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The meaning of Koinonia


Jan writes: 

what is the root derivation & meaning of Koinonia?

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Koinonia (κοινωνία) comes from the verb koinoneo, which means to communicate and share in the same (realities, properties or even problems) with another person. Koinonia is different from the Latin societas. Societas refers to an agreement and means a partnership. Koinonia is an intimate relationship, an internal affinity and likeness. This is also the reason why this same word is used in the Christian era by the Orthodox Church to name the Holy Communion (Haghia Koinonia), participation to the Gifts of Christ.


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