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I. History of Religions – II. Dogmatics – III. Sociology and Social History

I. History of Religions

Estates are socially and juridically closed groups that occupy a specific niche in society – defined by birth, social function, way of life, and frequently cultic observance. They develop in a society that is already stratified. Those who exercise political and religious control (Dominion) in such societies constitute administrative hierarchies. In Israel, for exa…

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Neu, Rainer, Volkmann, Stefan and Münch, Richard, “Estate”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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