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Parakletos

Para means ‘next to’ or ‘alongside’. (A parachute is a device that ‘falls’ with you; a paramedic is someone who works alongside doctors) kaleo means ‘call’. Parakaleo therefore means (literally) ‘call alongside’ – but what might that mean in English? In … Continue reading

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Hilasterion

This word occurs only twice in the New Testament, although a closely related word (hilasmos) is also found twice, in the first letter of John. The hilasterion was the name given to the lid of the sacred Ark of the … Continue reading

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Metanoia

Meta as a prefix carries the meaning of ‘change’. (Metamorphosis is the process by which a caterpillar ‘changes form’ into a butterfly) Noia comes from the word nous, which means ‘mind’. Metanoia therefore means (literally) ‘a change of mind’ – … Continue reading

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