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Glossary Items starting with 'G'

  • G-d

    A variant way of writing the word for the biblical deity, meant to display piety by avoiding spelling out the name in full. The practice derives from a desire to avoid having to discard an item on which the name of the deity is written, as it could be perceived as a desecration if the name were spelled out in full.

  • Gadites

    Members of the Israelite tribe of Gad.

  • garrison

    A number of troops stationed in a particular location.

  • generic

    Not specific; not connected to a particular version.

  • Genizah

    A storage site for old retired Hebrew texts, in Jewish tradition; often a good source of old textual traditions.

  • genre

    A category or type, often of literary work.

  • Gentile Christians

    Christians who were not Jewish prior to their conversion.

  • Gilgamesh

    A Mesopotamian king from ~2500 B.C.E.; he became the hero of a major epic poem and was addressed as a deity in later religious texts.

  • Gilgamesh Epic

    A Mesopotamian epic centered around the king of Uruk, Gilgamesh, and his quest for immortality, with themes of humanity, friendship, and the duties of kings.

  • gloss

    A comment, explanation, or interpretation given in the margins or over top of a text.

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