GOD , the
See also:common Teutonic word for a
See also:object of religious worship . It is thus, like the Gr . Ochs and
See also:dens, applied to all those superhuman beings of the
See also:heathen mythologies who exercise power over nature and man and are often identified with some particular sphere of activity; and also to the visible material
See also:objects, whether an image of the supernatural being or a
See also:tree, pillar, &c. used as a
See also:symbol, an idol . The word " god," on the conversion of the Teutonic races to
See also:Christianity, was adopted as the name of the one Supreme Being, the Creator of the universe, and of the Persons of the Trinity . The New
See also:Dictionary points cut that whereas the old Teutonic type of the word is neuter, corresponding to the Latin numen, in the Christian applications it becomes masculine, and that even where the earlier neuter
See also:form is still kept, as in
See also:Gothic and Old
See also:Norwegian, the construction is masculine . Popular etymology has connected the word with "
See also:good "; this is exemplified by the corruption of " God be with you " into " good-bye." " God " is a word common to all Teutonic
See also:languages . In Gothic it is Guth; Dutch has the same form as English; Danish and
See also:Swedish have Gud, German Gott . According to the New English Dictionary, the
See also:original may be found in two
See also:Aryan roots, both of the form gheu, one of which means " to invoke," the other " to pour " (cf . Gr. xav); the last is used of sacrificial offerings . The word would thus mean the object either of religious invocation or of religious worship by sacrifice . It has been also suggested that the word might mean a " molten image " from the sense of " pour." See RELIGION;
See also:HEBREW RELIGION; THEISM, &C .
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