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People's Dictionary of the Bible

Love

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Love Feasts, Agapè. Judges 1:12; 2 Peter 2:13. A meeting accompanying the Lord's Supper in which the poorer members of the church were provided for by the contributions of Christians, but whether before or after the celebration is uncertain. Chrysostom says that after the early community of goods had ceased, the richer members brought to the church contributions of food and drink, of which, after the conclusion of the services and the celebration of the Lord's Supper, all partook together, by this means helping to promote the principle of love among Christians. The love feasts were forbidden to be held in churches by the Council of Laodicea, a.d. 320; but in some form or other they have been continued in some churches.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Love'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/rpd/l/love.html. 1893.

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