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Bibil Identifier bibil:213001
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Ancestor Worship - Is It Biblical?
Author Bae, Choon Sup
Author van der Merwe, P.J.
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 64, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 1299-1325 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Ancestor worship is practiced in different forms around the world today, even in societies participating in the modern global economy. Ancestral beliefs are deeply dependent on the premise that the souls of the dead may return to the living and influence their lives; that it is possible and acceptable for the living to communicate with the dead and lastly that the living are able to exert an effect on the destiny of deceased ancestors. The following issues are most relevant to ancestor worship: 1) death and the afterlife, 2) possibility of communication between the living and the dead, and 3) the destiny of believers who die. The article looks at these issues from a Biblical perspective, offers Biblical guidelines in assessing ancestor worship and its cosmology and interprets ancestor worship theologically. The conclusion is that ancestor worship is incompatible with Christian faith.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Ancestors
Pericopes Leviticus 19,26
Leviticus 20,6
Leviticus 20,27
Isaiah 8,19
Deuteronomy 18,10-18,14
Luke 16,19-16,31
1 Samuel 28,3-28,19
Terms שְׁאוֹל שׁאול שׁאל
ᾅδης αδης
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