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Lamb ἀμνός, ἀρνίον
(961 words)

I. Name

In the NT Christ is designated 31 times as a lamb. In John 1.29, John 36 he is called the lamb (ἀμνός) of God; in the Revelation of John (John 5.6, John 8 et passim [29x]) he is depicted as a heavenly lamb (ἀρνίον) that receives honour and worship as if it is God himself.

II. Identity

There is much uncertainty and debate about the religio-historical background of the image of Christ as a lamb. There seems to be partly an OT background to this imagery, if one regards Isa. 53.6–7 as the source of the remark in John’s Gospel that Jesus is the l…

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P. W. van der Horst, “Lamb ἀμνός, ἀρνίον”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7802_DDDO_DDDO_Lamb>

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