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In the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), the Hebrew word kadosh is used primarily as an attribute of God and occasionally also as a name for God. As a result, the holiness of God is also transferred to the site of his presence as well as the people chosen by him, whose holiness is not, however, an ontological quality of the people of Israel, but must be acquired through its religious-ethical behavior, including the normative temp…

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Wagner, Thomas, “Kadosh”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0388>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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