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Abraham's Bosom

Abraham's Bosom  

(Heb., be-heiko shel Avraham).An expression indicating the location of righteous souls. It led to the famous ‘malapropism’ of the Hostess in Shakespeare's Henry V: ‘Nay, sure he's [Falstaff] not ...
Acts of the Apostles

Acts of the Apostles  

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A New Testament book immediately following the Gospels and relating the history of the early Church, and in particular the missionary journeys of St Paul and others.
Annunciation

Annunciation  

The announcement of the Incarnation, made by Gabriel to Mary; the Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on 25 March, otherwise called Lady Day. In art, representations often show Mary sitting with ...
Apocalypse

Apocalypse  

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The complete final destruction of the world, especially as described in the biblical book of Revelation. The word is recorded from Old English, and comes ultimately, via Old French and ecclesiastical ...
apocalyptic

apocalyptic  

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A modern term which summarizes the OT hope of a future salvation at the end of the current experience of national humiliation and suffering. Apocalyptic thought therefore takes the form of ...
Apocrypha

Apocrypha   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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2003
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Religion
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94 words

(Gk., ‘hidden things’).

Jewish books associated with the Bible, but not included in the Jewish canon. These are

Apocrypha

Apocrypha   Quick reference

A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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2003
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Religion
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105 words

The books produced by Jewish writers during the period of the Second Temple but not included in the Bible as

Apocrypha

Apocrypha   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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2004
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Religion
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3,800 words

This entry consists of two articles dealing with books or parts of books not considered canonical by every community of

Apocrypha

Apocrypha   Quick reference

A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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2010
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Religion
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310 words

After the Fall of Jerusalem (70 ce) the future of *Judaism was maintained by rabbis of the

Apocrypha

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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105 words

Certain books included in the Bible as an appendix to the Old Testament in the Septuagint and in Saint Jerome's

Apocrypha

Apocrypha   Reference library

Johannes Irmscher

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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2005
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History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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955 words
(ἀπόκρυφα, lit. “concealed or rejected [books]”), works that in their title, form, and contents resemble books of the Old Testament and New Testaments, but are not accepted in the biblical ... More
Apocrypha

Apocrypha   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

biblical or related writings not forming part of the accepted canon of Scripture. The Old Testament Apocrypha include writings (dating from around ...

apocrypha

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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108 words
[Gk, ‘hidden [things]’] Of unknown authorship, hence, inauthentic, spurious, or uncanonical. More specifically, ‘Apocrypha’ refers to the biblical books received by the early Christian ... More
Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha   Reference library

Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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2008

The word Apocrypha means “hidden things,” but the term is used traditionally to refer to those books included in the

Apocrypha, Bogomil

Apocrypha, Bogomil  

The Bogomils, in an effort to justify and propagate their teachings, made use of the Slavonic versions of several early Greek apocrypha, among them The Book of Baruch, The Book ...
apocrypha, biblical

apocrypha, biblical   Reference library

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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2005
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History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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1,012 words

The term “biblical apocrypha” covers a considerable group of writings connected with the Old or the New Testament, but which

APOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHA

APOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHA   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (2 ed.)

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2011
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777 words
a body of literature, primarily of Jewish authorship, from the Second Temple period and the years following. Although the works included in the two groupings have much in common with each ... More
Apocryphal

Apocryphal  

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Of the same form as a book of scripture but excluded from the canon as doubtful or spurious. Among Jewish writings the word is best applied not to the Apocrypha ...
Apocryphal New Testament

Apocryphal New Testament  

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Christian writings not included in the authoritative canon of the NT which claim to be reminiscences of the life of the young Jesus and his miraculous powers, or supplements to the book of Acts about ...
Apostle

Apostle  

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From the Greek apostolos, meaning one who is sent and enjoys the authority of the agent who instructs him. There was already a Jewish functionary, called a shaliach, who was trusted with the ...

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