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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church Hardcover – March 13, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0192116550 ISBN-10: 019211655X Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1824 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (March 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019211655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192116550
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

It will come as no surprise to those already familiar with earlier editions (1957, 1974) that the third edition of this title remains unrivaled as the authoritative one-volume dictionary of the Christian church, its doctrines and practices, and its most influential historical figures. In addition, the reader will find a host of entries pertaining to the Bible and its world. Because of the rise of theologies of liberation since the publication of the second edition, and because of a growing awareness of the need to heed Christian cultures often regarded as on the fringes of Christendom, many doctrinal articles have undergone revision and many have been added. Prominent Evangelicals have also been included (though, owing to this work's decidedly historical thrust, only rarely does the name of a living figure appear). Since the first edition, the need to involve a growing number of experts working in collaboration has been acknowledged, and those named in the editor's preface and in the list of contributors now exceeds 480. The bibliographies for many entries have been updated since the second edition. For future editions, the editors might consider using a standard Bible translation other than the Authorized Version, whose usage has declined sharply in recent decades. From a researcher's standpoint, one might also hope to see the names of contributors under each entry. Nevertheless, this is highly recommended for general libraries, especially those that serve the needs of informed lay readers or ecclesiastical researchers.?Robert H. O'Connell, Denver, Col.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

We called the third edition of this work (1997) "one of the finest scholarly reference works available for Christianity." Now comes the third revised, described in the introductory note as "a modest exercise, designed to incorporate changes which would not fit into successive reprintings and to include some updating wanted for a projected online version." There are a few new articles, but most of the changes were made to the bibliographies. Mary Ellen Quinn
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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This is an excelent tool for research and information.
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The topics covered are not short descriptions of a few sentences but multi-paragraph articles that are well researched, very readable, and remarkably complete.
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If the reader can afford it, he ought to obtain all of the editions of this work.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By David Bennett VINE VOICE on October 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Okay, my title is a bit oversimplified. But the truth is this: If you wish to study Church history and need to find the basic salient facts quickly, there is no better place to look than the Oxford Dictionary. The entries are extremely concise, but sources and other references are provided for possible future research. While the Dictionary is certainly dominated by Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox scholars (because the church history field is dominated by these denominations), the third edition is more ecumenical than past editions. I attend a Methodist seminary and the professors highly suggested that if we buy any book, we buy this one.
Whenever I have a church question I come to this dictionary. As a seminary student I have used the dictionary in every class, even Bible classes (many Biblical books and theological terms have entries). When professors' lectures become muddled, the textbooks do not explain the material clearly, or a parishioner has a tricky question about the Church, the Oxford Dictionary will come through. Virtually every topic in early and later Church history, and Christian thought has an entry. While the price might be a bit steep, for seminarians, scholars, pastors/priests, and church history buffs, this is the essential one-volume set. Also, at the very end is a convenient list of popes and anti-popes.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on October 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As is not surprising, considering the publishing source, the "Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church" is the foremost single-volume reference work of its kind. Indispensible for clergy, seminarians, and academics, this book is valuable and accessible for the layman as well. Regardless of whether you are Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant; regardless of whether you are liberal, conservative, progressive or revisionist; if you take any serious interest in the whys and wherefores of Christianity -- you need this book on your shelf.
This volume is non-denominational and non-polemic. It does not seek to convince, but rather to inform. And it accomplishes its task with impressive thoroughness. Even if you already have an earlier edition, strongly consider this purchase.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
'The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church', edited by the late F.L. Cross and E. A. Livingstone, is perhaps the authoritative, one-volume encyclopedia of information on Christianity. With over 480 contributors, from a myriad of denominational backgrounds, this book has a completeness that is unrivalled. Scholars from Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and other denominations, as well as Jewish and secular authorities from all over the world, have written or contributed to articles that reflect as best possible an unbiased and authoritative compilation of history, theology, liturgy, scriptural study, art, biographies, denominational and calendrical organisation, and inter-religious attitudes.
The current edition, published in 1997, is the third edition of the ODCC to appear since its was first issued in 1957. It has an unrivalled reputation since first being published by Oxford don and cleric F.L. Cross. After his death, Dr. E.A. Livingstone took the helm to oversee production of the current volume.
There is increased coverage of the Eastern Churches, certain issues in moral theology, and developments stemming from the Second Vatican Council. Numerous new entries have been added and the extensive bibliographies have been brought up to date. Readers are provided with over 6,000 authoritative cross-referenced entries covering all aspects of the subject.
The book is over 1750 pages in length, very much the ready reference rather than the narrative sort, but many of the longer articles provide depth and detail, and articles generally include references for further research at the conclusion.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John Switzer on February 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a PhD candidate at the Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, I have to say that this volume is indispensable for anyone involved in religious education, catechetics, preaching or teaching religious history or theology. There is no other source so comprehensive or wide in its approach. A truly fantastic resource.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Erik on December 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a Postulant to the Deaconate in the Episcopal (Anglican) Church. As a student, this resource is without equal. Excellent information with Bibliographic information included in each citation. Excellent overall resource for anyone engaged in formal study of the Christian Church.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Johnnie L Hough on May 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an excelent tool for research and information. I find that when I look up one topic, I am reading the references and what comes before and after what I originally wanted to know. It's accurate, brief and easy to read. It's a must have book for serious students of theology and history.
I am an Episcopal Deacon and Hospital Chaplain. I also teach in our School for the Diaconate. I would be lost without this book nearby at home and at work.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Ethridge on June 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Filled with historical facts, the dictionary provides brief sketches of significant people and events in the history of the church. There is a strong bias toward Catholic/Anglican history, but anyone interested in the history of the Christian Church will find it useful. The articles are well cross-referenced, but the editor assumes the readers has an understanding of major church events. As a pastor, I use the material for quick reference in preaching and teaching preparation.
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