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is not an expression of faith or of ecclesial doctrine, but of theological reflection on these (as also e.g. “revelation”); the term is borrowed from the educated vocabulary of Hellenism. Its pre-Christian meanings are: (a) “opinion,” (b) “individual judgment,” “decision” or “resolution,” within a legal context also an “ordinance,” “edict,” or “decree” issued by a political institution (in the LXX, e.g.: Esth 3:9; Dan 2:13; 6:8; in the NT: Luke 2:1; Acts 17:7) or by divine authority (in the NT: Col …

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Herms, Eilert, “Dogma”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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