Baptism

What exactly is baptism? Dictionary.com noun Ecclesiastical. a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water, as an initiatory rite or sacrament of the Christian church. any similar ceremony or action of initiation, dedication, etc. a trying or purifying experience or initiation. Etymonline.com "initiatory sacrament of the Christian faith, consisting in immersion in or application of … Continue reading Baptism

Atonement

Dictionary.com noun satisfaction or reparation for a wrong or injury; amends. (sometimes initial capital letter) Theology. the doctrine concerning the reconciliation of God and humankind, especially as accomplished through the life, suffering, and death of Christ. Christian Science. the experience of humankind's unity with God exemplified by Jesus Christ. Archaic. reconciliation; agreement. Etymonline.com 1510s, "condition of being at one … Continue reading Atonement

Heaven

What is meant by the terms 1st Heaven, 2nd Heaven, and 3rd Heaven? Let's start by defining Heaven: Dictionary.com noun the abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous after death; the place or state of existence of the blessed after the mortal life. (initial capital letter) Often Heavens. the celestial powers; … Continue reading Heaven

Exegesis

Dictionary.com noun, plural exegeses [ek-si-jee-seez] (Show IPA) 1. critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, especially of the Bible. Etymonline.com 1610s, "explanatory note," from Greek exegesis "explanation, interpretation," from exegeisthai "explain, interpret," from ex "out" (see ex-) + hegeisthai "to lead, guide," from PIE root *sag- "to track down, seek out" (see seek (v.)). Meaning "exposition (of Scripture)" is from 1823. Related: Exegetic; exegetical; exegetically. Discussion/Explanation … Continue reading Exegesis

Gospels

Dictionary.com —noun the teachings of Jesus and the apostles; the Christian revelation. the story of Christ's life and teachings, especially as contained in the first four books of the New Testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. (usually initial capital letter) any of these four books. something regarded as true and implicitly believed: to take … Continue reading Gospels

Unction

Dictionary.com noun 1. an act of anointing, especially as a medical treatment or religious rite. 2. an unguent or ointment; salve. 3. something soothing or comforting. 4. an excessive, affected, sometimes cloying earnestness or fervor in manner, especially in speaking. 5. Religion. the oil used in religious rites, as in anointing the sick or dying. … Continue reading Unction

Torah & Pentateuch

Dictionary.com Torah noun, ( sometimes lowercase) 1. the Pentateuch, being the first of the three Jewish divisions of the OldTestament.Compare Tanach. 2. a parchment scroll on which the Pentateuch is written, used in synagogue services. 3. the entire body of Jewish religious literature, law, and teaching as contained chiefly in the Old Testament and the Talmud. 4. law or instruction. Etymonline.com Torah "the Pentateuch," 1570s, from Hebrew torah, literally "instruction, law," verbal noun from horah "he taught, showed." Pentateuch first five books of the Bible, c. 1400, from Late Latin pentateuchus (Tertullian, c.207), from Greek pentateukhos (c. 160), originally an adjective (abstracted from phrase pentateukhos biblos), from pente "five" (from PIE root *penkwe- "five") + teukhos "implement, vessel, gear" … Continue reading Torah & Pentateuch

Holy

Dictionary.com adjective, holier, holiest. 1. specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: holy ground. 2. dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion: a holy man. 3. saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life. 4. having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love. 5. entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred: a holy relic. 6. religious: holy rites. 7. inspiring fear, awe, or grave distress: The director, when angry, is a holy terror. noun, plural holies. 8. a place of worship; sacred place; sanctuary. Etymonline.com holy (adj.) Old English halig "holy, consecrated, sacred; godly; ecclesiastical," from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (source also of Old Norse heilagr, Danish hellig, Old Frisian helich "holy," Old Saxon helag, Middle Dutch helich, Old High German heilag, German heilig, Gothic hailags "holy"), from … Continue reading Holy