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Baptism

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Author(s): Alles, Gregory D. | Avemarie, Friedrich | Wallraff, Martin | Grethlein, Christian | Koch, Günter | Et al.
[German Version] I. History of Religion – II. New Testament – III. Church History – IV. Dogmatics – V. Practical Theology – VI. History of Liturgy – VII. Law – VIII. Missions – IX. Art I. History of Religion From the standpoint of the history of religion, baptism is not a general type of rite (Rite and ritual) but a lustration ritual that is carried out not only in Christianity but also in historically related religions such as Judaism and Mandaeism. Baptism developed from the lustration rituals of ancient Near Eastern river civilizations, but the details of this development remain largely hidden. In the late period of the Second Temple, baptism was practiced in various forms in several communities, by the Essenes (Qumran), John the Baptist, the disciples of Jesus (but not by Jesus himself), the Elkesaites, …

Contract

(1,461 words)

Author(s): Repgen, Tilman | Alles, Gregory D. | Pies, Ingo
[German Version] I. Law – II. Religious Studies – III. Sociology and Social Ethics I. Law Potential for development is of the essence of human personality. The legal instruments that promote this development include the contract, understood as a bilateral or multilateral agreement governing a legal relationship, entered into by the parties. Mutual assent ( consensus ad idem) of the parties to a contract has been constitutive since the beginning in both the ancient world and Judeo-Christian culture. Matt 20:1–16, for example, takes it …

Signs

(2,878 words)

Author(s): Esterbauer, Reinhold | Alles, Gregory D. | Kober, Michael | Ochs, Peter | Linde, Gesche | Et al.
[German Version] I. Terminology The term sign usually means something perceptible to the senses that signifies something else, which gives it its specific meaning. In theological and philosophical usage, it differs from the term symbol (Symbols), although the latter is sometimes used synonymously with sign in semiotics and mathematics as well as in logic. While Aristotle used the term σημεῖον/ sēmeíon

Incantation

(476 words)

Author(s): Alles, Gregory D.
[German Version] Incantations, as ritualized speech or writing, most closely resemble prayers. But whereas a prayer can be either spontaneous or formulaic, an incantation almost always uses traditional formulas. Prayers are addressed to personal powers such as gods, but incantations can also be addressed directly to natural forces. Normally prayers attempt to persuade a personal power through praise, whereas an incantation – also using words of praise and persuasion – attempts to coerce. If a prayer is unsuccessful, its failure is ascribed to the will of the personal power, but the inadequacy of the speaker or a defect in the ritual is blamed for the failure of an incantation. In principle every prayer can be understood and translated, even when spoken in a sacred language unintelligible to the laity. An incantation, on the contrary, may consist simply of potent sounds that do not necessarily have a proper meaning and therefore do not form real words. This is true o…

Vertrag

(1,239 words)

Author(s): Repgen, Tilman | Alles, Gregory D. | Pies, Ingo
[English Version] I. Rechtswissenschaftlich, rechtsgeschichtlich Die Entfaltungsmöglichkeit gehört zum Wesen der menschlichen Personalität. Als rechtliches Instrument dient dazu u.a. der V., verstanden als zwei- oder mehrseitige, einverständliche rechtsgeschäftliche Regelung eines Rechtsver…

Zeichen

(2,608 words)

Author(s): Esterbauer, Reinhold | Alles, Gregory D. | Kober, Michael | Ochs, Peter | Linde, Gesche | Et al.
[English Version] I. Begrifflich Der Begriff Z. meint in der Regel etwas sinnlich Faßbares, das auf etwas anderes verweist und dadurch spezifische Bedeutung erhält. Theol. und philos. ist er vom Symbolbegriff (Symbol/Symbole/Symboltheorien) zu differenzieren, obwohl dieser in der Semiotik und in der Mathematik sowie in der Logik teilweise mit dem Zeichenbegriff synonym verwendet wird.…

Taufe

(19,410 words)

Author(s): Alles, Gregory D. | Avemarie, Friedrich | Wallraff, Martin | Grethlein, Christian | Koch, Günter | Et al.
[English Version] I. ReligionsgeschichtlichAus religionswiss. Sicht ist die T. kein allg. Ritustyp (Ritus/Ritual), sondern ein Lustrationsritual, das sowohl…