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During the patristic era, humility became a defining trait of Christian thought, ethics, and spirituality, eclipsing nearly every other virtue (save, perhaps, charity) in its influence on Christian writing. Early Christians understood Jesus of Nazareth (Christ, Jesus, 01: Survey) to be a unique instantiation of humility, worthy of imitation by all his followers, and especially those w…

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Pardue, Stephen T., “Humility”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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