Monday, December 11th, 2023
the Second Week of Advent
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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
mar - a - nath´a , mar - an - a´tha (from Aramaic words, אתה מרנא , mārānā' 'āthāh , "Our Lord cometh, or will come"; according to some, "has come"; to others, "Come!" an invitation for his speedy reappearance (compare Revelation 22:20 ); μαραναθά , maranathá , or μαρὰν ἀθά , marán athá ): Used in connection with ἀνάθεμα , anáthema , "accursed" (1 Corinthians 16:22 ), but has no necessary connection therewith. It was used by early Christians to add solemn emphasis to previous statement, injunction or adjuration, and seems to have become a sort of watchword; possibly forming part of an early liturgy.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Maranatha'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​isb/​m/maranatha.html. 1915.