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Love of One's Neighbor
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[German Version]

I. Meaning – II. Old Testament – III. Early Judaism – IV. New Testament – V. Ethics

I. Meaning

Love of one's neighbor is the love of creaturely persons, for other concrete creaturely persons (“neighbors”) as being in the image of God; it includes love of enemies (Matt 5:44 = Luke 6:27; Enemy,). The Reformers believed that the twofold law of love (Mark 12:29–31 parr.), expressive of a well-ordered creation, embodies all the demands of the law (cf. Lut…

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Mühling, Markus, Mathys, Hanspeter, Avemarie, Friedrich, Lindemann, Andreas and Herms, Eilert, “Love of One's Neighbor”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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