Metanoia

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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.

Metanoia 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.[1]
  1. J.C.Hoekendijk (1975). "7:Missiological Observations", Christopaganism or Indigenous Christianity?. South Pasadena, California: William-Carey Library, 146. ISBN 0-87808-423-1.