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Kingdom of God
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1. OT

The OT contains only a few late references to the kingdom of God. The terms used—Heb. mĕlûkâ, malkût, mamlākâ; Aram. malkû, šolṭān, all meaning “kingdom,” “kingly rule,” or “empire”—show that what is meant is God’s royal rule or dominion. None of these well-attested terms, however, is primarily theological. For the most part, they refer to earthly kingdoms and empires, whether Israelite, Babylonian, or Persian. There is certainly unanimity that God gives and takes away earthly dominion (see 2 Sam. 16:8; 1 Chr…

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Spieckermann, Hermann, Pratscher, Wilhelm and Steinacker, Peter, “Kingdom of God”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_K48>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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