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Grace

(9,133 words)

Author(s): Filoramo, Giovanni | Spiekermann, Hermann | Sänger, Dieter | Rieger, Reinhold | Saarinen, Risto | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Church History – V. Systematic Theology – VI. Law – VII. Judaism I. Religious Studies 1. The use of the term grace has been influenced strongly by the historically innovative Pauline conception. For Paul, grace is a gift, a unique fruit of God's salvific purpose and redemptive action. After the analogy of other redemptive religions, Paul employed this term to denote a fundamental aspect of the salvific action of the deity. In other religions (e.g. the religions of Greco-Roman antiquity), certain deities can show “favor” in response to the prayers of their devotees. But this “favor,” like the bounty of nature, is vouchsafed to all; it does not violate the natural order, it does not dep…

Job/Book of Job

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Author(s): Spiekermann, Hermann
[German Version] I. Job and the Crisis of Wisdom – II. The Job Novella – III. Job's Dialogue with His Friends – IV. God's Response I. Job and the Crisis of Wisdom With Qohelet , Job bears literary witness to the crisis of wisdom thought in the Old Testament. According to the wisdom tradition, God formed the world embodying a good and just order. This order reveals itself to those who seek knowledge; it vouchsafes them knowledge of God along with knowledge of the world. Both teach people to live a well-ordered existence, to t…