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Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, Second Edition (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) Paperback – January 1, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0815333197 ISBN-10: 0815333196 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Garland Reference Library of the Humanities (Book 1839)
  • Paperback: 1212 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815333196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815333197
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

EEC at p. 1142.
Maurice H. Mcbride
It can provide a reader with an expansive bibliography of many other works to help the reader gain a broad perspective on a number of topics.
Amazon Customer
This encyclopedia is an excellent resource for anyone engaged in serious study of early Christian history.
Barry Blackburn

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By matt on December 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
While it doesn't have everything you want to know, as has been noted by some reviewers, it is still the best one-stop reading for a good introduction to the topic of early Christianity in all of its great variety. 167 contributors (including W.H.C. Frend, Bruce Metzger, Boniface Ramsey, Theodore Stylianopoulis and Robert Wilken, Jaroslav Pelikan) and 1,244 entries with extensive bibliographies for more research.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This extensive reference guide is a must buy for anyone who is interested in any serious study of the early church. The entries are up to date with recent scholarship, and are written in a very clear and concise manner. The editors have covered nearly every point of interest in early Christianity. Unfortunately, the price puts this work out of reach for most students.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Florentius VINE VOICE on February 17, 2002
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Trying to find out which Church council condemned Nestorianism? Need some background on Maximian of Ravenna or a quick history of the martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas? This volume is an excellent reference. Having used it as a resource for apologetical endeavors, I have found it supremely useful when confronted with historical personages or Christian teachings that were unfamiliar. Bibliographies at the end of each entry allow easy access to further research. I found two drawbacks: The first is regarding the large number of contributors - this ensures that the quality of the entries is somewhat uneven throughout. The second is the occasional 'political correctness' which creeps in to some entries - but I suppose that's unavoidable in a book published by a secular press. All in all, though, a very good reference.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Grinsell on October 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
This collection of articles is an excellent quick reference for all. While the contributors obviously could not report every detail due to space restrictions, they give concise bibliographies that become a springboard to greater insight into the topic. The paperback version is not pricy considering the ease and scholarship it puts at the fingertips of students and scholars alike.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2001
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This is an excellent resource for students, pastors, scholars and people in the pews. The scholarship is of the highest level but the book is also very readable. The paperback version is reasonably priced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2014
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This is a resource that can reveal the theological understanding of many of the ancient church fathers. It is topically driven and written in clear English. It can provide a reader with an expansive bibliography of many other works to help the reader gain a broad perspective on a number of topics.
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