::Kingship and kingdom of God


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The concept of the kingship of God appears in all Abrahamic religions, where in some cases the terms Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven are also used. The notion of God's kingship goes back to the Hebrew Bible, which refers to "his kingdom" but does not include the term "Kingdom of God".<ref>"Abrahamic Faiths, Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflicts" (Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change. Series I, Culture and Values, Vol. 7) by Paul Peachey, George F. McLean and John Kromkowski (Jun 1997) ISBN 1565181042 page 315</ref><ref name=Wright/> Also, a Kingdom of the Gods is common in paganism such as Mount Olympus in Greek mythology or the phrase King of the Gods.

The "Kingdom of God" and its possibly equivalent form "Kingdom of Heaven" in the Gospel of Matthew is one of the key elements of the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament.<ref name=France101>The Gospel of Matthew by R.T. France (21 Aug 2007) ISBN 080282501X pages 101-103</ref> Drawing on Old Testament teachings, the Christian characterization of the relationship between God and humanity inherently involves the notion of the "Kingship of God".<ref name=Mercer490/><ref name=Image478/>

The Quran does not include the term "kingdom of God", but refers to Abraham seeing the "Kingdom of the heavens".<ref name=Prophet27/> However, Bahá'í writings do use the term "kingdom of God".<ref name=BGems/>

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