January 06, 2008

Epiphany. Apocalypse. Revelation.

Epiphany
from Greek epiphainein
from
epi- ‘upon, near to, in addition’
+ phainein ‘to show’


Apocalypse
from Greek apokalupsis
from apokaluptein
from
apo- ‘from, away, quite, un-’
+ kaluptein ‘to cover’


Revelation
from Latin revelare
from
re- ‘back, again’ (expressing reversal)
+ velum ‘veil’


2 Comments:

Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

Would it be accurate to differentiate a revelation and an epiphany by describing a revelation as something new and an epiphany as something that has been revealed but only now seen?

10:21 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The epiphany at the Lord's Baptism was also the first public revelation-- "news"-- of the Trinity in history: the Father's voice, the Spirit's apparition as a dove, the Son of God in the water.

3:35 PM  

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