Places

Armageddon

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Armageddon. The literal or symbolic location of the gathering of armies for a battle during the end times, as prophesied in the last book of the Bible, Revelation. Signed here without a place/location sign/referencer which would need to be added to place it, as required contextually, either in topographic or syntactic space. It’s also used as a generic term for any end times scenario.

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Calvary

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Calvary. Traditionally believed to be the place where Jesus was crucified. Calvary is sometimes used to mean the whole act of crucifixion of Jesus.

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City of David

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of City of David. A name for Jerusalem (which David conquered) in the Old Testament; and for Bethlehem (where David came from) in St Luke’s gospel.

See also: Jerusalem

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Demoniac

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Demoniac. A person (or animal – for instance Gadarene/Gerasene swine) possessed by an evil spirit.

Bible references include: Mark 5:16

See also: Demon

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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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Kingdom (Ruled by a king or queen)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Kingdom (Ruled by a king or queen). A country, state, or territory ruled by a king or queen.

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Middle East (-The)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of The Middle East. From the beginning of the 20th century the term Middle East replaced the term Near East. The Middle East refers to multiple countries, across multiple continents. It includes most of Western Asia (although usually this excludes the Caucasus), Iran, and all of Egypt (which is mostly in North Africa).

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Promised Land

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Promised Land. The geographical area in Canaan (Israel) that God swore to give his Chosen People; a metaphor for a desired place of happiness and success.

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