Cope

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cope. A cloak, originally an outdoor garment, worn by clergy and lay ministers in some churches.

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Prosperity Theology

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Prosperity Theology. The belief, held by some Christians, that God’s will is always for those who serve him to experience wealth and good health.

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Scripture / Scriptures (Hebrew)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Scripture / Scriptures (Hebrew). The Bible; the sacred writings of Judaism (more or less equivalent to the Old Testament, but with different ordering of books); the sacred writings of a religion.

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Remnant

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Remnant. A small piece that is leftover eg land; the minority who remain faithful to God and so are saved by Him; signed here as part of a tribe left from the larger majority.

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Bibliolatry

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Bibliolatry. The worship or idolatry of a book. Bibliolatry in Christianity refers to people who ascribe extreme inerrancy to the Bible, or have extreme dedication, deference, or reverence to it. Bibliolatry from the Greek βιβλίον biblion, “book” and the suffix -λατρία -latria, “worship”

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Mission

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Mission. To go out, as part of a Christian calling, to share the Christian faith.

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Portion

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Portion. One person’s lot; an individual’s share of the whole of something after it has been divided up.

When the Hebrews entered the promised land, eleven of the twelve tribes were given their own share, or portion, of the land. The tribe of Levi, however, were not given land as they were the priestly tribe. Their duty was to serve God in the Temple. Their “portion” was to God, they would receive special blessings and the financial and material support from the other Hebrews.

In the song Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) by Chris Tomlin there’s a line “He will my shield and portion be As long as life endures”. In the Psalms it says: “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my Portion for ever” and in Lamentations it says “The LORD is my Portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him”

Bible references include: Psalm 73:26 and Lamentations 3:24

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Blood of Christ

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Blood of Christ. The literal blood that Jesus shed on the cross; wine drunk at Holy Communion/the Eucharist to represent Jesus’ sacrifice; Jesus’ death, that offers salvation to humankind.

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Lay / Laity

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Lay / Laity. People who are not ordained.

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Pilgrim

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Pilgrim. Someone who travels to a place considered wholly as an act of devotion. Often to the same place and/or along the same route as many people before them.

See also: Pilgrimage

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Heretic/Heresy

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Heretic/Heresy. One who adamantly refuses to accept the established beliefs of his or her culture or church.

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Shore

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Shore. The edge of a body of water eg a lake or sea.

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Prodigal

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Prodigal. To be reckless (with, for instance, money – as signed here), to be extravagantly wasteful. It is a common mistaken belief that the term Prodigal means to go away and return. The parable of the Prodigal Son is named in reference to the recklessly indulgent use of the inheritance by the son.

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Tree of Life

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Tree of Life. The tree in the Garden of Eden whose fruit, when eaten, gave the knowledge of good and evil.

Bible references include: Genesis 2:9 and Proverbs 11:30 and Revelation 22:2

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Lyre

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Lyre. A small harp-like musical instrument, used in some ancient cultures. David is said to have played a 10-string lyre (“kinnor” in Hebrew) for Saul.

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Impeccability

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Impeccability. Faultlessness of Jesus; being incapable of sin.

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Cradle (Holding)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cradle (Holding). To hold a person, animal or object in one’s arms with care and gentleness.

See also: Cradle / Crib

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Worship

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Worship. Adoration of and praise to God.

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Blaspheme / Blasphemy

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Blaspheme / Blasphemy. Speaking or acting in a way that shows no respect for God or a religion. Signed here as specifically against God.

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Redeemer

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Redeemer. A name for Jesus, referring to His ‘buying back’ Christians from the effects of their sin through His sacrifice on the cross. In the Old Testament, God as Redeemer is used in the sense of deliverer eg from plague and slavery.

Bible references include: Isaiah 41:14

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