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Word of God
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[German Version]

See also Heavenly voice, Memra, Revelation.

I. Religious Studies

Humans experience messages from the deity or divine beings (Inspiration/Theopneusty, Revelation) in the form of speech. Formally we must distinguish (a) the word of the deity himself, as recorded in sacred scripture after a phase of oral transmission (Torah, Qurʾān, Vedas, Avesta); (b) words communicated b…

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Prenner, Karl, Levin, Christoph, Hahn, Ferdinand, Krötke, Wolf, Meyer-Blanck, Michael, Aleaz, K.P. and Nagel, Tilman, “Word of God”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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