Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Logos

  • Andrea Hollingsworth
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_200234

A Greek word meaning reason, word, or message. In ancient Stoic thought, Logos referred to the ordering principle of the cosmos. In the Greek Old Testament wisdom literature, it referenced the wisdom of God, sometimes personified in feminine form (Prov. 8:1–36; Wis. 7:22–30; Wis. 9:1–2). New Testament writer John, drawing on Hellenistic and/or Hebrew thought, presented Christ as the Logosthrough whom all things were made, in whom dwelt the life of humanity, and who became flesh and made a dwelling among us (Jn. 1:1–14).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Hollingsworth
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  1. 1.Department of Religion and PhilosophyBerry CollegeMount BerryUSA