- a manifestation or appearance of God or a god to a person.
Origin of theophany
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But the result of the theophany is small only in the same fashion as its cause was small.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1
The expression is notable, for the song of the sky is thunder and the theophany that of Sinai.The Lords of the Ghostland
They do not deny a theophany in the gift of Christianity; but they deny two very different things, viz.:—1.
That this is theophany alone;—that is, they look for some divine elements elsewhere; and they look for some human here.
In all these cases the angels, like the Mal'akh Yahweh, are connected with or represent a theophany.
- theol a manifestation of a deity to man in a form that, though visible, is not necessarily material
C17: from Late Latin theophania, from Late Greek theophaneia, from theo- + phainein to show
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Word Origin and History for theophany
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