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PRECIOUS STONES – See Gems.
PREDESTINATION – The belief that the destiny of man is determined beforehand by God. "Predestination" in this sense is not to be confounded with the term "preordination," applied to the moral agents as predetermining either election to eternal...
PREEXISTENCE – Existence previous to earthly life or to Creation, attributed in apocryphal and rabbinical writings to persons and things forming part of the divine plan of human salvation or the world's government.Preexistence of the Souls of...
PREEXISTENCE OF THE SOUL – See Soul.
PREFACES AND DEDICATIONS – The general Hebrew name for a preface is "haḳdamah." The saying "A book without a preface is like a body without a soul" is often quoted by authors as a reason for the preface. The origin of the preface may be traced to the...
PREGNANCY – See Childbirth.