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I. Old Testament – II. New Testament – III. Dogmatics – IV. Judaism

I. Old Testament

Election, especially in compounds such as doctrine of election, election idea, election tradition, is a term from biblical theology based on the theological use of the Heb. verb בחר/bḥr, especially in Deuteronomy, which has become established since K. Galling's monograph (1928). It has become the comprehensive term for the foundation of Israel's existence and involves “the …

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Seybold, Klaus, Hartman, Lars, Link, Christian and Börner-Klein, Dagmar, “Election”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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