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Biblical Manuscripts

(5,487 words)

Author(s): Fischer, Georg | Welte, Michael | Köster, Beate
[German Version] I. Old Testament – II. New Testament – III. Full Manuscripts – IV. Suppplements I. Old Testament 1. State of scholarship – Overview. No original manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible have so far been discovered. The text has only been preserved in manuscripts copied by hand over many centuries. The first printings of the Hebrew Bible date to the end of the 15th century (1st full edition Soncino 1488). …

Bible

(23,143 words)

Author(s): Schnelle, Udo | Fischer, Georg | Becker, Hans-Jürgen | Fischer Georg | Müller, Hans-Peter | Et al.
[German Version] I. Concept – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Dogmatics – V. Practical Theology – VI. Missiology – VII. Judaism – VIII. Cultural History I.  Concept “Bible” is the predominant designation in church, theology, and society for the collection of OT and NT scriptures recognized by the church. The word “Bible” and its close equivalents in other European languages derive from the middle Latin “biblia.” This Latin feminine derives from the Greek neuter plural τὰ βιβλία/ tá biblía. Grammatically, the sg. βιβλίον/ biblíon is a diminu¶ tive form of ἡ βίβλος/ hē b…

Rechabites

(284 words)

Author(s): Fischer, Georg
[German Version] The Rechabites (Heb. רֵכָבִים/ rekābîm) are mentioned only in Jer 35. They traced their descent to Jehonadab, son of Rechab (2 Kgs 10:15, 23), who played a supporting role in Jehu’s revolt (9th cent. bce). The etymology of the name is unexplained. The Rechabites’ lifestyle was unusual: they drank no wine and built no houses, living only in tents; they never sowed seeds or planted vineyards. They ascribed these restrictions to the command of Jehonadab ( Jer 35:6f.), which they followed faithfully. God contrasted them in th…

Jeremiah/Book of Jeremiah

(5,272 words)

Author(s): Fischer, Georg
[German Version] I. Jeremiah and His Times – II. The Book – III. Significance I. Jeremiah and His Times The only information we have about the prophet (Prophets and prophecy: II) Jeremiah comes from the book that bears his name or sources dependent on it. The book of Jeremiah has much to say about events involving Jeremiah and his inner conflicts, so that we are better informed about him than about any of the other ¶ recorded prophets. But this “biographical” material is also intertwined with concerns and materials of later periods, so that the historicity of much of it is open to doubt. The na…