Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Theophany. An appearance or manifestation of God; a compound word derived from the Greek noun for God and the Greek verb “to appear.”In its broadest meaning the term has been applied to many forms of divine revelation in both Testaments, whether occurring in a vision or dream or in normally perceptible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Theophany the-of̀ə-ni. An appearance of God to the human mind. This is not a biblical word. It derives from two Greek terms, theós, “god,” and phaínō, “shine,” “give light,” but in the passive the verb means “appear,” “be revealed.” That the divine could and did reveal itself to humanity was generally
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
THEOPHANY* An appearance or manifestation of God; a compound word derived from the Greek noun for “God” (theos) and the Greek verb “to appear” (phano). A theophany is a manifestation of God in temporary forms perceptible to the external senses. A theophany is regarded as one of the means by which God’s
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
theophany (thee-ahf´uh-nee), a manifestation of God. The Bible contains a number of narratives and poems that recount revelations of God to men and women. Such theophanies frequently are associated with particular holy places, though the point of the narrative is sometimes to explain how that site came
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
THEOPHANY. The word theophany combines two Gr. words. theos, “God,” and phainein, “to show, to manifest,” thus meaning “God manifest.” From this general definition, however, limitations must be applied. (1) There must be an indication that the biblical passage deals with a true manifestation of God and
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
TheophanyTechnical term for the appearance of God in the OT. The term, which is Greek in origin (from the festival at Delphi; Herodotus Hist. 1.51), is a compound of théos (“God”) and phaɩ́nein (“to appear”). Although there is no exact Hebrew equivalent for Gk. theophánia, a niphal form of the common
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Theophany (Gk. theopháneia “appearance of God”).† The visual manifestation of a deity to human beings, often accompanied by an auditory revelation. Theophanies recorded in the Bible are largely limited to the Old Testament, particularly the Pentateuch and prophetic books. The literary genre of theophany
Catholic Bible Dictionary
THEOPHANY (Greek, “appearance of God”) A supernatural manifestation of God in the world. Normally a theophany is a dramatic display of divine glory in a way that is visible (e.g., fire, clouds, lightning), audible (e.g., thunder, trumpet blast, divine voice), or otherwise sensible (e.g., earthquake,
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Theophany. An appearance of God in visible form, temporary and not necessarily material (cf. e.g. Exod. 33:20 ff.). Such an appearance is to be contrasted with the *Incarnation, in which there was a permanent union between God and complete manhood (body, soul, and spirit). In early Christian times
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Theophanytheophany, the manifestation of God. The ot contains a number of narratives of or poetic allusions to God revealing himself to men and women. Theophanies frequently are associated with particular holy places, representing the foundation legend of a sanctuary (Gen. 12:6–7; 13:18; 18:1; 28:1–17;
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
THEOPHANY [the AHF ih knee] — any direct, visual manifestation of the presence of God. The key word is visual, since God makes His presence and power known throughout the Bible in a variety of ways. But even in a theophany a person does not actually see God Himself. This is an impossibility, according
Key passages
Ex 3:2–6

And the angel of Yahweh appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush, and he looked, and there was the bush burning with fire, but the bush was not being consumed. And Moses said, “Let me turn aside and see this great sight. Why does the bush not burn up?” And Yahweh saw that he …

Ex 19:16–19

And on the third day, when it was morning, there was thunder and lightning, and a heavy cloud over the mountain and a very loud ram’s horn sound, and all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out from the camp to meet God, and they took their stand at the …

Ex 33:18–23

And he said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I myself will cause all my goodness to pass over before you, and I will proclaim the name of Yahweh before you, and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will show compassion to whom I will show compassion.” But he said, …