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Abraham

First Old Testament patriarch who wandered from the Sumerian city of Ur (modern Iraq) to the land of the River Jordan. The LORD God made a covenant with him, promising that his descendants would become a great people and live in His land. The religion of Judaism was established. Abraham is the father of Isaac and Ishmael. He is the father of both the Hebrew and Arabic people and considered holy in Islam.

Adoptionism

The view that Jesus became the Christ or was appointed to that position sometime during his earthly ministry (at his baptism or after his resurrection). This false view suggests that Jesus Christ earned the title of Christ through sinless devotion to the will of the LORD God. This view was taken by early Christians to reconcile claims that Jesus was the son of God with the radical monotheism of Judaism.


Amillennialism

The belief that there will be no literal thousand-year reign by Jesus Christ upon earth. This belief expresses the view that the millennium has already begun and is identical with the church age, with the final judgment of sinful mankind by Jesus Christ bringing to end the church age, and establishing a permanent physical reign. This belief regards the millennium as the time of the Church and connects the binding of Satan (Revelation 20:1-10) with the Lord Jesus Christ's past work. The concept of Rapture is not important in this belief. (Contrast Premillennialism, Postmillennialism, Pretribulationism)

Ancient Ink

Created by combining charcoal, gum Arabic, and water and applied to papyrus, parchment, potsherds, stone, or clay.

Anger

Lust for revenge.1

 

Reference:

1Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, The City of God, trans., Marcus Dods, Modern Library Paperback ed. (New York: Random House, Inc., 2000), 464.


Anmchara

The 'soul friend' of the Celtic religion is an important element, where every monk would have his own mentor to help and advise him. This practice in Irish Christianity was retained from Celtic paganism, where a druid would act as a spiritual adviser to a younger person.


Anoint

To consecrate and dedicate to the service of LORD God through His divine election.


Anomoeans

Belief that the Son of God is unlike the Father.

Also see Homoousians, Homoiousians, and Homoeans.



Antediluvian

Denotes the primitive period before the Flood recorded in Genesis 7.


Anthropology

The study of mankind's past human existence through intellectual classification in the fields of natural science and humanities. The four main divisions of anthropology study are biology, culture, archaeology, and linguistics.


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