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God as Father
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I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. Early Judaism – IV. New Testament – V. Dogmatics – VI. Philosophy of Religion

I. Religious Studies

The use of father as a designation of God is almost universal. It is especially frequent in certain contexts:

1. In many cultures, deification of ancestors begins as their death recedes into the past (in Hinduism after three generations). Forefathers gradually lose t…

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Neu, Rainer, Albertz, Rainer, Böckler, Annette M., Schlosser, Jacques, Mühling, Markus and Bosse, Katrin, “God as Father”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025282>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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