Metanoia is a Greek term used repeatedly in the New Testament to mean repentance or penance. It comes from the Greek words "Meta", meaning after, beyond, or with, and "Noia", meaning thought.
as a change of heart and mind is together with turning away (epistrephein
) from the dominion of heathen idolatry
or Jewish phariseeism
the part of conversion
, a hoped-for response to preaching Gospel
J.C.Hoekendijk (1975). "7:Missiological Observations", Christopaganism or Indigenous Christianity?. South Pasadena, California: William-Carey Library, 146. ISBN 0-87808-423-1.