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Works of Relief and Charity
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Works of relief and charity, broadly defined, are activities that offer or supply certain physical objects or conditions necessary to survive and thrive, for persons otherwise unable to attain them using their own resources in the marketplace or existing economic and social order. Charit…

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Holman, Susan R., “Works of Relief and Charity”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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