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Faithfulness is a notion as comprehensive as it is layered. Indeed, the term refers to an attribute ascribed to God and to a virtue set as a standard for humanity in Scripture and early Christian tradition, and which is also described as an experienced line of conduct in the relationship with humans and God. Etymologically related to “faith” (Lat. fides; Gk pistis), “faithfulness” as a divine and human attribute expresses unconditional and cont…

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van Geest, Paul, “Faithfulness”, 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 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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