The name given to various visible or auditory manifestations of God to man. it is held that these appearances were through Angels representing God and speaking for Him. These manifestations, are recorded in the Old Testament. (GN 3:8, GN 12:7, GN 24:2, EX 3:2t 19:20, IGS 6:2) Since it is the message of God that is emphasized in sacred writings, the physical aspects are not described) in detail. The incarnated Jesus Christ can be considered a permanent manifestation or Theophany.
Theophany is from the Greek words [ theos] meaning God, and [ phaninomai], meaning manifestation or appearance. A Theophany is the Pre-Incarnate appearance of the God of heaven on earth in the likeness of a human, a angel, a messenger or some other form. That is to say, God appears to man in a form which he can visibly see. [ back
An experience of God in visible form. This appearance is temporary and not necessarily material. Peter, James and John's experience of God on the mountain of Transfiguration would be termed a theophany.
A visible manifestation of God, usually thought of as temporary in nature. The Old Testament appearances of God in human or angelic form were theophanies. Jesus Christ is more than a theophany; for He is not merely God appearing in human form but God actually robing Himself in a real human person (body, soul, and spirit).
an appearance of God in visible form, temporary and not necessarily material. 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) (Cross, The Oxford Dictionary Of The Christian Church).
A manifestation of God in His uncreated glory. It refers also to Christ's resurrection appearances. The revelation of the Holy Trinity at the Baptism of Christ (Luke 3:21, 22) is the greatest theophany; it is celebrated in the Orthodox Church on Epiphany (Jan. 6). Other theophanies are found throughout the Bible. For example, God appeared to Abraham in the form of three men (Gen. 18:1-15), and to Jacob in a dream (Gen. 28:10 17). See also EPIPHANY.
Eastern Orthodox Christians recall the baptism of Yeshua of Nazareth on this day, JAN-6 according to the Julian Calendar. "Theophany" means " to make known" or " to reveal." Eastern Christians believe that Jesus' divinity was reveled at his baptism. The Western church celebrates the Epiphany on JAN-6.
a visual and/or audible self-manifestation of a god. In the Hebrew Bible God manifested Himself sometimes in natural form such as through the burning bush (Exod. 3:2), pillar of cloud and of fire (Exod. 13:21), and storm (Exod. 19:16). God also revealed Himself in human form (Gen. 32:30, Exod. 33:11), through an angel or messenger (Gen. 16:7-12, Josh. 5:13-15), in a vision (Isa. 6:1, Ezek. 1:26-28), and through His name (Deut. 12:5).
From the Greek, theo (God), and phainein (to show forth),http://www.m-w.com/ Merriam-Webster Dictionary; retrieved 24 March 2006. theophany means an appearance of God to man. Or a divine disclosure. J.T.Burtchaell, "Theophany", in New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. (2003), 13:929.