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Word of God
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1.1. As Israel began to develop a Word-of-God theology, it had at its disposal important predecessors, especially in Mesopotamia rather than Egypt. Praising the word of the gods was common in Mesopotamia, and it was thought that the divine will was communicated by prophets1.2). Yet Egypt proved to be a fruitful starting point for reflections on creation by the Word, which occurred in various cosmogonic systems. The divine Word found personification in various deities. In literature dealing with death we find divine …

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Spieckermann, Hermann, Wolter, Michael and Malcolm, Lois, “Word of God”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_W.22>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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