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Neighbor
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1. Biblical Teaching

In the biblical tradition the Christian concept of the neighbor finds its chief place in the twofold commandment of love (Matt. 22:35–40; Mark 12:28–34; Luke 10:25–37), which brings together two OT commandments (Deut. 6:4–5 and Lev. 19:18). The concept of the neighbor overlaps and impinges on that of the brother. In OT ethics it includes special protection for aliens. The aim of the so-called second table of the Decalogue is to secure the rights of the neighb…

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Ulrich, Hans G., “Neighbor”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N97>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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