The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Aretalogy (άρεταλογία, aretalogia). The recitation of a particular figure’s excellent deeds.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ARETALOGY. The recitation of the aretai (Gk “virtues,” “mighty deeds”) of a god, hero, or charismatic figure.A. The Greco-Roman WorldThe term “aretalogy” includes a variety of forms of a common practice of hellenistic religion and politics. Many laudatory inscriptions, carefully phrased encomiums,
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Divine Man/
Divine man/Theios anērIn NT scholarship the term Divine Man, or its Greek form Theios Anēr, designates an alleged type of religio-philosophical hero, legendary or historical, which was more or less indigenous to Greece or at least Hellenism and whose representatives were characterized by moral virtue,
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
aretalogy. This term (from Gk. aretē G746, “virtue, excellent deed”) is used by modern scholars to refer to the celebration and enumeration of the miracles performed by a god (cf. the term Epiphaneiai, which refers to collections of divine appearances and supernatural deeds). Stories of divine miracles
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ARETALOGY [ἀρεταλογία aretalogia]. In the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the rarely attested Greek term aretalogia was used in reference to the practice of reciting the virtues and praiseworthy deeds or powers of a deity or deities. One who performed such sacred discourses for a deity, such as Isis
DIVINE MAN [θεῖος ἀνήρ theios anēr]. “Divine man” refers to a Hellenistic conception, or type, that has been used to explain the origin and meaning of certain phenomena in so-called Hellenistic Judaism and in early Christianity. Although precise definitions vary, “divine man” usually denotes a human,