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I. Dogmatics

According to the New Testament (see esp. 2 Cor 1:19f.), Jesus Christ is the bodily form and story through which God in the Holy Spirit reveals, conveys, and gives his promise – or more precisely reveals, conveys, and gives himself as promise, in, with, and under his name (Exod 3:14): “I am the Lord your God” (Exod 20:2). God is the God who “keeps certain what he promises” (Ps 33:4b*, following Luther’s translation). Therefore promise (Lat. promissio) alongside commitment (Gift) is t…

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Bayer, Oswald, “Promise”, 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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