The general index contains references to a selection of objects, concepts, places and names relevant to the present volume. In addition to the titles and the subtitles of the chapters it offers readers a guide to the main arguments discussed in the various parts. References to words occurring very frequently (e.g. threshold, door, gate, sanctuary, epigraphy, inscriptions, ritual) and precise indications of passages cited (e.g. from the Old and New Testament, classical and late antique authors) are not listed here—except for the entry ‘sanctuary, definition’.