noun, plural the·oph·a·nies.
a manifestation or appearance of God or a god to a person.
Origin of theophany
1625–35;Related formsthe·o·phan·ic [thee-uh-fan-ik] /ˌθi əˈfæn ɪk/, the·oph·a·nous, adjective
< Late Latin theophania
< Late Greek theopháneia.
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Historical Examples of theophany
But the result of the theophany is small only in the same fashion as its cause was small.
The expression is notable, for the song of the sky is thunder and the theophany that of Sinai.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for theophany
noun plural -nies
Derived Formstheophanic (θɪəˈfænɪk) or theophanous, adjective
theol a manifestation of a deity to man in a form that, though visible, is not necessarily material
Word Origin for theophany
C17: from Late Latin theophania, from Late Greek theophaneia, from theo- + phainein to show
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Word Origin and History for theophany
1630s, from Late Latin theophania, from Greek theophaneia, from theos "god" (see Thea) + phainein "to show" (see phantasm).
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