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Glossary Items starting with 'P'

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  • pagan

    (n.) One who adheres to traditional or polytheistic religious and spiritual belief and practice systems; sometimes used to refer broadly to anyone who does not adhere to biblical monotheism.

  • Paleo-Hebrew

    A very early form of the Hebrew language, attested in some inscriptions from the early Iron Age.

  • Palestine

    Another name often used for the area of Israel and Judah, derived from the Latin term for the Roman province of Palaestina; ultimately, the name derives from the name of the Philistine people.

  • Palestinian

    Belonging to the ancient region of Israel and Judah, derived from the Latin name for the Roman province of Palaestina.

  • Palestinian Territories

    (modern) The West Bank and Gaza Strip.

  • papacy

    The office of the Roman Catholic pope or the historical progression of popes.

  • parallel accounts

    In the New Testament, elements or stories that are preserved by more than one source, e.g., Jesus feeding the multitude in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew.

  • Parthians

    Persons belonging to the ancient Parthian Empire in Persia (modern-day Iran), which lasted from the third century B.C.E. to the third century C.E.

  • Passion Narrative

    From the Greek verb "pathein," for suffering, an account of Jesus' last days, from his arrest in Gethsemane to his trial, crucifixion, and resurrection.

  • pastoral

    Relating to spiritual guidance or oversight of a church community.

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