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1. Bible and Theology

1.1. OT

1.1.1. In the OT Yahweh is consistently the source of life (e.g., Ps. 36:9; Jer. 2:13; 17:13; Job 33:4). He is the one who gives life to all creatures (see Gen. 1:1–2:4a or 2:4b–25) and also the one who takes it away (Ps. 104:29). Thus all life stands related to God as Lord of life and death. He himself is “the living God” (e.g., Deut. 5:26; Josh. 3:10; also Ps. 18:46 etc.). In oaths in Israel we find the formula “as the Lord lives” (Judg. 8:19; Ruth 3:13, etc.). Life is the supreme good that nothing can…

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Starke, Ekkehard and Schubert, Hartwig von, “Life”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_L318>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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