[German Version] 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
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), or to take possession of a person (
katochḗ, katokōchḗ, Lat.