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Glossary Items starting with 'S'

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  • Saba

    ancient kingdom in southern Arabia

  • Sabaean

    ancient people living in southern Arabia

  • sacrificial

    Relating to the system of ritual slaughter and offering to a deity, often performed on an altar in a temple.

  • saint

    A person deemed holy by a religious tradition, especially in Roman Catholicism.

  • Salome Alexandra

    A Hasmonean queen who ruled for nine years, ending with her death in 67 B.C.E.

  • salvation history

    God’s redemptive interventions in human history

  • sanctuaries

    a site with religious significance

  • sanctuary

    a site with religious significance

  • Sarapis

    A Greek-Egyptian deity that blended characteristics of each culture and was perhaps devised to unify Egypt under Hellenistic rule in the third century B.C.E.

  • sarcophagus, sarcophagi

    (pl. sarcophagi) Coffin made of stone.

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