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Firstlings
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament

I. Religious Studies

A sense of “firstness” plays a role in every culture. In the life cycle of the individual, in the annual cycle of nature, and in history, something occurring for the first time (and likewise something occurring for the last time) is celebrated as deserving special attention. “Firstlings” are part of this range of phenomena. The firstfruits produced by various realms of nature are consecrated and sacrificed, or possibly just destroyed, but in a…

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Stolz, Fritz and Borowski, Oded, “Firstlings”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_04570>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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