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Cultic Purity
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1. Cultic purity primarily involves issues of contact and of purification that one who is part of the cultus must respect. Underlying the concept is a sense of the existence of clean and unclean as antithetical religious realities. Cultic purity is sought with reference to the teachings of the religions, according to which pleasing God and maintaining positive dealings with higher powers demand a certain purity of both worshipers and the related cultic objects (Temple). At the same time, participation in the cultus deepens purity, which is ultimately the work of that …

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Waardenburg, Jacques D. J., “Cultic Purity”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 29 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1543>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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