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Transfiguration

TRANSFIGURATION. The name given to that singular event recorded in all the [[Synoptic Gospels]] (Matt.17.1-Matt.17.8; Mark.9.2-Mark.9.8; Luke.9.28-Luke.9.36), when Jesus was visibly glorified in the presence of three select disciples. The name is derived from the Latin term used to translate the Greek metamorphoō, meaning “to change into another form.” The accounts portray the transformation as outwardly visible and consisting in an actual physical change in the body of Jesus: “The appearance of his face changed” (Luke.9.29), “his face shone like the sun” (Matt.17.2), while “his clothes became dazzling white” (Mark.9.3). The glory was not caused by the falling of a heavenly light on him from without but by the flashing forth of the radiant splendor within. He had passed into a higher state of existence, his body assuming properties of the resurrection body.