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Deeds and Consequences
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I. Bible – II. Systematic Theology

I. Bible

1. The deeds-and-consequences link is the idea, found especially in the Old Testament and in ancient Near Eastern wisdom literature, but also in the New Testament, of a correspondence between (good/evil) action and the consequences for the doer. What is controversial is the manner in which deeds and consequences take place in OT understanding. After preparatory work by Karl-Hjalmar Fahlgren (1932) and J. Pedersen (1934), the prevailing assumption until the middle…

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Grund, Alexandra and Herms, Eilert, “Deeds and Consequences”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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