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Catechesis
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1. Term and History

1.1. “Catechesis” is the term for the instruction in the Christian faith that is connected with baptismal preparation or administration (Baptism). The underlying Greek word katēcheō, “teach by word of mouth” (originally used in drama), acquired in primitive Christianity the sense of communicating the content of the faith by instruction (1 Cor. 14:19; Gal. 6:6; Acts 18:25, etc.). In Heb. 6:1–2 the cont…

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Wegenast, Klaus, “Catechesis”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C198>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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