Mathema (μάθημα, a lesson), a name usually given in the ancient Greek writers to the creed, probably because the catechumens were obliged to learn it.
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The Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature. James Strong and John McClintock; Haper and Brothers; NY; 1880.
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