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I. Religious Studies

1. Concept.

The word revelation echoes the Greek ἀποκάλυψις/apokálypsis (“uncovering”), which was translated into Latin as revelatio and then borrowed into most European languages. The literal meaning already indicates that revelation involves a reality, content, more specifically a message hidden from mortals. Revelation is important: it is relevant religious …

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Figl, Johann, Schwöbel, Christoph, Kaiser, Otto, Bockmuehl, Markus, Werbick, Jürgen, Kuhn, Peter, Hayoun, Maurice-Ruben and Nagel, Tilman, “Revelation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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