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A-Z: General definitions: Simeon
DefinitionIn the New Testament a man who worshipped God faithfully. He was told that he would not die before he saw the Messiah. He prophesied over Jesus at his presentation in the temple in the words of the Nunc Dimittis.
A 'testament' is a covenant (binding agreement), a term used in the Bible of God's relationship with his people. The New Testament is the second part of the Christian Bible. Its name comes from the new covenant or relationship with God.
1. Doing homage and giving honour and respect, especially to God. Acts of devotion. Human response to the perceived presence of the divine. 2. The part of the Christian liturgy usually consisting of sung material and prayers of thanksgiving.
The Bible describes God as the unique supreme being, creator and ruler of the universe.
Being loyal, consistent, unchanging - qualities frequently attributed to God in the Bible.
A Hebrew word meaning 'anointed one', describing someone who will be the saviour of the people. Title (eventually used as name) given to Jesus.
The name given to the man believed by Christians to be the Son of God. Also given the title Christ, meaning 'anointed one' or Messiah. His life is recorded most fully in the Four Gospels.
A sacred building used for worship. In the Bible, the Temple was the centre of Jewish worship in Jerusalem. In the New Testament, the term is also used as an image of the believer's physical body.
Also called the Song of Simeon. The first words in Latin of a song of praise spoken by Simeon, a devout elderly Jew, who saw the baby Jesus brought to the Temple and recognised him as the promised Messiah (Luke 2:29-32).
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