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The term ἐξομολογεῖσϑαι/exhomologeísthai and its derivatives, adopted from the LXX and early Judaism, formed part of the earliest Christian vocabulary with the double meaning of a praising confession to God or Christ and a confession of sin (characteristic passages include Phil. 2:11 and Rom. 14:11, both of which draw from Isa. 45:23 LXX; cf. also 1 Clem. 51:3 with 52:1f. and Herm. Sim. IX, 23.4f.). The word field soon also began referring to a liturgically fixed confession of sin within the eucharistic worship service (Did. 4.14; 14.1). In Tertullian (De paenitentia, …

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Ohst, Martin, “Exomologesis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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