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are an emphatic assurance of salvation or of a fulfilled life, and are employed in sapiential, prophetic, liturgical, and other (even profane) contexts; this genre is related to blessings and to oracles of salvation. In general, the beatitude is signaled by a predicate (ʾašrê in Hebrew with the character of an interjection, makários in Greek, tūbēi in Aramaic), which is followed by a subject qualified by relative and conditional clauses or participles, and sometimes by a future, in the New Testament an eschatological, concretization o…

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Frenschkowski, Marco, “Beatitudes”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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