(Christian theology) the love of God or Christ for mankind
agape, agape love(noun)
selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)
agape, love feast(adj)
a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship
with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
"the gaping audience"; "we stood there agape with wonder"; "with mouth agape"
the love of God for mankind, or the benevolent love of Christians for others.
spiritual, altruistic, beneficial love which wills good for others.
a love feast, especially one held in the early Christian Church in connection with the eucharist.
In a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention.
Being in a state of astonishment, wonder, expectation, or eager attention; as with mouth hanging open.
gaping, as with wonder, expectation, or eager attention
the love feast of the primitive Christians, being a meal partaken of in connection with the communion
Origin: [Pref. a- + gape.]
Agape is one of the Koine Greek words translated into English as love, one which became particularly appropriated in Christian theology as the love of God or Christ for humankind. In the New Testament, it refers to the covenant love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God; the term necessarily extends to the love of one’s fellow man. Many have thought that this word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful love. Although the word does not have specific religious connotation, the word has been used by a variety of contemporary and ancient sources, including biblical authors and Christian authors. Greek philosophers at the time of Plato and other ancient authors have used forms of the word to denote love of a spouse or family, or affection for a particular activity, in contrast to philia and eros, an affection of a sexual nature. Thomas Jay Oord has defined agape as "an intentional response to promote well-being when responding to that which has generated ill-being."
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ag′a-pē, n. a love-feast, held by the early Christians at communion time, when contributions were made for the poor:—pl. Ag′apæ.—n. Agapem′onē (Gr., 'love abode'), a community of religious visionaries with unedifying ideas about the sexual relations, founded in 1859 at Charlinch, near Bridgwater, by one H. J. Prince, formerly an Anglican clergyman. [Gr. agapē, love.]
a-gāp′, adj. or adv. gaping from wonder, expectation, or attention. [Lit., 'on gape.']
The numerical value of AGAPE in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of AGAPE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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