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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

E. A. Livingstone
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December 14, 2000 0192800574 978-0192800572 2
Based on the highly acclaimed Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, this is an indispensable guide for both students and the general reader. For this new edition, which now contains 6,000 entries, there is increased coverage of the Eastern Churches, issues on moral theology, and developments stemming from the Second Vatican Council. - Over 1,000 new entries, including Black Churches, Christian attitudes to Jews, Feminist Theology, Holiness Movement, Liberation Theology, and ordination of women - Full coverage of theology, patristic scholarship, churches and denominations, the church calendar and organization, and the Bible - Entries on theologians, philosophers, painters, musicians, and writers of religious works From reviews of the parent volume: 'opens up the whole of Christian history, now with a wider vision than ever' Robert Runcie, former Archbishop of Canterbury 'an astonishing achievement an indispensable, abundant and compulsively readable book.' The Times 'remains absolutely central in its field and will do so for many years to come.' TLS 'the authoritative standard reference book on the Christian Church' Christianity

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Dr. E. A. Livingstone is the editor of the third edition of The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, on which this concise volume is based. She has been responsible for the organization of the International Conferences on Patristic Studies from 1971 to 1995 and has edited the proceedings. For services to patristic scholarship she was made an MBE.

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  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference
  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (December 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192800574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192800572
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,015,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Reference on the Christian Church April 18, 2000
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church is a readable, organized and comprehensive volume of 570 pages. It covers most topics needed for research from Aaron to Zwingli. There is also a list, in chronological order, of popes and antipopes; up to and including John Paul II. I have found the book to be especially useful in researching complicated topics such as the early councils and reformers of the late Middle Ages. Written in the usual high standard of the Oxford series, I have yet to find a topic that I was looking for not covered. Feasts, theologians,Biblical books and lives of the saints are among the five thousand topics covered. If you need to know the difference between "Urbs Beata Hierusalem" and "Urbs Sion Aurea", this is the book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for anyone interested in Christianity February 15, 2001
This was a required text for a graduate class I took on the history of Christian theology, and it has been one of my most well-used reference books ever since. I almost always find what I'm looking for in this dictionary, and the entries are clear and helpful, neither too short nor too long.

Although I occasionally covet the un-concise version of this dictionary and may ask Santa for it some Christmas, I wonder if I'd actually use the hefty hardback as much as I use this handy, concise paperback.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag September 25, 2005
This book has a strong bias towards higher criticism. This need not have detracted from the value of the book. Higher criticism has, after all, been very mugh a part of the Christian Church during its more recent history, and has often enriched it.

In this case, however, it seriously influences the content of the book, and tends to exclude other perspectives. For instance, with regard to the Fall, the book notes that in the past Christians "regarded the Fall of Adam and Eve as a historical event" -- as though the belief were no longer common. With regard to angels, "the whole concept of such supernatural beings has been challenged" -- and demons receive no entry at all. Further, a great deal of the text is devoted to higher criticism issues. With regard to the resurrection, for example, nearly half the text deals with the way in which critics have "questioned its historicity" and the Gospels "disagree over the details".

A major strength of the book is its scope. For example, it has special entries for the Church in virtually all of the major countries of the world: the USA, Angola, Russia, Vietnam, and so on. It is also strong particularly on less common terms in the Church, which are precisely those which one might wish to look up, e.g. the illuminative way, or banns of marriage. However, it falls down on more recent Church history. For instance, it omits the Lausanne Congress, or Gustavo Gutierrez. Other important entries are merely skimmed over, e.g. the Keswick Convention (one sentence), or the Charismatic movement.

In short, this book would seem to be too fixated with issues of veracity, and to reflect too little of the true life of the Church over past millennia. For a scholar to whom issues of higher criticism are important, this may be just the book. Broadly speaking, however, it is a mixed bag.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent handy reference December 25, 2007
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If you are of those that are studying the history, theology, dogmatics, moral and ethics of christianity this books is right for you. It gives brief answers to every question you may raise based in difficult themes. For example, you want to know what is the term High Church, Tractarian, Non-jurors, Lutheranism, Calvinism, Zwinglio, are going to find enough information to be able to answer any questions that may raise in your studies. Any lay leader, seminarian, deacon, elder, pastors, preachers, etc. need to buy this reference book. It is frustrating to hear odd errors coming from the pulpit. But preachers sometimes do not read enough to be able to define terms very easily and then prefer not to expose the listeners to valuable information that can make the difference.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Concise Guide to the Christian Church September 3, 2005
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Theology is no longer considered the "queen of the sciences" nor even the most challenging of academic disciplines. Both were asserted during the Middle Ages, and the modern student of the faith will find much truth in both assertions. While suprisingly small, this volume is the best available resource to all aspects of belief and practice; it is an invaluable aid to those beginning study for the first time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference! April 25, 2011
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I am currently using this book for a Christian History college class and am finding it a very valuable resource!! This dictionary is full of short explanations of people, places, councils, religions, movements, and terms related to Christianity and Christian history. I appreciate being able to find exactly what I need in the short summary for each entry. This is a great resource I will be keeping for my reference!
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