The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Prophetic Ecstasy in the Ancient Near East
Prophetic Ecstasy in the Ancient Near East The perception that human consciousness and behavior are temporarily altered in the process of receiving divine revelation and communicating its message to other humans.
Prophetic Ecstasy in the Bible
Prophetic Ecstasy in the Bible Overviews the phenomenon by which people claim to perceive divine reality and receive divine messages, which they then communicate to others.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ECSTASY. Ecstasy may be defined as “an abnormal state of consciousness, in which the reaction of the mind to external stimuli is either inhibited or altered in character. In its more restricted sense, as used in mystical theology, it is almost equivalent to trance.” The term has been used to explain
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ecstasy Defined in a distinctively religious sense, an abnormal state of consciousness in which revelatory communications (both visionary and auditory) are believed to be received from supernatural beings. I. GeneralA. DefinitionB. Biblical OccurrencesC. Psycho-Social ApproachesD. Controlled and
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
EcstasyA state of heightened emotion (Gk. ékstasis, from the verb exɩ́stēmi, lit., “to put out of place”). The phenomenon itself is difficult to define but is found generally throughout the whole of biblical and Greek literature (e.g., Philo Heres 264). The concept encompasses a variety of experiences
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ecstasy (Gk. ékstasis from Gk. exístēmi “stand apart from [the usual]”). A state of heightened emotion in which the normal range of consciousness is exceeded and, especially in religious contexts, a state permitting revelatory experiences.In the Old Testament, Saul, accompanied by prophets, had
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
ecstasy. The Greek word ἔκστασις, with its cognate forms, is used to refer to any state of powerful emotion, such that one is ‘beside oneself’. Although often employed pejoratively, the idea of being ‘taken out of oneself’, suggested by the word’s etymology, could be applied in a good sense to someone
A Catholic Dictionary
ecstasy (ἔκστασις). A state in which a man passes out of himself—i.e. out of that state of cognition which is natural to him. Ecstasy is usually taken as equivalent to rapture, though the word rapture, unlike ecstasy, implies distinctly that the person subject to it is carried out of his own control
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Ec′stasy (Greek ἔκ-στασις, from ἐξ-ίστημι, to stand out of [the body or mind]). To stand out of one’s mind is to lose one’s wits, to be beside oneself. To stand out of one’s body is to be disembodied. St. Paul refers to this when he says he was caught up to the third heaven and heard unutterable
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
ECSTASY. Ecstatic phenomena also appear in non-Christian religions; enthusiasm has an important place even in Greek philosophy. The *Holy Spirit manifested itself in the first Christian communities as an ecstatic power, but it is hard to say what character this power had. *Montanus later stressed the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ECSTASY [ἔκστασις ekstasis]. From the verb existēmi (ἐξίστημι, “to change or displace”). This English word does not occur in the NRSV, RSV, or KJV, which prefer the word trance. It is, however, reported in the Kleist-Lilly translation of the NT at Acts 10:10; 11:5; 22:17 (where that Gk. word does