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The topic “music” in early Christianity is associated with a few difficulties, namely diversity of definitions, blurred boundaries between singing and speaking, terminology, and last, but not least, the scarce findings on music in the sources from the first three centuries CE.

Firstly, “up until today, there is no valid definition [of music]” (Sührig & Hüschen, 1997, 1197; trans. C. Oefele). Already in antiq…

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Oefele, Christine, “Music”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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