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Revelatory Literature
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[German Version]

As in other religions of the book, in Christianity the official fundamental text, the Bible, was soon joined by a wealth of so-called private revelations (Revelation). In written form, they constitute the body of revelatory literature, consisting primarily of (actual or fictional) visions, dreams, appearances, auditory hallucinations, and messages and transcripts received in a trance, as well as revelations resulting from possession and letters from heaven or the devil.

Formally these texts generally either embody a single great revelation given to…

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Dinzelbacher, Peter, “Revelatory Literature”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124162>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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