Metanoia
(5,294 words)

The noun metanoia and the corresponding verb metanoein are only rarely used in the LXX: 27 times in all, the verb occurring 22 times, the noun only 5 times. The NT uses them more frequently, and they are found 24 times in the Synoptic Gospels, 7 times in the Pauline writings, once in 2 Pet and 12 times in Apoc. In common Greek usage, the words indicate a change of mind, which is the predominant sense in the classical period, or regret for past conduct, which is predominant among the Stoic writers of th…

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André Feuillet, “Metanoia”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_002590>
First published online: 2016



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