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Dead, Care for the
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The period in which Christianity emerged was a time of change and exchange in practices of caring for the dead. Multiple practices flourished side by side, sometimes even within the same ethnic and national groups, and ways of caring for the dead fell in and out of fashion over time. As traditional religious practices commonly known as paganism were beset by incursions from eastern religions, traditional burial practices changed…

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Smith, Eric C., “Dead, Care for the”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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