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1. The Bible

1.1. Usage

The biblical vocabulary of hope includes also important terms that are rendered “expect,” “wait,” “trust,” and “rely.”

1.2. OT

Eccl. 9:4 states a general truth in saying that “whoever is joined with all the living has hope.” What is hoped for is something positive (e.g., marriage and children, Ruth 1:9, 12). Hope can be disappointed, such as that of the owner of the vineyard in Isa. 5:2, 4, 7. Those who suffer can be without hope or have only a distant object of hope (Job 6:19–20); they can co…

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Bietenhard, Hans, Stock, Konrad and Lochman, Jan Milič, “Hope”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H292>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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