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Prayer
(6,190 words)

1. Religious Aspects

1.1. General

The term “prayer” has to do with a central fact in the divine-human relation, at the root of which is asking. Etymologically, Eng. “prayer” (unlike Ger. Gebet) goes back to OFr. preiere, “act of asking” or “demand,” and is akin to Lat. precaria, “a request.” These and related terms are probably related also to OEng. frignan, “inquire” (cf. Old Sax. fragon; Old Ger. pragan, frahen; Ger. fragen), and introduced in connection with Chri…

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Rudolph, Kurt, Barth, Hans-Martin and Wiggermann, Karl-Friedrich, “Prayer”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 08 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.133>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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