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Love (Biblical Concept)
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The love theme is present in the Bible from the earliest documents of the Old Testament (c. 1000 BCE) to the more recent documents of the New Testament (c. 100 CE). Early Christianity is strongly influenced by the New Testament, but Jesus’ teaching and subsequent development of early Christian thought about love have their origins in the Old Testament. Various expressions for love are used…

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Moloney, Francis J., “Love (Biblical Concept)”, 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 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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