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Aachen

Aachen  

(town, palace) West central German town, known for its hot springs. Aachen’s significance is linked to Charlemagne, who created a Carolingian palace complex there, where he was buried. Successive ...
Ascension

Ascension  

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In Christian belief, the ascent of Christ into heaven on the fortieth day after the Resurrection. Ascension Day is the Thursday 40 days after Easter, on which Christ's Ascension is celebrated in the ...
basileus

basileus  

The ruling principles of Byzantine imperial power had a dual origin: Roman, itself heir to the Alexandrian and Hellenistic tradition, and Christian. The terrestrial order being the reflection of the ...
cathedra

cathedra  

[Co]Latin term for the throne of a bishop in the early church, usually placed in the apse behind the high altar.
chair

chair  

The chair existed in antiquity, but survived in the Middle Ages only in the form of thrones and other ceremonial chairs, such as the doge's chair. In the church, the ...
David

David  

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Male forename.King David (d. c.962 bc), king of Judah and Israel. In the biblical account he was the youngest son of Jesse, who killed the Philistine Goliath and, on Saul's death, became king, making ...
evangelist

evangelist  

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The writer of one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John); St John is also known as St John the Evangelist.
footstool

footstool  

Used in connection with Solomon's throne (2 Chron. 9: 18), but also metaphorically of the subjection of Israel's enemies to God (Ps. 110: 1; quoted in the NT—Matt. 22: 44; Acts 2: 35; Heb. 10: 13). ...
furniture

furniture  

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Table, chair, and couch are the central items of ancient furnishing. Their principal characteristic is portability, essential in the circumstances of ancient domestic life, with use of space, and ...
glory

glory  

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A biblical concept describing a fundamental experience in the relationship of God and humanity which blends within itself a variety of universal images. The English word translates the Hebrew noun ...
Heikhalot

Heikhalot  

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(; temples, palaces, halls), a type of esotericism, also known as Merkavah mysticism (see Maʿaseh Merkavah), as well as the literature in which it is found. The main theme is ...
Hetoimasia

Hetoimasia  

(ἑτοιμασία, lit. “preparation”), the prepared throne for Christ's Second Coming or Parousia (Ps 9:7). Hetoimasia is the name conventionally given to images of a richly appointed throne bearing—in ...
insignia

insignia  

Latin insigne, emblem or symbol. Physical emblems (indicia) of status or authority, particularly in government or its organs (e.g. in parliament, courts, the defence forces). Flags, robes, badges and ...
Kathedra

Kathedra  

(καθέδρα, lit. “seat”). In addition to its original meaning of throne, kathedra was a term designating a farmhouse or mansion. In documents kathedra appears in association with a courtyard (e.g. ...
majesty

majesty  

In Christian art, in the West, in the course of the Middle Ages, Christ, Mary and the saints were represented in a hieratic attitude and a solemn pose: but they ...
mandorla

mandorla  

(Italian, ‘almond’)An almond-shaped aura or series of lines surrounding the body of a divine personage, most frequently Christ in post-Resurrection scenes (notably the Transfiguration) when He is ...
Maximian

Maximian  

Archbishop of Ravenna (546–553); born Pola 498, died Ravenna 22 Feb. 553. From his native city, where he was a deacon, Maximian went to Constantinople. Shortly after his consecration on ...
Mehmed Ağa

Mehmed Ağa  

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(b. Kalkandelen, western Macedonia or Ilbasan, Albania, c.1550; d. Istanbul, 1622).Ottoman architect and worker in mother-of-pearl. He followed the typical career path of architects at the Ottoman ...
mysticism

mysticism  

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Belief in union with the divine nature by means of ecstatic contemplation, and belief in the power of spiritual access to ultimate reality, or to domains of knowledge closed off to ordinary thought. ...
regalia

regalia  

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The English coronation regalia is kept in the jewel house of the Tower of London. The collection of a regalia for coronation purposes added to the solemnity and antiquity of the occasion and seems to ...

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