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Spoke 4 - Dalet

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Spoke 4 - Dalet - Dedicated to God

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed [anathama]. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed [anathama].

Galatians 1:6f (Spoke 4, Cycle 3)

The Greek word translated as "accursed" in Galatians above - (anathama, S# G0331) - corresponds to the Hebrew Charam. Both originally meant something devoted to God - hence often destroyed as an animal in sacrifice. The meaning of charam is explained in this article on the meaning of Anethema This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window from the New Advent site:

"To understand the word anathema", says Vigouroux, "we should first go back to the real meaning of herem of which it is the equivalent. Herem comes from the word haram, to cut off, to separate, to curse, and indicates that which is cursed and condemned to be cut off or exterminated, whether a person or a thing, and in consequence, that which man is forbidden to make use of." This is the sense of anathema in the following passage from Deut., vii, 26: "Neither shalt thou bring anything of the idol into thy house, lest thou become an anathema like it. Thou shalt detest it as dung, and shalt utterly abhor it as uncleanness and filth, because it is an anathema." Nations, individuals, animals, and inanimate objects may become anathema, i.e. cursed and devoted to destruction.

Cherem is used in its original sense as "something dedicated to God" in two verses from Spoke 4, which are linked with a KeyLink based on the set (devoted/dedicated, "in Israel") [Verify] :

Numbers 18.14 Ezekiel 44.29
Every thing devoted in Israel shall be thine. They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs.

We have the keylink:

keyKeyLink: Dedicated to God in Israel

Mediation upon the meaning of Dalet (Death) should enlighten this aspect of Spoke 4 and its integration with the course of Church History and the Fourth Century Ecumenical Councils that anathematized heretics introducing another Gospel.

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