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[German Version]

I. Terminology

The German word Gottesdienst (“worship,” lit. “service of God”) is attested since the 13th/14th century as a German translation of Latin cultus (Cult/Worship). It came into common use in the 16th century, especially in Luther’s works. Starting with an eth…

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Dondelinger, Patrick, Auffarth, Christoph, Braulik, Georg, Reif, Stefan C., Johnson, Luke T., Meßner, Reinhard, Reifenberg, Hermann, Leaver, Robin A., Grethlein, Christian, Felmy, Karl Christian et al., “Worship”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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