Abrahamic Religions

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Abrahamic Religions. A faith (notably Christian, Jewish and Muslim) of which Abraham is the founding father and which stresses his obedience to God.

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Servant

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Servant. One employed to carry out tasks for a person or household.

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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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Eagle and Eagle’s Wings

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Eagle and Eagle’s Wings. A large bird of prey. Soaring on wings like an eagle’s refers to Christians having freedom through Christ to break free of whatever confines and restricts them and to embrace what God is offering.

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Orthodox

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Orthodox. A political or religious group that holds strongly conservative and traditional values.

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Heaven

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Heaven. Major usage is for a place (physically above the visible ‘heavens’) and/or a metaphorical state of unimaginable bliss. In Judaism, ‘heaven’ refers to the place where God and heavenly beings dwell – as distinct from ‘sheol’ (the underworld or world of the dead). ‘Heaven and earth’ refers to the whole universe, while ‘heaven(s)’ refers to the sky. In Christianity, ‘heaven’ refers to the place where God and the angels exist and where Christians who have died wait in the period before Jesus returns to earth.

See also: The Heavens and Glory (Heaven)

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Laity

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Laity. People who are not members of the clergy.

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Genesis

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Genesis. Genesis – (Greek for origins). First book of the Christian and Hebrew Bibles, containing Judaism’s account of the origins of the world.

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Faithful / Faithfulness

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Faithful / Faithfulness. A way of living and being that is true to one’s beliefs; steadfast, loyal.

See also: God is faithful

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Tithe

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Tithe. One tenth of something, usually one tenth of one’s income (or, in ancient Israel) of goods or crops produced. Most usual context: the dedication by Jews and Christians of one tenth of their income to God’s work.

Bible references include: Leviticus 27:30, Deuteronomy 14:22, Nehemiah 13:12, and Malachi 3:10

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Civil War

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Civil War. A war between rival groups of inhabitants of the same country.

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Breast Piece (priestly)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Breast Piece (priestly). A ceremonial garment used by the High Priest in the Temple in Old Testament times.

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Altar/Lord’s Table/Holy Table

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of altar/Lord’s table/holy table. A table in a place of worship and a focal point in many church services, being a sacred place where offerings are made to God. In the Old Testament, it was the place for sacrifices. In some churches, the altar is known as The Lord’s Table or the Holy Table.

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Shield (Name of God)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Shield (Name of God). A name for God that emphasises his protection of those who have faith in him.

Bible references include: Psalm 18:2

See also: Shield (Armour)

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Polyethnic

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Polyethnic. A geographical region whose inhabitants are from many ethnic groups.

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Christadelphian

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Christadelphian. A faith which identifies with the earliest 1st century Christians. Their beliefs are similar, but not in line with, mainstream Christian denominations. Specifically, they don’t believe in a Trinitarian God.

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Transept

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Transept. The crosswise section of those churches that are built in the form of a cross.

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Heptateuch

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Heptateuch. The first seven books of the Old Testament.

See also: Hebrew (Language)

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Inescapable

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Inescapable. Unavoidable.

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