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I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Dogmatics – V. Practical Theology

I. Religious Studies

The term calling or “call” refers to a person's experience of being grasped by a divine or other superhuman power and being taken into its service. The concept thus relates closely to that of election; at the same time, a calling can be seen as a kind of initiation that can precede or follow a longer period of…

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Hjelde, Sigurd, Waschke, Ernst-Joachim, Wilhelm Horn, Friedrich, Sparn, Walter and Martin Müller, Hans, “Calling”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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