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Africa

Africa  

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The second largest continent, extending south from the Mediterranean Sea and bounded by the Atlantic and Indian oceans and the Red Sea.Physical.The Equator passes through the middle of Africa, so ...
altar

altar  

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The table in a Christian church at which the bread and wine are consecrated in communion services; a table or flat-topped block used as the focus for a religious ritual, especially for making ...
Ararat

Ararat  

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The region in modern SE Turkey where the sons of Sennacharib sought refuge after murdering him (2 Kgs. 19: 37). Noah's ark was made to settle in Ararat according to the legend of Gen. 8: 4, no doubt ...
ark

ark  

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1 The Ark which Noah built to preserve life during the Flood (q.v.).2 The Ark of the Covenant, the most sacred religious symbol of the Hebrew people and believed to represent the Presence of God. It ...
Art and the Bible.

Art and the Bible.  

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Early Art. Stories from the Bible had become the subject of a developed narrative art by the middle of the third century CE in the synagogue discovered at Dura‐Europos, where ...
Biblical theology

Biblical theology  

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A movement in Christian theology, especially in the 1930s–1950s, which sought to expound a common, ‘biblical’ (usually, ‘Hebraic’) viewpoint and language in the Old and New Testaments.
Book of Daniel

Book of Daniel  

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This OT Book consists of: (a) a narrative section (1–6) describing the experiences of Daniel and his three companions under Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, kings of Babylon, and Darius the Mede; and ...
Book of Raziel

Book of Raziel  

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Jewish mystical collection, which, on its own account, was conveyed to Adam by the angel, Raziel. The Book of Raziel was first printed in 1701, and ownership of it was ...
Canaan

Canaan  

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The land, later known as Palestine, which the Israelites conquered and occupied in the later part of the second millennium bc, or possibly rather earlier.
Children's Bibles.

Children's Bibles.  

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The recasting of the Bible to meet the needs of children has been a topic of increasing interest in the twentieth century. Although children were always included within the concern ...
clean and unclean

clean and unclean  

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*Animals and fish designated ‘unclean’ were forbidden to be eaten; the ‘clean’ were permitted. The distinctions are clearly written into the Pentateuch (e.g. in the time of Noah, Gen. 7: 2). This ...
Covenant

Covenant  

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In theology, an agreement which brings about a relationship of commitment between God and his people. The Jewish faith is based on the biblical covenants made with Abraham, Moses, and David. In ...
Daniel

Daniel  

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A Hebrew prophet (6th century bc), who spent his life as a captive at the court of Babylon. In the Bible he interpreted the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar and was delivered by God from the lions' den into ...
dove

dove  

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The dove is used as a Christian symbol for peace and reconciliation, for the Holy Spirit, for the Church, and for the individual soul regenerated by Baptism. The ‘Eucharistic Dove’ is a hollow ...
drunkenness

drunkenness  

Intoxication resulting from imbibing an excess of alcohol. It is an offence contrary to s 12 of the Licensing Act 1872 to be drunk in a public place.
Enoch

Enoch  

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OT patriarch. Many legends became attached to his name. In the NT his ascension is referred to at Heb. 11: 5. See also the following entry.
Flood

Flood  

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The biblical flood said in Genesis ch. 6–9 to have been brought by God upon earth because of the wickedness of the human race, and from which only Noah and his family were saved; in extended usage, ...
genealogy

genealogy  

A line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor. The word is recorded from Middle English and comes via Old French and late Latin from Greek genealogia, from genea ‘race, generation’.
Genesis

Genesis  

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The first book of the Bible, which includes the stories of the creation of the world, Noah's ark, the Tower of Babel, and the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.The name, recorded from late ...
Genesis Apocryphon

Genesis Apocryphon  

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An Aramaic manuscript of the Dead Sea Scrolls, found in Qumran, Cave 1, in 1947. The Genesis Apocryphon is a collection of patriarchal narratives based on the Book of Genesis. ...

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