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Acts of John

Acts of John  

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An early Greek apocryphal treatise describing events in the life of the Apostle St John. A fragment, discovered in 1886, contains an account of Christ's passion in Docetic language, and a hymn known ...
Andrew

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Brother of Simon Peter (Mark 1: 16), with whom he was fishing when invited by Jesus to become a disciple. But John 1: 35–41 offers an alternative account; Andrew followed Jesus after hearing John the ...
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 ...
Apocryphon of John

Apocryphon of John  

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A Coptic document known since 1896 of which three further copies were found at Nag Hammadi. It takes the form of a dialogue between Christ and the Apostle St John. It is important for the early ...
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 ...
Apostolic Council

Apostolic Council  

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The Council of Jerusalem described in Acts 15 is sometimes called the Apostolic Council though it was presided over by James, brother of the Lord and not himself one of the Twelve. The account in ...
Ascent of Mount Carmel

Ascent of Mount Carmel  

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The title of a treatise by St John of the Cross.
Baptism of Christ

Baptism of Christ  

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The event is recorded by the first three Evangelists and implied in Jn. Even generally sceptical critics accept that Jesus Christ came to hear St John the Baptist and received baptism at his hands. ...
Barlaam and Josaphat

Barlaam and Josaphat  

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A late, 12th‐cent. Anglo‐Norman romance, interesting as a Christianized version of the legend of Buddha.
beloved disciple

beloved disciple  

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The anonymous and idealized disciple in Jn. (e.g. 13: 23). He has often been identified with St John the Apostle, but others have been suggested.
Boanerges

Boanerges  

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Jesus gave this name, ‘sons of thunder’, to James and John, sons of Zebedee (Mark 3: 17), perhaps on account of their tempestuous tempers.
Book of Revelation

Book of Revelation  

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The last Book of the NT and the only one that is an Apocalypse. Apart from the letters to the Seven Churches of Asia Minor, the Book consists of a series of visions.The author is identified as ‘John’ ...
Burgundio of Pisa

Burgundio of Pisa  

(c.1110–93) Emissary and judge whose influential translations of theology (John of Damascus, John Chrysostom),*medicine (Galen), natural philosophy (Aristotle), and law (Greek passages in Justinian’s ...
cauldron of oil

cauldron of oil  

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A cauldron of oil is the emblem of St John the Evangelist.
Cheng-hsiang Lu

Cheng-hsiang Lu  

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(1871–1949), Chinese statesman and Benedictine monk. The son of a Protestant catechist, he held various high government offices. He became a RC in 1911. In 1927 he entered the abbey of St-André near ...
confirmation

confirmation  

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The Christian rite in which the Holy Spirit is conveyed in a renewed or fuller way to those who have already undergone baptism, derived from John 14. 15–21, and Acts ...
congé d'élire

congé d'élire  

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(Fr.).‘Permission to elect’ a bishop, granted in the Church of England by the Crown to the dean and chapter of the cathedral of the diocese.
contemplation

contemplation  

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In modern Western use, mental prayer that is non-discursive and thus distinct from meditation. At this stage, prayer usually begins to be less the fruit of human effort and more ...
cup

cup  

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A cup is the emblem of St John the Evangelist and St Benedict.cup-and-ring denoting marks cut in megalithic monuments consisting of a circular depression surrounded by concentric rings.let this cup ...
Decollation of St John the Baptist

Decollation of St John the Baptist  

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The feast on 29 Aug. commemorating the beheading of St John the Baptist as related in Mt. 14: 3–12 and Mk. 6: 14–30.

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