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The concept of blessing as it developed in early Christianity, and became the basis of its evolution in later periods of Christianity, relates to God's benevolent power or favor that is bestowed upon people. It may refer both to that power and to the prayer, declaration, or wish by w…

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Rouwhorst, Gerard, “Blessing”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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