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I. Old Testament – II. Judaism – III. New Testament – IV. Dogmatic/Ethics – V. Islam

I. Old Testament

The direct statements of the Old Testament about mercy as a loving and helping approach to others who had fallen into need or guilt are crystallized in Hebrew around the root רחם (rḥm). The situation is complicated by overlapping of content with the root חנן (ḥnn, “to be gracious”; Grace: II). Moreover, the OT deals with mercy itself without using the roots חנן or רחר, for exam…

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Scoralick, Ruth, Avemarie, Friedrich, Weder, Hans, Bayer, Oswald and Nagel, Tilman, “Mercy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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