Godhead (or godhood) refers to the essence or substance (ousia) of God in ChristianityGod the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.[1][2]

Appearance in English Bibles

John Wycliffe introduced the term godhede into English Bible versions in two places, and, though somewhat archaic, the term survives in modern English because of its use in three places of the Tyndale New Testament (1525), the Geneva Bible (1560/1599), and King James Version (1611). In that translation, the word was used to translate three different Koine Greek words:[3]

Verse Greek Romanization Type Translation Vulgate 405 Wycliffe 1395 Tyndale 1525 ESV 2001
Acts 17:29 θεῖον theion[4] adjective "divine, godly" divinum that godli thing godhed the divine being
Romans 1:20 θειότης theiotēs[5] noun "divinity, divine nature" divinitas godhed godhed divine nature
Colossians 2:9 θεότης theotēs[6] noun "deity" divinitas the Godhed the godheed deity

See also


  1. ^ Godhead at merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
  2. ^ Godhead at dictionary.com. Retrieved 29 November 2022.
  3. ^ Broyles, Stephen E. (October–December 1978). "What do we mean by "Godhead"?" (PDF). The Evangelical Quarterly. Vol. 50.4. pp. 223–229. Retrieved October 23, 2023.
  4. ^ "Strong's G2304 - theios". Blue Letter Bible.
  5. ^ "Strong's G2305 - theiotēs". Blue Letter Bible.
  6. ^ "Strong's G2320 - theotēs". Blue Letter Bible.