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Christmas

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Author(s): Förster, Hans
Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ. The day of the feast is called repeatedly by Augustine of Hippo  natalis ( Domini), and the day of the birth nativitas ( Christi/Domini nostri Iesu Christi); for a compilation of places where Augustine uses the respective terms to denominate the festival see M. Klöckener (2012, 151). These two Latin words are generic words used for celebrations and birthdays, respectively. There exists no proper name in antiquity to name the feast Christmas. Despite its popularity (attempts to abolish …
Date: 2020-04-14

Epiphany

(3,841 words)

Author(s): Gladigow, Burkhard | Scriba, Albrecht | Lührmann, Dieter | Förster, Hans
[German Version] I. Comparative Religion – II. History of Religion – III. Old Testament – IV. New Testament – V. Early Church History I. Comparative Religion Epiphany is a descriptive term borrowed from the phenomenology of Greek religion. In the terminology of the comparative study of religions, “epiphany” stands for the widespread conception that gods are accustomed to “appear” under certain conditions …