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I. History of Religions – II. Old Testament – III. Judaism – IV. Christianity – V. Dogmatics – VI. Islam

I. History of Religions

The terms messiah and messianism derive from the Hebrew word māšîaḥ, “anointed one.” Under the impact of foreign rule in Israel and Judah beginning in the 6th century bce, the word took on a new meaning: the Messiah was expected to bring deliverance from foreigners and oppressors, and in part to inaugurate…

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Auffarth, Christoph, Waschke, Ernst-Joachim, Wandrey, Irina, Dan, Joseph, Karrer, Martin, Reuter, Astrid, Link, Christian, Küster, Volker and Friedmann, Yohanan, “Messiah/Messianism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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