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Abraham

Abraham  

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In the Bible, the Hebrew patriarch from whom all Jews trace their descent (Genesis 11:27–25:10), directed by God to leave his own country for another land. In Genesis 22 he is ordered by God to ...
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.
ad limina

ad limina  

Gregory the Great ordered that the bishops dependent on him should come on 29 June to the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul (limina apostolorum). The annual obligation, which ...
ad limina Apostolorum

ad limina Apostolorum  

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(Lat., ‘to the thresholds of the Apostles’). Pilgrimages ‘ad limina Apostolorum’, sc. to the tombs of St Peter and St Paul, were popular in the Middle Ages. In modern times the term ordinarily ...
Adolf Harnack

Adolf Harnack  

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(1851–1930), German Church historian and theologian. From 1888 to 1921 he was a professor at Berlin. He was probably the most outstanding patristic scholar of his generation, dealing especially with ...
Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer  

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(1875–1965)German theologian, musician, and medical missionary. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 and became an honorary member of the OM in 1955.Born in Alsace, the son of a pastor, ...
Alexandria

Alexandria  

The chief port and second‐largest city of Egypt, on the Mediterranean coast, northwest of Cairo. Founded in 332 bc by Alexander the Great, after whom it is named, it became a major centre of ...
Amatus

Amatus  

Bishop, possibly of Paestum-Capaccio or Nusco (E.Cuozzo, Benedictina 26 [1979] 323–48), and monk of Montecassino; born Salerno ca.1010, died ca.1083? Amatus wrote several Latin poetical works and a ...
Ambrosiaster

Ambrosiaster  

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The name given since 1690 to the author of a set of Latin commentaries on the 13 Epp. of St Paul, ascribed in all the manuscripts but one, and by most medieval authors, to St Ambrose. This ascription ...
Amphipolis

Amphipolis  

On the east bank of the Strӯmōn, which surrounds the city on three sides (hence its name), 5 km. (3 mi.) from its seaport Eïon; it was originally the site of a Thracian town, Ennea Hodoi (‘nine ...
Ananias

Ananias  

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In the Bible, the husband of Sapphira, who with his wife was struck dead for attempting to cheat St Peter; his name is used allusively to denote a liar.
anathema

anathema  

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The word means ‘separated’ or ‘accursed’. In the OT it was used of ‘things devoted to God’, that is not for common use; later when applied to people it came to involve exclusion from the community ...
Andrew

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 ...
Annaeus Novatus

Annaeus Novatus  

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(RE 12),brother of the philosopher L. Annaeus Seneca (2), was adopted (between 41 and 52) by the orator and senator L. Junius Gallio, by which name he was then ...
antinomian

antinomian  

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One who maintains, through a misreading of arguments in Paul's Epistles, that the moral law is not binding upon Christians under the law of grace. The term was coined by ...
antinomianism

antinomianism  

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The belief held by various sects, but particularly by radical protestant movements of the 16th and 17th centuries, that certain chosen Christians are by faith or by predestination unable to sin, and ...
Antioch

Antioch  

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A city in southern Turkey which was the ancient capital of Syria under the Seleucid kings, who founded it c.300 bc.
Antioch

Antioch  

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(Pisidian, or more correctly ‘near Pisidia’), a city in Phrygia Paroreius north of Pisidia, to be distinguished from the other Phrygian Antioch on the Maeander. It was a Seleucid foundation ...
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 ...
Apollos

Apollos  

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A ‘learned’ Jew of Alexandria, apparently already a Christian, though ‘knowing only the baptism of John [the Baptist]’ (Acts 18: 24–5). M. Luther and others have argued that he was the author of the ...

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