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I. Religious Studies – II. Bible

I. Religious Studies

Genealogies are pedigrees (Tribe/Clan), ancestral tables (Ancestors, Cult of), etc., that represent a kind of constitution in societies (Society) with no state. In state societies, they usually legitimize the claims of the ruling and priestly dynasties. They originate in societies with private property in land or cattle that is passed on with the assistance of rules of inheritance based on known genealogical relationships. De…

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Neu, Rainer, “Genealogy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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