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In what follows some of the main lines of early Christian thought will be sketched, from the Palestinian setting of Jesus to the western Mediterranean one of Augustine of Hippo. This will follow an order for which the term “development” is not quite right. Given that the fathers of the 4th and 5th centuries CE were, not least in their consideration of the Trinity and of the Christian life, very much biblical theolo…

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Elliott, Mark W., “Agape”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 December 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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