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Rapture
(461 words)

[German Version]

is a sudden transfer by means of divine power to a remote location, usually heaven (Ascension), or to a far-away country, on a mountain, etc. This may pro-vide for temporary protection or enable an ecstatic reception of revelation. It is granted to those with a special relationship to God as an alternative to death. Because it involves the physical body and not just the taking up of the soul, the search for a body by those left behind is often futile, and there is no grave.

Frequently, rapture is a way to cope with an unnatural or unsolved death. The raptured one …

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Zeller, Dieter, “Rapture”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_04388>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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