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Pastoral Profession
(639 words)

[German Version]

The pastoral profession exhibits extreme variation both in its historical development and in its denominational realizations throughout the world. The spectrum of its contextually determined structures extends from individuals with no academic training to those who are highly professionalized academically, from people who are poor, disdained, or oppressed to those who enjoy social prestige and wealth, from mandatory singleness to preprogrammed life in an extended family, from acti…

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Dahm, Karl-Wilhelm, “Pastoral Profession”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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