aggadah

aggadah n. Hebrew (ah-gah-DAH); pl. aggadot (ah-gah-DOTE) Literally, “narrative.” Aggadot are Jewish stories that are presented in the Talmud along with halakhah, the body of Jewish law. Unlike halakhah, these legends, historical stories, jokes, ethical tales, and sermons are not legally binding; their purpose is to explain and elaborate on Jewish laws and customs. noun […]

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ANGER

ANGER Human anger.—Except by the stoical mind which finds no place for strong emotion in a moral scheme, anger has been recognized as a quality which, under certain conditions and within certain limits, may not only be permissible but commendable. Its ready abuse has, however, led to its being commonly placed among the evils of […]

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ABUSE, ABUSERS

ABUSE, ABUSERS The Latin abūtor means either (1) ‘use badly,’ ‘misuse,’ or (2) ‘use to the full.’ In this second sense Cicero uses the word of spending one’s whole leisure time with a friend (see Lewis and Short, Latin Dict., s.v. ‘Abūtor’), The Greek verb καταχράομαι had both these meanings. Thus in Plato (Menex. 247 […]

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ABEL

ABEL Abel (Ἄβελ) has the first place in the roll of ‘the elders’ (οἱ πρεσβύτεροι, He 11:2), or men of past generations, who by their faith pleased God and had witness borne to them. It Is recorded of him that he offered unto God a more excellent Sacrifice (πλείονα θυσίαν) than his older brother (He […]

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AARON

AARON By name Aaron is mentioned in the NT only by St. Luke (Lk 1:5, Ac 7:40) and by the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews (5:4; 7:11; 9:4), and in his personal history very little interest is taken. Officially, he was represented to be the first of a long line of high priests, […]

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The Family altar (1) (25)

The Family altar (1) (25)   Introduction The family altar is the first and the most important wall against Satan’s forces for individuals and families, but unfortunately, we are not used to hearing this term neither in our homes nor in our churches. Frankly, if the Church and Christian families don’t pay attention to the […]

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The prayer Stages… (2) The Habituation stage (22)

The prayer Stages… (2) The Habituation stage (22)   Introduction Prayer stages are like the stages of study, there is the nursery, then the primary and middle school, and so on… Also, in the spiritual way, prayer are stages, the first stage is the stage of forcing, its war “laziness, boredom and boredom, and also […]

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The prayer Stages… (1) Forcing stage (21)

The prayer Stages… (1) Forcing stage (21)     Introduction  Many complain that they are unable to sustain the same feelings and depth that they began with, in their spiritual lives in prayer, so they soon feel pixels and slacken, and if they overcome it, they get bored.  Frankly, all of this is perfectly normal, […]

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The Youth Power Secret (4) (19)

The Youth Power Secret (4) (19) Preface We will continue together with the steps by which we live in holiness. We have discussed the perception, how to control the senses and we will discuss in this book “ how to control the flesh” that fathers said it is the beginning of sorrows and also someone […]

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