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Glossary Items starting with 'R'

  • rabbinic

    Related to the rabbis, who became the religious authorities of Judaism in the period after the destruction of the second temple in 70 C.E. Rabbinic traditions were initially oral but were written down in the Mishnah, the Talmud, and various other collections.

  • radiocarbon dating

    The use of the molecular decay of carbon-12 and carbon-14 isotopes in an organic object, which happens at a predictable rate over time, to determine the date of that object.

  • reader-response criticism

    A method of biblical study that considers seriously the experiences and interpretations of everyday, nonexpert readers of Scripture.

  • recension

    A text that has been revised.

  • reception history

    Tracing the reactions and uses of a given text throughout history.

  • redaction criticism

    Redact, redacting. A method of biblical study that considers the various versions of a text and the edits that have been made to it.

  • Reformation

    A sixteenth-century movement in Europe that questioned the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • relic

    A corporal or personal fragment of a holy person or saint, especially revered in medieval times and associated with miraculous powers.

  • relics

    Bodily or personal fragments of a holy person or saint, especially revered in medieval times and associated with miraculous powers.

  • Remus

    One of the twin brothers at the core of Rome's foundation myth.

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