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1. Religious History

1.1. Variety of Terms and Views

The word “soul” (cf. Ger. Seele) embraces the meanings of many other words with a history of their own. These meanings differ not only in ancient cultures but also among themselves. They stand for various human experiences, of which we no longer know whether they were as numerous as the terms used—but do know that historically they represent basic realities of existence. A common fea…

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Colpe, Carsten, Ritschl, Dietrich and Hailer, Martin, “Soul”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.52>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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