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I. Terminology

The term wealth belongs to the semantic field that includes kingdom, empire, violence, dominion, and glory. In that context it suggests first an abundance of earthly goods that brings power, then abundance or profusion of almost anything. A distinction must be made between an economic sense of wealth and a broader figurative sense. In its economic sense it means property, possessions, the sum of available goods and values (Value/Values) that sub…

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Gräb-Schmidt, Elisabeth, Liwak, Rüdiger, Riches, John K., Köpf, Ulrich and Reinert, Benedikt, “Wealth”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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