνεργήματα (1 Cor 12). Paul’s approach is characterized by the effort, particularly visible in 1 Cor 12–14, to…

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Estevao Bettencourt, “Charisms”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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