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Heresy, Apostasy in Judaism
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Heresy refers to holding unauthorized beliefs and performing unaccepted practices within one's religion; apostasy means abandoning that religion for another. The terms are significant in western culture because of their importance in Christianity. When, in the fourth century, Christianity became the West's primary political as well as religious doctrine, her…

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Green, William S., “Heresy, Apostasy in Judaism”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0074>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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