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Fear of God
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I. Old Testament – II. New Testament – III.  Christianity – IV.  Judaism – V. Islam

I. Old Testament

In the OT, fear of God occurs in various reactions to the encounter with God. Fear of God encompasses both the immediate reaction of a person gripped by horror before the holy God (the numinous) and the behavior of the pious person toward God in the form of obedience and praise. Consequently, fear of God can also d…

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Nielsen, Kirsten, Becker, Jürgen, Link, Christian, Börner-Klein, Dagmar, Dan, Joseph and Nagel, Tilman, “Fear of God”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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