Repent

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Repent. To turn away from one’s immoral behaviours and attitudes and expressing genuine remorse for past sins.

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Plough / Ploughing

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Plough / Ploughing. Agricultural implement used to turn over the soil in preparation for sowing seeds.

See also: Ploughshare

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Fast / Fasting

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Fast / Fasting. To abstain from food and drink for a period of time; usually for religious or medical reasons.

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Unforgiving

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Unforgiving. Bearing a grudge; unwilling to make allowances for actions, weaknesses or errors.

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Centurion

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Centurion. In ancient Rome, a centurion commanded a hundred soldiers.

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Mercy

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Mercy. Compassion instead of harm or punishment shown to someone.

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Wine

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Wine. Fermented grape juice.

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Golgotha (Place of The Skull)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Golgotha (Place of the Skull). The site of Jesus’ crucifixion, also called Calvary.

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Gift (Talent)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Gift (Talent). A natural/God given skill/talent.

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Chronicler

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Chronicler. Someone who writes descriptions of events as they happen.

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Realm

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Realm. A country or discrete area under the rule of one person. A kingdom.

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Inquisition

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Inquisition. An institution that existed for centuries, set up by the Roman Catholic Church to combat heresy by means of brutality and torture.

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Class (Methodist)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Class (Methodist). A small group of people who meet regularly and are accountable to one another about how they are living out their Christian faith.

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Salvation

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Salvation. The deliverance of mankind from sin through Jesus’ death on the cross.

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Fleshpots

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Fleshpots. Literally, large cooking pots or water as signed above; the term is used symbolically, to denote Jerusalem, greed and retribution as signed below.

Bible references include: Exodus 16:3

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Wrath

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Wrath. Extreme anger, expressed in the intention to seek retribution.

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Levite

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Levite. A member of the tribe of Levi, ie a descendent of Jacob’s son Levi. Levites served in the Temple.

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Jesus / Christ / Jesus Christ

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Jesus / Christ / Jesus Christ. The second person of the Trinity; the Son of God. Jesus, Christ, and Jesus Christ are all signed as shown here, however lip pattern varies to match the words.

The name Jesus comes from the Hebrew-Aramaic word Yeshua, which means “Yahweh (the Lord) is salvation.” Christ is actually a title for Jesus, it comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning “the Anointed One”. Yeshua was a common alternative form of the name Yehoshua (Joshua).

When Jesus is referred to in the context of advent and Christmas some people choose to fingerspell his name. However, the ‘nails in the hands’ sign is Jesus’ sign-name therefore can be used to refer to Jesus in all contexts; in prophecies about him, before and during the nativity story, throughout his life, and after his death.

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Venerate

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Venerate. To regard with great respect.

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