Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access Subject: Biblical Studies and Early Christianity
General Editors: David G. HUNTER, University of Kentucky, United States, Paul J.J. van GEEST, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity focuses on the history of early Christian texts, authors, ideas. Its content is intended to bridge the gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, covering the whole period of early Christianity up to 600 CE. The BEEC aims to provide a critical review of the methods used in Early Christian Studies and to update the historiography.

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Love (Biblical Concept)

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Author(s): Moloney, Francis J.
The love theme is present in the Bible from the earliest documents of the Old Testament (c. 1000 BCE) to the more recent documents of the New Testament (c. 100 CE). Early Christianity is strongly influenced by the New Testament, but Jesus’ teaching and subsequent development of early Christian thought about love have their origins in the Old Testament. Various expressions for love are used to describe and regulate human relationships and, on the basis of these experiences, to articulate a variet…
Date: 2019-08-09