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Bible, 18: and Christian Worship
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For Second Temple Judaism “the reading of the Law and the Prophets and the other books of our ancestors” (Sir, preface 5) was both a religious duty and devotional practice. Unlike other religions with their mythologies, Jews were proud that they had books of history, morality, and oracles. The reading and interpretation of these books was a specific and important activity, as we see in Philo of Alexandria’s writings, for understanding their identity. Indeed, the synagogue …

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O’Loughlin, Thomas, “Bible, 18: and Christian Worship”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2020

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