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Apophatic Theology

(770 words)

Author(s): Farrow, Douglas B.
[German Version] In the “Mystical Theology” of Dionysius the Areopagite apophasis or negation (Gk ἀπό + φάναι [ apó + phánai]: lit. “speaking away”) is coordinated with kataphasis or affirmation in setting out the twin methods of theology. Since God is the cause of all beings, we may ascribe to God “all the affirmations we make in regard to beings.” But “more appropriately, we should negate all these …

Exaltation

(459 words)

Author(s): Farrow, Douglas B.
[German Version] is one of the earliest claims about Jesus. The loci classici are Phil 2:9–11, “Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above all other names” (v. 9), and Acts 2:33, “Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear.” The theme i…

Unification/Henosis

(331 words)

Author(s): Farrow, Douglas B.
[German Version] U…

Heaven

(3,990 words)

Author(s): Auffarth, Christoph | Houtman, Cornelis | Rowland, Christopher | Lang, Bernhard | Farrow, Douglas B. | Et al.
[German Version] Cosmology and Kingdom of God I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament –III. New Testament – IV. Church History – V. Dogmatics – VI. Contemporary Art I. Religious Studies 1. To a vision that has not been tamed by scientific theory, heaven is a realm of the beyond (Hereafter, Concepts of the). Like the netherworld, it invades the human world as air or earth and sea, but it is beyond the experience of mortals; it is concrete, but cannot be entered. Observation of the concrete phenomena confirms the symbol …

Ascension of Christ

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Author(s): Zeller, Dieter | Schmitt, Armin | Boring, M. Eugene | Farrow, Douglas B. | Mühling-Schlapkohl, Markus | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. History of Dogma and Dogmatics – V. Art History – VI. Judaism I. Religious Studies The attempt to ascend to the abode of the gods is associated with myths and expressions of the impossible (Deut 30:12; Prov 30:4) and of presumption (Isa 14:13f.; the Aloads, Bellerophon). Nevertheless divine help empowers (Wind, cloud, wings, Angels…