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History of the Christian Church, 8 vols. Hardcover – July 1, 2006
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Anyone who may have trouble with the few Hebrew and Greek words but really want to understand this in 'History of the Christian Church' might want to get a decent Bible Expository Dictionary, unless you are intrested enough in adding a few Lexicon TLOT/TLNT Hendrickson, TDOT/TDNT Kittel, NIDOTT and Exegesis/NIDNTT Zondervan, which can get very costly, but worth it if you are that intrested in furthering your studies. But if cost is a factor, definatly get a Bible Expository Dictionary which range usually between $15 to $30, unlike the latter which can go as high as over $800 to $1000.
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The volumes were published (and revised several times) between 1858 and 1893, except for volumes 5 & 6, The Middle Ages, written by Philip's son David Schaff and published in 1907 & 1910 (after Philip's death in 1893). David Schaff's work is every bit as thorough, but the writing is not up to his father's high standards. The series ends with Beza and the close of the Swiss Reformation.
The scholarship is quite dated, especially Vol. 1, "Apostolic Christianity," which is essentially a late-nineteenth century introduction to the New Testament. That said, though, the virtues of the work far outweigh its shortcomings.
Schaff writes beautifully, and from a broad-minded, nineteenth century evangelical protestant position. All his prejudices are right out in front where we can see them. He extols the many virtues of the various branches of the Christian Church, and he unabashedly condemns its abuses. Yes, Protestants get the better treatment; but when they acted shamefully, Schaff says so and calls them to account (see his chapter on Calvin and Servetus). I disagree with him in places - he has little regard for any form of mysticism (a symptom, no doubt, of his milieu of high modernist rationalism).
I love this work for two reasons: first, it's all here - every writer, every renegade, every little sect, every doctrinal controversy - Schaff doesn't miss a thing.Read more ›
All in all, Schaff is fair in not supressing truth but being blatantly honest of the Church's history. Reading this series can be nothing short of having a powerfully captivating, realistically depicting, lovingly woven history of the Church. This series is a great aide to me in understanding why I am where I am at today, and where I can change to be faithful to the Word of God and His will for the Church.
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Although this is a truly magnificent resource, and thoroughly worth every penny, the asking price here is ridiculous. Shop around. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Last-Minute Mark
Very happy with purchase and great packaging to keep this column intact. Thank you for that.Published 14 months ago by KarissaAngel
This set only goes through the reformations (Swiss and German) but is a great source of church history.Published 15 months ago by Michael C. Young
My son has recently started preaching and these books are very good study and reference resources.Published 18 months ago by Celeste A. Christopher
I'd like to disagree with the previous 2 star rating issued about Phillip Schaffs apologetical approach to history due to the fact that there are many histories in Christianity... Read morePublished on August 14, 2014 by Edwin Mendez
This was recommended to me by pastor and several friends. Having looked through a couple of volumes, this set I would recommend to a serious bible student.Published on July 30, 2014 by Philip G. Hauck
id like to see more hardbound books bound the old way, instead of what these are,,,which is single pages stuck with glue to the binding,,, bring back the old way I say,,,cheersPublished on April 8, 2014 by MattC
this book is an amazing church history. All who have difficulty reading history I recommend to try Schaff. The way he wrote is great. The customer has customer interest at heart. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Maria
Is Philip Schaff's "History of the Christian Church" dated? Yes, in some ways it is. But what does one expect from a book that was written well over one hundred years ago and... Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Doug Erlandson