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1.1. According to the history-of-religions school, the NT references to regeneration derived from the Hellenistic mystery religions, whose adherents thought that present salvation could be achieved by cultic participation in the death and regeneration of the deity (the myth of the dying god). The NT understanding of regeneration, however, differs from that of the mystery religions. For the latter, regeneration represented a magical, ritual transforming of human nature by t…

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Bernhardt, Reinhold, “Regeneration”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.27>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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