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Asylum
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The term “asylum” in the ancient world is generally synonymous with the granting of refuge, protection, or sanctuary, to an individual or a group of individuals who are in the midst of being persecuted or pursued for a crime or misdemeanor. Asylum ensured inviolability for a period of time under certain conditions.

Early Christian asylum evolved from a long tradition, as attested by ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Roman sources. …

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Zwollo, Laela, “Asylum”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_045400>
First published online: 2021



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