Pharisees

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Pharisees. A group of Jews who emphasised the fundamental importance of observing the ancient laws and traditions as written in the Talmud (the written version of the oral law and commentaries on it) who scrutinised Jesus’ words and behaviour for any variance with it. He condemns them for neglecting other aspects of the law such as justice.

See also: Sadducees and Scribe (in Biblical times) and Priest (in Biblical times – Jewish) and High Priest

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Laid to Rest

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Laid to Rest. Signed here as burial of a corpse. English term also applies to the practice of keeping bodies in a Chapel of Rest prior to burial or cremation.

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Laying on of Hands

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Laying on of Hands. The practice in some Christian churches and other religions of accompanying intercessory prayer with touch, usually on the person’s head. Notably used in the context of healing, ordination and commissioning.

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Deity

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Deity. A god.

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Maniple

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Maniple. A length of embroidered fabric, worn by the priest, draped over the left arm, during some church services.

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Food Laws

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Food Laws. A set of dietary instructions set out in the Jewish Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) detailing how foods are to be processed, prepared and served, to keep them ‘pure’ ie ‘kosher’.

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Homoousios / Homoousion / Consubstantial

A British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation of Homoousios / Homoousion / Consubstantial. A theological doctrine, included as part of the Nicene Creed, which describes Jesus (God the Son), the Holy Spirit, and God the Father as the same essence, the same being. This has become a foundation of our understanding of the Trinitarian God.

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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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Protestant

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Protestant. Any of the Western Christian churches that are separate from the Roman Catholic Church.

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Martyr

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Martyr. One who dies for the sake of his or her Christian faith, religion or other deeply held beliefs.

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Conscience

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Conscience. A person’s inner sense of right and wrong which guides choices/behaviour.

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Hermeneutics

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Hermeneutics. The principles of Biblical interpretation.

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Detestable

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Detestable. Vile, disgusting, revolting.

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Codex

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Codex. A book in modern format, ie with pages, as distinct from eg a scroll. Usually refers to a hand-written, ancient book.

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Apologist

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Apologist. Someone who provides explanation and defence of the Christian faith or beliefs.

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Christian

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Christian. A person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God and tries to follow his teachings and example.

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Sabbath

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Sabbath. The day of rest and holiness in Judaism, beginning at sunset each Friday.

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Theodicy

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Theodicy. A theological argument that seeks to reconcile belief in an all-powerful, righteous God with the existence of evil.

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Symbolic

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Symbolic. Something that in art, poetry etc is used to represent something else.

See also: Symbol

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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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