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Anthropology, from ἄνθρωπος (“human being”) and λόγος (“discourse, theory”), in its classical sense is a branch of philosophy and theology that studies the human being. Patristic anthropology is rich and rooted in Scripture – for example the doctrines of creation, the fall, and redemption – and in Greek philosophy (esp. Platonism, but with Stoic and Aristotelian elements), for example the tripartition of the human soul, the human as a microcosm, or the co…

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Ramelli, Ilaria L.E., “Anthropology”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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