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Religion
Religion, Religious • Religious
Dictionaries
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Religion
RELIGION. Articles relevant to the study of religion and religions in the biblical world include CANAAN, RELIGION OF; EGYPTIAN RELIGION; HITTITE RELIGION; MEMPHITE THEOLOGY; MYSTERY RELIGIONS; PHOENICIAN RELIGION; ROMAN RELIGION; SOUTH ARABIA, RELIGION OF—as well as CHRISTIANITY; JUDAISM; and THEOLOGY.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Religion
Religion [Gk. eusébeia (1 Tim. 3:16; 2 Tim. 3:5), theosébeia (1 Tim. 2:10), thrēskeía (Acts 26:5; Jas. 1:26f)]; AV also GODLINESS; RELIGIOUS [thrēskós] (Jas. 1:26); VERY RELIGIOUS [comparative of desidaímōn] (Acts 17:22); AV TOO SUPERSTITIOUS; NEB “[in everything] that concerns religion … uncommonly
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Religion
RELIGION The service and worship of God; an institutionalized system of religious beliefs and practices. The Israelites’ service and worship of God had become institutionalized by the time Jesus lived. Jesus himself criticized several of its practices for having a show of piety but lacking true heart-felt
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Religion, Religious
religion, religious. The nrsv uses “religion” or “religious” to translate three different Greek words. The word deisidaimōnia, in Acts 25:19, was commonly used in Hellenistic culture for observances offered to a deity; when explaining why Paul has been arrested, Festus tells King Agrippa that the case
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Religion
RELIGION. The Gr. word thrēskeia is used four times in the NT (Acts 26:5; Col 2:18; Jas 1:26–27). In Col 2:18 it is translated “worshipping” of angels (KJV). The Gr. verb latreuō (2 Tim 1:3; Heb 12:28) and the noun latreia are also used to express the same idea of worship and service of God (cf. Rom
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Religion
RELIGION. The word ‘religion’ came into Eng. from the Vulg., where religio is in a 13th-century paraphrase of Jas. 1:26f. In Acts 26:5 it denotes Judaism (cf. Gal. 1:13f.). Here and in the Apocrypha, thrēskeia refers to the outward expression of belief, not the content, as when we contrast the Christian
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
religious
religious. The technical name for a member of a Religious *Institute of Consecrated Life (q.v.), some Institutes being Orders and some Congregations. In RC Canon law (CIC (1983), can. 607), religious are members of an Institute who bind themselves by public *vow to observe, in addition to the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Religion
RELIGION. A term, when viewed etymologically, of uncertain derivation. Cicero refers it to religare, to read over again, to consider, and thus regards it as meaning attention to divine things. Lactantius and Augustine derive the word from religare, to bind back, thus representing religion as the ground
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
World Religions
World ReligionsIt is difficult to discuss views of other religions within the context of the Reformed faith and its history. This is because both circumstances and perspectives in the early years of that history were so different from those more recent, as well as different from those of the early church.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Religion, Religious
Religion, Religiousreligion, religious, the English translations of various Greek terms appearing only in Acts, Colossians, the Gospel of John, the pastoral Letters, James, and 2 Peter (i.e., in the later writings of the nt). The root occurring in Acts 17:22 (rsv: ‘very religious’) and Acts 25:19 (rsv:
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Religion
RELIGION — belief in and reverence for God or some supernatural power that is recognized as the creator and ruler of the universe; an organized system of doctrine with an approved pattern of behavior and a proper form of worship. The classic New Testament passage on religion is James 2:17. Faith divorced
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
History of Religions School
History of Religions SchoolThe History of Religions School (die religionsgeschichtliche Schule, more correctly translated as the History of Religion School) was, according to Hermann Gunkel (1862–1932), one of its leading representatives, ‘a closely connected circle’ of primarily New Testament scholars
Key passages
Jas 1:26–27

If anyone thinks he is religious, although he does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by …

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