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  • adj. of or pertaining to harmony (in fields other than music)
  • adj. that reconciles conflicting texts etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of harmony.
  • Specifically Pertaining to a harmony or reconciliation of apparently conflicting passages, as in different literary works, systems of law, etc.


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  • Halakhic practice is based on a harmonistic reading of Leviticus 12, 15, 18 and 20.

    Female Purity (Niddah).

  • This attitude is typical of the middle ages, which appealed to authority in philosophy as well as in theology, and hence developed a harmonistic attitude in the presence of conflicting authorities.

    A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

  • The alteration of the traditions is thus justified by a harmonistic theology.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

  • And they immediately left the ship and their father -- Mark adds an important clause: "They left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants" (Mr 1: 20); showing that the family were in easy circumstances. and followed him -- Two harmonistic questions here arise: First, Was this the same calling as that recorded in Joh 1: 35-42?

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • But harmonistic considerations do not need to detain us at present.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture St. Luke

  • _what_ more obvious than that some critic with harmonistic proclivities should have insisted on supplying _the second also_, i.e. the parallel place in St. Mark's Gospel, with the name of the evangelical prophet, elsewhere so familiarly connected with the passage quoted?

    The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels Being the Sequel to The Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels

  • The assumption of the inspiration of the books; the harmonistic interpretation of them; the idea of their absolute sufficiency with regard to every question which can arise and every event which they record; the right of unlimited combination of passages; the assumption that nothing in the Scriptures is without importance; and, finally, the allegorical interpretation: are the immediately observable result of the creation of the canon. [

    History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)


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