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A. The History of Christian Prayer

Prayer, as generally understood, can take many forms. And it is significant that “in early times . . . the ОТ contains no general term for prayer” (RGG , II, col. 1213). This suggests that we should consider the subject, which is certainly a unified theme, from more than one aspect if we are to avoid over-hasty conclusions. There are two classical definitions “Speaking to God” (or Christ) has been a spo…

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Josef Sudbrack, “Prayer”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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