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a visible (but not necessarily material) manifestation of a deity to a human person
A manifestation of a deity to a man.
Origin: From theophania, corresponding to .
a manifestation of God to man by actual appearance, usually as an incarnation
Theophany, from the Ancient Greek θεοφάνεια, refers to the appearance of a deity to a human or other being. This term has been used to refer to appearances of the gods in the ancient Greek and Near Eastern religions. While the Iliad is the earliest source for descriptions of theophanies in the Classical tradition, probably the earliest description of a theophany is in the Epic of Gilgamesh. The term theophany has acquired a specific usage for Christians and Jews with respect to the Bible: It refers to the manifestation of God to man; the sensible sign by which the presence of God is revealed. Only a small number of theophanies are found in the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament.
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