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Edificatory literature
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1. “Edification” and edificatory literature

'’Edification'’ denotes advancement in the Christian faith, both individually and collectively. In the Bible, the architectural and artisanal metaphor of building up already suggests two levels of meaning: the subjective level of individual belief, but also – in the spirit of the community of believers – the social level of the congregation and the c…

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Eybl, Franz, “Edificatory literature”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018837>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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