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Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

The symbol employed in textual criticism for a MS of the New Testament in Greek written on parchment in Egypt (Alexandria? Hence known as the Codex Alexandrinus) in the 5th cent. A few...

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Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

(Gk., alpha).

First letter of the Greek alphabet, combined with the last, Ω (omega), to refer to God as the beginning and the end, the all-encompassing.

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Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

Letter of negation in several languages, as in, e.g., atheism, adharma.

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Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

Symbol of emptiness (śūnyatā) and of the undifferentiated source of appearance in Zen Buddhism. In Japanese esoteric Buddhism (mikkyō), aji, the first sound in the Sanskrit alphabet,...

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A. K. Ramanujan

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Hinduism.

(1929–93),

Indian poet, born in Mysore, educated there and at Indiana University. Long resident in the USA, he was appointed Professor of Linguistics and of South East Asian...

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Aa Gym

Overview page. Subjects: Islam.

Abdullah Gymnastiar (b.1962) is an Indonesianpreacher popularly known as Aa (elder brother) Gym. Despite minimal orthodox religious education, Gymnastiar attained national fame through his...

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Aaron

Overview page. Subjects: Opera — Religion.

In Hebrew tradition Moses's brother. He was assigned to Moses as his assistant (Exod. 4: 14), and later he and his descendants were appointed priests (Exod. 28 f.). In Christian theology he...

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Aaron ben Elijah

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(?1328–69).

Karaite Jewish philosopher and exegete. His greatest work was the trilogy Ez Hayyim (Tree of Life), Gan Eden (Garden of Eden), and Keter Torah (Crown of the Law).

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Aaron ben Jacob ha-Kohen of Lunel

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

(13th/14th cent. ce).

French Jewish Talmudist. His most famous work, Orhot Ḥayyim (Ways of Life), was a compilation of Jewish law which was widely quoted.

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Aaron ben Moses Ben Asher

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

Early 10th cent. ce).

Jewish biblical scholar. A contemporary of Saadiah Gaon, he was well known as a masorete (see MASORAH). Although a Karaite, his vocalization of the scriptures...

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