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Book of Life
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The Book of Life (Biblíon tēs Zōēs) appears a number of times in the New Testament and relates to those who will merit eternal life. In the Old Testament it is one of the “Books of God” (Isa 34:16) and is literally translated as the “Book of the Living” (Sefer ha-Ḥayyim), although the translation Book of Life is also possible. It is likely that the same book is implied in both languages. The idea of heav…

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Schwartz, Joshua, “Book of Life”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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