Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access Subject: Biblical Studies and Early Christianity
General Editors: David G. Hunter, Boston College, United States, Paul J.J. van Geest, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity focuses on the history of early Christian texts, authors, ideas. Its content is intended to bridge the gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, covering the whole period of early Christianity up to 600 CE. The BEEC aims to provide a critical review of the methods used in Early Christian Studies and to update the historiography.

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Love (Biblical Concept)

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Author(s): Moloney, Francis J.
The love theme is present in the Bible from the earliest documents of the Old Testament (c. 1000 BCE) to the more recent documents of the New Testament (c. 100 CE). Early Christianity is strongly influenced by the New Testament, but Jesus’ teaching and subsequent development of early Christian thought about love have their origins in the Old Testament. Various expressions for love are used to describe and regulate human relationships and, on the basis of these experiences, to articulate a variet…
Date: 2020-12-17


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Author(s): Whiting, Colin M.
The Luciferians (362–c. 400 CE) were a community of Christians that rigorously adhered to the Nicene Creed and rejected the clemency granted to many bishops at the Council of Alexandria in 362 CE. They were persecuted by other Nicene Christians in the 360s and 370s CE; in 383/384 CE, two Luciferian presbyters delivered an extant petition to Theodosius I, who ordered persecution of them to cease.Historical BackgroundIn the decades leading up to the Council of Alexandria in 362 CE, the emperor Constantius II had been pressuring bishops to swear to “Arianizing” c…
Date: 2020-12-17