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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Relationship to God: Public and Private Worship

Byron E. Shafer

Experiences of God as the source of life and deliverance, of blessing and hope, impelled and energized the worship of the biblical communities. Through ritual acts, both public and private, they sought—verbally, visually, dramatically—to maintain relationship with God, to draw on God's power, to learn of God's will, and to foster their own well-being.

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