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Lectio divina
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The noun lectio may be interpreted in two ways. It can refer to the act of reading and, by extension, it can also refer to what is read. Lectio divina can, therefore, be understood as the act of reading the Scriptures, or the Scriptures themselves, a synonym for sacra pagina; usually in a communal or liturgical context.


Coinciding with the crystallization of the elements of the Old Testament (Bible, 01: Old Testament) during the post-ex…

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Casey, Michael, “Lectio divina”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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