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Enemy/Love of One's Enemy
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[German Version]

I. History of Religion – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Ethics

I. History of Religion

The theme of the enemy is connected with the development or protection of identity and is directed toward people of other tribes or states, those of other faiths, or a hostile region of the world. The enemy can represent what is foreign and threatening or be localized within the world of common daily life (heretics, heresy). Stereotypical images of the enemy can stylize the othe…

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Mohn, Jürgen, Otto, Eckart, Theißen, Gerd and Körtner, Ulrich H.J., “Enemy/Love of One's Enemy”, 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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