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A History of CharismaPaul Invents Charisma

A History of Charisma: Paul Invents Charisma [The meaning of charisma as a special quality or gift within certain individuals derives from the New Testament writings of Paul. In his epistles, written in Greek in the period c. AD 50–62, Paul endowed the word with a religious significance: he used ‘charisma’ to mean ‘the gift of God’s grace’. The term is strongly linked to the older Greek word charis, which occupies a crucial role in Pauline theology as the grace of God offering salvation. Paul utilised the word ‘charisma’ to signify the various ‘gifts’ — including spiritual and supernatural abilities — ensuing from this divine grace.1] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A History of CharismaPaul Invents Charisma

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2009
ISBN
978-1-349-36242-4
Pages
23 –50
DOI
10.1057/9780230244832_3
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The meaning of charisma as a special quality or gift within certain individuals derives from the New Testament writings of Paul. In his epistles, written in Greek in the period c. AD 50–62, Paul endowed the word with a religious significance: he used ‘charisma’ to mean ‘the gift of God’s grace’. The term is strongly linked to the older Greek word charis, which occupies a crucial role in Pauline theology as the grace of God offering salvation. Paul utilised the word ‘charisma’ to signify the various ‘gifts’ — including spiritual and supernatural abilities — ensuing from this divine grace.1]

Published: Sep 28, 2015

Keywords: Christian Faith; Reciprocity System; Christian Community; Spiritual Power; Free Gift

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