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Catechesis and Catechetics
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I. History – II. Practical Theology – III. Latin America, Asia, Africa

I. History

1. Early Church.

The verb κατήχειν/katḗchein originally denoted the oral transmission of a message in the sense of “tell, inform.” In Paul and early Christian literature it usually means “teach, instruct” (Gal 6:6; Lat. catechizare); in contrast to glossolalia, it refers to intelligible speech (1 Cor 14:19; Luke 1:4) such as instruction in the law (Rom 2:18) or in the teac…

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Bienert, Wolfgang A., Fraas, Hans-Jürgen, Schoberth, Ingrid, Schweitzer, Friedrich and Phan, Peter, “Catechesis and Catechetics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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