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I. Old Testament – II. Judaism

I. Old Testament

The term “benedictions” refers to statements of blessing by which the speaker directs the powers of blessing to the addressees, in contrast to statements of cursing or imprecations (maledictions; Blessing and curse). Within Old Testament literature, one can observe a transition from an older, unspecific use (God or human as speaker; God, human or things as addressees; flexible formulation) to a younger, specific use (liturgical than…

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Hossfeld, Frank-Lothar, Heszer, Catherine and Caplan, Kimmy, “Benedictions”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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