Lord’s Supper (-The)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of The Lord’s Supper. A service of Holy Communion, also known as the Eucharist.

See also: Holy Communion / Eucharist

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Spy

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Spy. Someone who is paid to secretly obtain information about the plans, research or activities of another country or group, sometimes by infiltrating their ranks.

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Cast lots / Casting lots

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cast lots / Casting lots. A method of selecting a person; making a decision or discerning the will of God. Small objects, such as stones with markings on them, may have were throw (cast) into a small area with the result being interpreted, or each person choosing one, to determine an outcome.

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Lent

A British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation of Lent. There is not an established sign for Lent. Lent is the 6 week period leading up to Easter, used by many Christians as a time of reflection and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

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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.

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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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Dead Sea Scrolls

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Dead Sea Scrolls. Scrolls found in jars in a cave in Israel and containing ancient writings, including very early copies of many books of the Old Testament.

See also: Scroll (Closed) and Scroll (Scripture)

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Patriarch

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Patriarch. The men that God used to establish the Israelite nation; the male head of a tribe or clan or of a family of more than two generations. The patriarchal age was the period from 1900 to 1600 BC and covers the lifespans of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

See also: Matriarch

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