Paraclete (Gr. παράκλητος, Lat. paracletus) means advocate or helper. In Christianity, the term paraclete most commonly refers to the Holy Spirit.
Paraclete comes from the Koine Greek word παράκλητος (paráklētos, that can signify “one who consoles or comforts, one who encourages or uplifts; hence refreshes, and/or one who intercedes on our behalf as an advocate in court”). The word for paraclete is passive in form, and etymologically (originally) signified “called to one’s side”. The active form of the word, parakletor, is not found in the New Testament but is found in Septuagint in Job 16:2 in the plural, and means “comforters,” in the saying of Job regarding the “miserable comforters” who failed to rekindle his spirit in his time of distress.
The term is not common in non-Jewish texts. The best known use is by Demosthenes:
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Keywords: Paraclete, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Helper, Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, Spirit of God
Bible reference(s): John 14:16-17, John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:7-8, John 16:13-15
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