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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 ...
Adolf Jülicher

Adolf Jülicher  

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(1857–1938), NT scholar. He was professor of theology at Marburg from 1889 to 1923. He insisted that the Lord's parables must be understood as real similes, not as allegories, and he worked on the ...
allegory

allegory  

A story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one. The word comes (in late Middle English) via Old French and Latin from Greek ...
crafts.

crafts.  

Numerous crafts and industries developed during the medieval period, including textiles, the hide and leather industry, mining and metal processing, woodworking crafts of various kinds, food ...
defilement

defilement  

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Ceremonial defilement prohibited a Jew from approaching a sanctuary or offering sacrifice and forbade human fellowship. It might be contracted by tending a corpse (which accounts for the behaviour of ...
denarius

denarius  

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A silver coin which bore the image of the Roman emperor (Mark 12: 16); it was equivalent to the Greek drachma as known in the east, which was the cost of a sheep. The parable of the Labourers in the ...
Dives

Dives  

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(Lat., ‘rich’). A word which has become a convenient, almost a proper, name for the unnamed rich man in the parable, Lk. 16: 19–31.
dog

dog  

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Considered impure and unclean in many traditional Islamic societies. A hadith mandates ritual ablution for anyone or anything that comes in contact with dog saliva. But the Quran mentions dogs ...
drachma

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(Dr) Formerly, the standard monetary unit of Greece, divided into 100 lepta. It was subsumed into the euro for all purposes except cash transactions in 2001 and abolished in 2002.
Example

Example  

(παράδειγμα) was considered by ancient rhetoricians as a trope (Martin, Rhetorik 262), based on the juxtaposition of objects and aimed at exhortation or dissuasion; unlike the parable, examples dealt ...
exemplum

exemplum  

(plural-pla)A short tale used as an example to illustrate a moral point, usually in a sermon or other didactic work. The form was cultivated in the late Middle Ages, for instance in Robert Mannyng of ...
eyewitness

eyewitness  

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Luke claims (Luke 1: 2) to be relying on the evidence of eyewitnesses; and the author of 2 Pet. (1: 16) implies that he was an eyewitness at the Transfiguration of Jesus. The latter is part of his ...
fable

fable  

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A short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral; a story, typically a supernatural one incorporating elements of myth and legend. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes ...
Form Criticism

Form Criticism  

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As applied especially to the Bible, the attempt to discover the origin and trace the history of particular passages by analysis of their structural forms. It entails three distinct processes: (1) the ...
Gerizim

Gerizim  

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Mountain in Israel. Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal rise above the modern town of Nablus. Gerizim was the site of the Samaritan temple which was built about the time of ...
Gomer

Gomer  

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The wife of the prophet Hosea (Hos. 1: 3); her life as a prostitute gave Hosea the impetus to proclaim his message to the nation: by this marriage Hosea came to see the similarity of the marriage ...
Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan  

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The Samaritan of the parable in Lk. 10: 30–7 who tended the traveller who had fallen among thieves.
Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd  

A title of Christ based especially on His discourse in Jn. 10: 7–18 and on the parable of the Good Shepherd (Lk. 15: 3–7).
Gospel

Gospel  

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The record of Christ's life and teaching in the first four books of the New Testament; each of these books. The four Gospels ascribed to St Matthew, St Mark, St Luke, and St John all give an account ...
Gospel of St Mark

Gospel of St Mark  

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Papias states that the Gospel was written by St Mark, who drew his information from St Peter. Later tradition connects the Gospel with Rome. It may have been written by John Mark (see the previous ...

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