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Light and Darkness
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament

I. Religious Studies

Light and darkness, day and night, the rising and setting of the life-giving sun determine the vital rhythm of nature and human beings; they find expression in feelings, in language and thought, in symbols and myths. Light is on the side of the gods, the sphere of the divine, the spirit. As a religious symbol, light represents life, salvation, and bliss. Darkness is ambiguous: it can signify death, perdi…

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Tröger, Karl-Wolfgang, Janowski, Bernd and Erlemann, Kurt, “Light and Darkness”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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