Blessing - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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Etymologically, the verb to bless comes from the word blood, suggesting the use of blood in consecration. Blessing thus directly invokes the ritual of consecration. When the Bible was translated into English, to bless was derived from the Hebrew word berakh, which was earlier translated into Greek as eulogia and into Latin as benediction. In the process of translation we find at least three meanings of what is supposedly the same word: consecration, eulogy, and benediction. In addition to these, there are common expressions that we usually consider to be blessings: Happy Birthday; Happy New Year; Merry Christmas; may God protect you; peace be with you; long live the king; with this truth; may you attain liberation. These phrases show that blessing has a broader meaning than that used in the process of translating the Bible.

Common and technical usages in different traditions reveal a wide range...

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