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Blasphemy (Gk., blasphemía, ‘abuse’ e.g., verbal; also ‘abuse of God’) is disparagement of God. The status of blasphemy is indicated in Jewish and Roman law themselves. It was adopted by the medieval imperial and canonical codes from Justinian's Novels 77 (c. 540 CE). The concept is marked by the European legal tradition, and, to a lesser degree, by the monotheistic notion of God. Its generalization is therefore not…

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Jödicke, Ansgar, “Blasphemy”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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