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I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Church History – V. Ethics – VI. Judaism – VII. Indian Religions

I. Religious Studies

1. Greece and Rome.

The term “asceticism,” the Western meaning of which was shaped by Christianity, derives from Gk ἄσκησις/áskēsis, a noun denoting activity; ἄσκεῖν/askeîn originally meant “to craft/to decorate.” In the 5th century bce, the primary meaning became “to train/t…

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Harich-Schwarzbauer, Henriette, Ries, Julien, Podella, Thomas, Niederwimmer, Kurt, Köpf, Ulrich, Bader, Günter, Satran, David, Dan, Joseph and Michaels, Axel, “Asceticism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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