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Encyclopedia of early Christianity /
editor, Everett Ferguson ; associate editors, Michael P. McHugh, Frederick W. Norris.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
New York : Garland Pub., 1997.
description
2 v. ; ill., maps ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0815316631 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Garland Pub., 1997.
isbn
0815316631 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
767477
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-05-01:
Since the first edition of this major reference work appeared (LJ 5/1/90), it has been extensively revised and enlarged, adding 32 writers, 268 entries, and approximately 230 pages. Bibliographies are updated, errors corrected, and more maps, plans, and illustrations (not seen) added. Entries are kept as nontechnical as possible (definitions are given where applicable) and offer such items as subject, antecedents, chronological or topical development within early Christianity, and a list of the main patristic sources. Remarkably successful in its aim to be comprehensive for the period, the book ranges from the life of Jesus to the seventh century, although a few modern scholars, institutes, journals, etc., important to the field are included. Although the Bible is treated only in relation to its use in postbiblical development, that coverage has been expanded, as has coverage of the extension of Christianity into the East; historical context has been strengthened as well. This substantive reference work will continue to appeal to general readers and students as well as specialists. Highly recommended.‘Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1997-09:
The first edition (CH, Sep'90) of this useful resource has been revised and enlarged in important ways. Early Christianity is defined chronologically from the time of Jesus to the seventh century, but that limit has been extended in this second edition to allow increased coverage of Eastern Christianity. The work still focuses on persons, places, doctrines, practices, art, liturgy, heresies, and schisms. Information is presented thoroughly but in a way that enables it to be understood by nonexperts. The signed entries (increased from 997 to 1,245) are arranged alphabetically and still range from a few lines to three or four pages (most occupy about a page). Subject entries begin with a brief identification to the topic, present any antecedents to give historical perspective, then give a chronological or topical presentation. Entries for persons cover their life, writings, importance, and influence on early Christianity. The bibliographies that accompany most entries include works in several languages and consist of patristic citations, translations, and studies, and have been updated for this edition. A 123-item list of abbreviations for journals, reference works, and series begins the work. The list of international and ecumenically representative contributors has grown from 135 to 167. A three-page chronology lists items from the birth of Jesus (4 BCE) to the Council of Nicaea II (787 CD). The index for both volumes is at the end of volume 2 and has page numbers for main entries in boldface. Recommended especially for libraries serving graduate and undergraduate students of early Christianity and for other libraries needing a good, up-to-date reference work on this subject. D. Bourquin; California State University, San Bernardino
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
What's new in the Second Edition: -- Some 250 new entries -- 25% more than in the first edition.-- Bibliographies are greatly expanded and updated throughout-- More focus on biblical books and philosophical schools, their influence on early Christianity and their use by patristic writers-- More information about the Jewish and pagan environment of early Christianity-- Greatly enlarged coverage of the eastern expansion of the faith throughout Asia, including persons and literature-- More extensive treatment of saints, monasticism, worship practices, and modern scholars-- greater emphasis on social history and more theme articles-- More illustrations, maps, and plans-- Additional articles on geographical regions
Unpaid Annotation
Written by a team of over 160 scholars, this new expanded and revised edition is a comprehensive survey of Christianity's first six centuries. The work explores all aspects of its subject from theological, historical and literary viewpoints.
Main Description
What's new in the Second Edition: Some 250 new entries-25% more than in the first edition.; 25 new expert contributors; Bibliographies are greatly expanded and updated throughout; More focus on biblical books and philosophical schools, their influence on early Christianity and their use by patristic writers; More information about the Jewish and pagan environment of early Christianity; Greatly enlarged coverage of the eastern expansion of the faith throughout Asia, including persons and literature; More extensive treatment of saints, monasticism, worship practices, and modern scholars; Greater emphasis on social history and more theme articles; More illustrations, maps, and plans; Additional articles on geographical regions; Expanded chronological table; Also includes maps.
Table of Contents
A sampling of the coverage Abortion
Angels
Augustine
Catacombs
China
Constantine (the Great)
Demons
Divorce
Eve
Exorcism
Gnosticism
Homosexuality
Image of God
India
Leo I the Great
Madeba Map
Marcus Aurelius
Monasticism
Nag Hammadi
Origen
Papacy
Pilgrimage
Purgatory
Rule of Faith
Sexuality
Thomas
Virgins
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