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Child of God
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I. Old Testament – II. New Testament – III. Christianity – IV. Judaism

I. Old Testament

The Hebrew Bible can designate both individuals and groups as children (cf. e.g. Deut 32:5) or as sons and daughters of YHWH (cf. e.g. Deut 32:19). This usage occurs elsewhere in the ancient Near East to describe members of a deity's cultic community. The concept of childhood should be understood as mediated through creation (Deu…

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Schaper, Joachim, Klein, Hans, Schlapkohl, Corinna and Börner-Klein, Dagmar, “Child of God”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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