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  • abomination (A-Z entry)

    Frequently in AV, and sometimes in NRSV, it describes an action or article incompatible with the true religion of Israel, as in Lev. 7: ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Abomination of Desolation (A-Z entry)

    Used by AV, REB for ‘ the desolating sacrilege ’ of NRSV at Mark 13: 14 etc.

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Abravanel, Isaac (A-Z entry)

    (1437–1508) a medieval philosopher and biblical commentator. He fled from Portugal to Spain to escape a sentence of death in a supposed plot ...

    Source: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

  • Abravanel, Judah (A-Z entry)

    (1460–1521) physician, poet, and philosopher, and son of Isaac Abravanel. His Dialogue on Love (published posthumously) argued that love was the structural principle ...

    Source: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

  • Abulafia, Abraham ben Shemuel (A-Z entry)

    (13th century) a leading kabbalist and mystic of Spain. Abulafia taught a method of mystical insight that involved contemplating the letters of the ...

    Source: Oxford Biblical Studies Online

  • The Acts of Peter (Chapters)

    The figure of Peter gave rise to much apocryphal literature. The Acts and Passion of Peter appear in various forms and in various languages. ...

    Source: The Apocryphal New Testament

  • Acts of the Apostles (A-Z entry)

    The fifth book of the New Testament in the common arrangement, Acts records certain phases of the progress of Christianity for a period of ...

    Source: The Oxford Companion to the Bible

  • adoptionism (A-Z entry)

    A theory about the Person of Christ associated with the heretic Nestorius ( d. 451 ce ) that Jesus was a man gifted with ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • advocate (A-Z entry)

    A translation of the Greek ‘ Paraclete ’, used in the gospel and first epistle of John for the Spirit (e.g. John 14: 16 ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • aetiology (A-Z entry)

    An aetiological story professes to explain causes. The Pentateuch , especially Genesis, is rich in stories designed to give explanations about the origin of ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • agape (A-Z entry)

    Greek noun meaning ‘ love ’ not much used in secular writings but common in the NT for the gracious self-giving love of God ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • age (A-Z entry)

    Human life was expected to end after seventy years, and anyone living for eighty years must have unusual strength ( Ps. 90: 10 ). ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • agony (A-Z entry)

    From the Greek for a ‘contest’, meaning the nervous feeling experienced before such a contest. It is in that sense that Jesus was in ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • altar (A-Z entry)

    In the OT, a place of sacrifice near which animals were slaughtered and on which oblations of corn, wine, and incense were burnt and ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • analogy (A-Z entry)

    Analogies, much employed in the Bible, are a means of reasoning by the use of parallel cases, and ‘analogy’ is therefore an umbrella term ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • ancestor worship (A-Z entry)

    The real or supposed ancestors of the Hebrews were venerated and were felt to be so close that their descendants even continued to suffer ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • Ancient of Days (A-Z entry)

    An Aramaic expression used in e.g. Dan. 7: 9 for God as Judge. It conveys the notion of wisdom associated by the Jews with ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • angels (A-Z entry)

    The Greek word aggelos means ‘messenger’ and as such angels are described as bearing messages from God to the patriarchs (e.g. Gen. 22: 11 ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • angels of the Churches (A-Z entry)

    The letters to the seven Churches in Rev. 2–3 are addressed to their ‘angels’ because the author is assuming the Jewish belief that communities ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

  • anthropomorphism (A-Z entry)

    The attribution to the deity of human forms or behaviour, as when Moses and others went up the mountain and saw God, and ate ...

    Source: A Dictionary of the Bible

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