pneuma

<philosophical terminology> Greek term for wind, breath, or spirit. Aristotle relied on the literal senses of the term, but the Stoics gave it a quasi-divine cosmological significance. Hence, pneumatology is the study of spiritual beings, the branch of Christian theology concerned with third person of the trinity. Recommended Reading: F. E. Peters, Greek Philosophical Terms: A Historical Lexicon (NYU, 1967) and Language and Thought in Early Greek Philosophy, ed. by Kevin Robb (Open Court, 1990).

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