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Anointing is the application of oil to the body to effect a spiritual, social, or physical change. Early Christian use of oils was influenced by the biblical tradition, especially the Old Testament, and by contemporary Greco-Roman practice; together these provided the theological and ritual models exploited by the Fathers. The principal Christian ritual use of oil was in connec…

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Day, Juliette J., “Anointing”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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