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Charity is a key concept in Christian-Jewish ethics and is based on the biblical statements about love. Fundamental to charity is the relationship between the love of God, which has its basis in the New Testament double commandment of love (Mark 12.28-34) and is interpreted in different ways in the history of theology. The commandment to love God…

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Spehr, Christopher, “Charity”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024492>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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