Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An appearance of a god to a human; a divine manifestation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A manifestation of a deity to a man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A manifestation of God to man by actual appearance, usually as an incarnation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A manifestation of God or of gods to man by actual appearance.
  • n. [capitalized] The festival of the Epiphany.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a visible (but not necessarily material) manifestation of a deity to a human person

Etymologies

Medieval Latin theophania, from Late Greek theophaneia : Greek theo-, theo- + Greek phainein, phan-, to show.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin theophania, corresponding to theo- + -phany. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When I first learned of that correlation in college, I at once associated the idea of theophany with that of vocation and that of baptism with both.

    Theophany and vocation

  • This is what theologians call a theophany—a temporary vision of God given to his people for the purpose of encouragement.

    ONE GREAT TRUTH

  • In fact, the so-called theophany doesn't reveal anything that is not accessible to natural theology and a Wisdom perspective.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • As I said in a post about Job which appeared here a couple of years ago, I think that the genre of this book, as Wisdom literature, is crucial to interpreting the "theophany" presented at the end.

    Indescribable

  • The 'theophany' thus shows from nature that our claims to understand it all including the sufferings of any given human individual are arrogant and misguided.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • The message of the first part of the 'theophany' could be summarized as follows: "If you think you can organize a world better than I have, go ahead!"

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • So why does the 'theophany' mention the things it does?

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • His appearance on horse-back is a kind of theophany, cowboys doing him homage with a reverential gesture:

    Monstre Désacré

  • United together in anticipation of the gift promised by the Lord, the apostles and disciples experienced a theophany, or visitation by God.

    Pentecost Sunday: The Church made manifest

  • ÂEastern churches focus on Christ's baptism in the Jordan as the location of his theophany: God the Father announces "This is my Son, in whom I am well-pleased" as Christ comes up from the waters of the Jordan.

    Christopher Cocca: The Radical Welcome of Epiphany

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