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Righteousness, Justice
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1. OT

1.1. Term

The Heb. root ṣdq is as comprehensive in meaning as the Eng. “right(eous),” Ger. (ge)recht, Gk. nomos, or Lat. ius (Law). It embraces, besides the narrower legal sense of justice, judgment, and standard for what is right (Ger. Gericht, Rechts-norm), the wider ethicosocial sphere of wholesome and salutary relationships. The masc. ṣedeq denotes a state of beneficently ordered relationships between people or between people and God; the fem. ṣĕdāqâ refers to conduct that corresponds to this stat…

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Dietrich, Walter, Reumann, John, Luz, Ulrich and Strohm, Theodor, “Righteousness, Justice”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.71>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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