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Assumption of the Virgin
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The belief that the Virgin Mary was bodily assumed into heaven at the conclusion of her earthly life. Celebrated as a feast of the Roman Catholic Church on August 15. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the related feast of the Dormition (“falling asleep”) of the Theotokos, which primarily commemorates Mary’s death.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Assumption of the Virgin
Assumption of the Virgin The belief that the Virgin Mary was bodily assumed into heaven at the conclusion of her earthly life. Celebrated as a feast of the Roman Catholic Church on August 15. The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the related feast of the Dormition (“falling asleep”) of the Theotokos,
Assumption of the Virgin, Text
Assumption of the Virgin, Text A noncanonical gospel that, in its various versions, contains a legend of the death of Mary (mother of Jesus) and her subsequent assumption into heaven. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period and was deemed heretical by the Gelasian Decree in
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Virgin, Assumption of the
VIRGIN, ASSUMPTION OF THE. An apocryphal legend about the death of Jesus’ mother Mary, and about her bodily transfer to heaven shortly afterwards. In 1950, “the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin” became an official part of Roman Catholic dogma, consequently there has been renewed interest in this legend.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Assumption of the Virgin
Assumption of the VirginOver 50 apocrypha and homilies from before the 10th century record in nine ancient languages either the Virgin’s dormition (“falling asleep”) and bodily assumption (“being taken up”) into heaven or her dormition without an assumption. There is, however, no reliable evidence of
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Assumption of the Virgin
Assumption of the Virgin. †A fourth century A.D. docetic and gnostic gospel included among the works of the New Testament Apocrypha; denounced in the fifth-century Gelasian Decree for its heretical teachings, the work survives in Coptic, Greek, Latin, and Syriac versions dating to the eleventh-fourteenth
A Catholic Dictionary
Assumption
assumption. After the death of her divine Son the Blessed Virgin lived under the care of St. John. It is not quite certain where she died. Tillemont conjectures from a passage in a letter of the Fathers assembled in the General Council of Ephesus that she was buried in that city, but the common tradition
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Assumption
Assumption.—Term employed to-day in the language of the Church to signify the miraculous removal into heaven of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul. Jesus Christ, before dying, having recommended His Mother to St. John, this Apostle took care of her, and it is believed that she followed him to Asia,
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Assumption
AssumptionOf the Virgin Mary. In 1950 Pope Pius XII promulgated a papal bull in which he proclaimed that Mary was taken up (assumed) bodily into heaven at the end of her life on earth. No scriptural support for this belief exists, and indeed there is no evidence for the rise of the tradition until the
Dictionary of Theological Terms
Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Assumption of the Virgin MaryThe Romish dogma, promulgated on November 1, 1950, by Pope Pius XII, that the ever-virgin Mary was assumed, body and soul, into heaven. Romanists argue that the Lord Jesus would not allow the body in which He had dwelt to fall into corruption. Rome terms this dogma an apostolic
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Assumption of the Virgin
Assumption of the Virgin. In Roman Catholic doctrine, this term refers to that “privilege” of Mary, mother of Jesus, by which, having completed the course of her earthly life, she was “assumed” body and soul into heavenly glory. It is based on an apocryphal legend, the oldest evidence for which consists
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Assumption
ASSUMPTION. A technical term indicating the glorification of the Virgin *Mary, body and soul, in heaven at the end of her earthly life. For Catholics, the assumption became a Marian dogma with Pius XII’s definition (1 November 1950). Between the Councils of *Nicaea and *Ephesus the death of the Virgin
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
VIRGIN, ASSUMPTION OF THE
VIRGIN, ASSUMPTION OF THE. In modern Roman Catholic theology, the Assumption of the Virgin refers to Mary’s ascension in body and soul to heaven at the end of her life. During the first few centuries of Christianity, there is little apparent concern with the end of Mary’s life, but in the later 5th cent.,