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Dike Δίκη
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Dikē (originally ‘customary behaviour’, later ‘justice’) is the Greek deity of justice and occurs as a divine name in the Bible in Acts 28.4 and as a metaphor for a heavenly being in Wis. 1.8–9 and Wis. 11.20. The personification of abstract concepts in the form of deities occurs in Greek literature as early as the second half of the eighth century bce. Personifications appear first in poetry, then move into the visual arts (see e.g. Pausanias 5, 18, 2; further Hamdorf 1964:52–53, 110 et passim),…

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P. W. van der Horst, “Dike Δίκη”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Dike>



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