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Water, in the Bible

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Author(s): Gerstenberger, Erhard S.
Doctrines of the (four) elements or modern scientific conceptions are missing in the Bible, but water was considered a basic part of this world in its heavenly, subterranean, and terrestrial forms and manifold appearances (liquid, ice, dew, steam). It antedated creation (Gen 1:2) and extended – for good and for bad – through time into the eschatological future (Rev 8:8–11; 22:1–2). Water was considered an indispensable part of everyday life, culture, and religion. People needed to drink, bathe, …
Date: 2019-12-17

Family

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Author(s): Becker, Dieter | Gerstenberger, Erhard S. | Osiek, Carolyn | Klein, Birgit | Heun, Werner | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. New Testament – IV. Medieval and Modern Judaism – V. The Law – VI. History and Sociology – VII. Social Ethics – VIII.  Socialization Theory – IX. Education – X. Practical Theology I. Religious Studies The term family describes a varied network of relationships between parents, children and other persons in a social system. In ethnically shaped small-scale societies, family groups are bearers of religious rituals (Rite and Ritual) and cen…

Men

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Author(s): Heller, Birgit | Gerstenberger, Erhard S. | Lichtenberger, Hermann | Greschat, Katharina | Markschies, Christoph | Et al.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. Primitive Christianity – IV. Church History – V. Judaism – VI. Islam – VII. Asia, Africa, and Latin America – VIII. Social Sciences – IX. Psychology – X. Philosophy of Religion – XI. Practical Theology I. Religious Studies To date there have been hardly any works devoted to men from the perspective of religious studies. Given the androcentrism of traditional scholarship, the category of homo religiosus has …