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In its understanding of comfort, early Christianity was both in continuity with Second Temple Judaism and innovative in its claims and uses of the concept. Comfort has a long history in the Jewish tradition, particularly in t…

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Smith, Eric, “Comfort”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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