This single-volume encyclopedia contains 977 articles by 135 qualified scholars of various academic and ecumenical backgrounds, with coverage extending from New Testament times to approximately 600 A.D. Entries cover persons, places, doctrines, and practices and include some articles on modern scholars important to the study of early Christianity. The entries vary in length, but each begins with a brief definition, or identification, followed by chronological or topical development. Excellent short bibliographies following each article give patristic citations, editions, translations, and studies. The articles avoid technical language and provide good basic summaries of the material. This work will be useful for teachers, scholars, and students as well as for reference work. Recommended for public and academic libraries.- C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, Ind.
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...concise and reliable information. Highly recommended as a core title in all personal and professional Christian historical studies collections. -- The Midwest Book Review
It is a testimony to the vitality and breadth of early Christian studies in North America. It is also testimony to the perceptive editing and revising skills of Everett Ferguson and his associate editors, Michael McHugh and Frederick Norris. -- The Catholic Historical Review
[I]ndispensable for the scholar for its concise and accurate information as well as the basic and updated bibliography for every entry. We commend the editor, contributors and publisher for this major achievement and valuable reference on the early Church. -- Coptic Church Review
...provides a useful orientation to the major topics, the scholarly issues, and the literature through which to begin exploring an important but complex set of places, times, and people. -- Church History
Remarkably successful in its aim to be comprehensive...This substantive reference work will continue to appeal to general readers and students as well as specialists. Highly recommended. -- Library Journal
Information is presented thoroughly but in a way that enables it to be understood by nonexperts...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. -- Choice
The second edition of Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, like the first, will be useful for general readers, students and scholars-the clientele of large public, academic, and theological libraries. -- Reference Books Bulletin
This extensively augmented new edition will ensure its rapid inclusion in libraries supporting serious study of antiquity...lavishly produced. -- Religious Studies Review
The strength of the work is in the clear and concise writing of the articles...a valuable resource that will certainly be a standard reference source for years to come. I highly recommend this work. -- The Master's Seminary Journal
One of the top reference works on the subject, demand that your local library purchase a copy. -- Christian History
I highly recommend this excellent tool. It is a must have, indispensable for libraries, large and small. Truly a starting point for the study of the Early Church Fathers. It will be the centerpiece for any study of early Christianity. It is my top choice for most scholarly and valuable resource so far this year. Again, my highest recommendation! -- Critical Review
This is nothing short of a remarkable achievement. An excellent set which should be a 'must' reference in any religious school's library. -- The Bookwatch
Information is presented thoroughly but in a way that enables it to be understood by nonexperts. 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. -- Choice
[H]ighly recommended. -- ARBA 98
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