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Adoption refers both to the cultural practice of adoption of children or adults into a new family and the spiritual understanding prevalent in early Christianity that Christians are adopted into the family of God through the son Jesus Christ. The influences on both notions of a…

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Martens, John W., “Adoption”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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