Nike Νίκη
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I. Name

Nike was the Greek deity of victory whose popularity grew rapidly in the mid-sixth century bce Greek world. Lacking any extended myths and rarely worshipped, she was hardly an independent deity in her own right; she was a feature or attribute of Athena: and thus esteemed and revered as the giver and rewarder of victory. Several names in the New Testament reveal etymological connections with nikē: e.g. Nikanor and Nikolaos in Acts 6.5; Nikodemos in John 3.1–9; John 7.50 and John 19.39, as well as a group of people, ca…

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L. J. Alderink, “Nike Νίκη”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>

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