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I. Religious Studies – II. History of Religion

I. Religious Studies

The term “oracle,” derived from the Latin noun oraculum, denotes, (1) in close connection with the original meaning of the word, the oracle site, i.e. the place at which a divine statement (orare, “to speak”) was communicated to a person (see II, 3 below); (2) also common in ancient usage, the oracular statement itself; (3) the oracle as an institution; (4) in individual cases also a specific person invo…

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Vollmer, Ulrich, Hutter, Manfred, Wandrey, Irina and Egelhaaf-Gaiser, Ulrike, “Oracle”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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