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Adoption refers both to the cultural practice of adoption of children or adults into a new family and the spiritual understanding prevalent in early Christianity that Christians are adopted into the family of God through the son Jesus Chris…

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Martens, John, “Adoption”, 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 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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