The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

Author: Frank Leslie Cross,Elizabeth A. Livingstone

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0192802909

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1800

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Uniquely authoritative and wide-ranging in its scope, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church is the indispensable one-volume reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. It contains over 6,000 cross-referenced A-Z entries, and offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of thisvast and often complex subject, from theology; churches and denominations; patristic scholarship; and the bible; to the church calendar and its organization; popes; archbishops; saints; and mystics. In this revision, innumerable small changes have been made to take into account shifts in scholarly opinion, recent developments, such as the Church of England's new prayer book (Common Worship), RC canonizations, ecumenical advances and mergers, and, where possible, statistics. A number of existingarticles have been rewritten to reflect new evidence or understanding, for example the Holy Sepulchre entry, and there are a few new articles, on Desmond Tutu and Padre Pio, for example. Perhaps most significantly, a great number of the bibliographies have been updated. Established since its first appearance in 1957 as an essential resource for ordinands, clergy, and members of religious orders; ODCC is an invaluable tool for academics, teachers, and students of church history and theology, as well as for the general reader. THEOLOGY- the development of doctrines throughout the ages, with their philosophical background and the different traditions of the major Churches- spirituality and heresy- history of the Reformation and Counter-ReformationPATRISTIC SCHOLARSHIP: Fathers of the Church, on whose work later theology is founded, are covered in detail, for example- the Nag Hammadi papyri and their significance for our understanding of Gnosticism- the problems of Marcarius of Egypt and Macarius/Simeon are explored- the recently discovered sermons of Augustine are mentioned, with their places of publication listedCHURCHES AND DENOMINATIONS- the beliefs and structures of both the mainstream and lesser-known denominations such as Amish, Muggletonians, Shakers, and Wee Frees- lengthy articles on the history of Christianity throughout the world, in countries such as Angola, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, the United States, Vietnam, and ZaireTHE CHURCH CALENDAR AND ORGANIZATION- feast and saints' days- Sacraments- church services, offices, rites, and practices- canon law including Catholic revision- councils and synods- religious ordersTHE BIBLE- individual Biblical Books- major figures from Abraham, Moses, and King David to St Paul and the Evangelists- schools of Biblical criticism and entries on their chief exponentsBIOGRAPHICAL ENTRIES- these are wide ranging and include saints, popes, patriarchs, and archbishops- emperors, kings, and other rulers- mystics, heretics, and reformers- theologians and philosophers, with a summary of their opinions- artists, poets, and musicians

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

Author: E. A. Livingstone,M. W. D. Sparks,R. W. Peacocke

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199659621

Category: Reference

Page: 640

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Based on the acclaimed 'Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church', this is a guide for both students and the general reader. It contains over 5,000 entries, and is suitable for those with an interest in Christianity.

Encyclopedia of Early Christianity

Author: Everett Ferguson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815333197

Category: Reference

Page: 1213

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First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought

Author: Adrian Hastings,Alistair Mason,Hugh Pyper

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198600240

Category: Religion

Page: 777

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Entries explore the history of Christian thought from Catholic, Prostestant, and Orthodox perspectives, and discuss regional and national traditions, various denominations, theological topics, symbolism, and controversial issues.

A Dictionary of the Bible

Author: W. R. F. Browning

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191585068

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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A Dictionary of the Bible is the most acclaimed, accessible, and up-to-date dictionary of its kind. Containing over 2,000 authoritative entries it provides clear and concise information about all of the important places, people, themes, and doctrines of the Bible. Terms range from earthquakes and mice to martyrs and art, and new to this edition are entries on Act of God, Old Testament and New Testament theology, Hanukkah, the Koran, mysticism, and many more. This dictionary features a detailed bibliography, biographies of Bible scholars, a conversion table of measures, weights, and values, a chronology of important dates in Biblical history, and historical maps (showing Israel in Canaan; the near east in the time of the Assyrian Empire; Palestine under the Herods; the background of the New Testament; Rome and the East). In addition, entries on the books of the Bible have been grouped in alphabetical order and conveniently located in a tinted centre section for quick reference. Recommended web links in the appendix provide valuable extra information, these links are accessed and kept up to date via the Dictionary of the Bible companion website. With lively and informative A-Z entries and an array of useful supplementary material, this dictionary is essential for students and teachers of theology and religious education, and it is an absorbing reference work for all readers of the Bible.

Dictionary Of Saints

Author: John J. Delaney

Publisher: Image

ISBN: 0385515200

Category: Religion

Page: 702

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An updated biographical resource lists personal facts, accomplishments, and more about individuals throughout history who have been canonized, in a resource complemented by a list of feast days, an index of patron saints, and other useful appendixes. Reprint.

The Oxford dictionary of popes

Author: John Norman Davidson Kelly,Michael J. Walsh

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198614333

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 349

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This fascinating dictionary gives concise accounts of every officially recognized pope in history, from St Peter to Pope Benedict XVI, as well as all of their irregularly elected rivals, the so-called antipopes. Each pope and antipope's entry covers his family and social background and pre-papal career as well as his activities in office. An appendix provides a detailed discsussion and analysis of the tradition that there has been a female pope. The entries are arranged chronologically making this a continuous history of the papacy over almost 2,000 years. It reveals how, for much of that history, spiritual and temporal power have been inextricably mingled in the person of the pope. A fascinating read for students of theology and history, as well as the general reader with an interest in Christian history.

Encyclopedia of Christianity

Author: John Stephen Bowden

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195223934

Category: Religion

Page: 1364

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Presents a collection of alphabetically arranged articles related to Christianity, covering its history, events, and important figures and individuals. Includes maps, charts, and illustrations.

A Concise Dictionary of Theology

Author: Gerald O'Collins,Edward G. Farrugia

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 1587682362

Category: Theology

Page: 310

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"This third edition identifies and clarifies a thousand central theological terms, providing necessary information about their origin, the history of their usage, and their place in the story of Christianity. The authors have introduced into many entires findings from the latest scholarship, as well as fresh developoments in the church life and teaching. For easy reference, there are also both a chart of the Catholic Church's twenty-one general councils and a timeline." - back cover.

Dictionary of Christian Spirituality

Author: N.A

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310531039

Category: Religion

Page: 864

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In recent decades Christian spirituality, spiritual formation and spiritual theology have become important concepts in the global evangelical community. Consequently, an accessible and reliable academic resource is needed on these topics—one that will offer a discerning orientation to the wealth of ecumenical resources available while still highlighting the distinct heritage and affirming the core grace-centered values of classic evangelical spirituality. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality reflects an overarching interpretive framework for evangelical spiritual formation: a holistic and grace-filled spirituality that encompasses relational (connecting), transformational (becoming), and vocational (doing) dynamics. At the same time, contributors respectfully acknowledge the differences between Reformed, Holiness, and Pentecostal paradigms of the spiritual life. And, by bringing together writers from around the world who share a common orthodoxy, this reference work is truly global and international in both its topical scope and contributors. Entries give appropriate attention to concepts, concerns, and formative figures in the evangelical tradition of spirituality that other reference work neglect. They offer a discerning orientation to the wealth of ecumenical resources available, exploring the similarities and differences between Christianity and alternate spiritualities without lapsing into relativism. The Dictionary of Christian Spirituality is a resource that covers a wide range of topics relating to Christian spirituality and is biblically engaged, accessible, and relevant for all contemporary Christians.

The Oxford Dictionary of Saints, Fifth Edition Revised

Author: David Hugh Farmer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199596603

Category: Reference

Page: 496

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The renowned Oxford Dictionary of Saints returns in a revised and updated form, providing concise accounts of the lives, cults, and artistic associations of over 1,400 saints, from the famous to the obscure. Featuring new entries on recently canonized saints from around the world, and a new appendix on pilgrimages.

The Death of God

The Culture of Our Post-Christian Era

Author: Gabriel Vahanian

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1606089846

Category: Religion

Page: 286

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The death of God began, according to Vahanian, the moment Western man started to compromise with the Biblical concept of God transcendent, and to merge the identity of the Godhead with the identity of humankind. From this compromise evolved the belief in the possibility of heaven on earth, in human perfectibility, in the expectation that man, both individually and collectively, can control his termporal fate. Today, as a consequence, Western society not only exalts all possible material comforts, but requires as well easy, guaranteed, status-assuring religious affiliations. The present search for "inner security" is in direct opposition to the toleration of doubt that tests the strength of genuine religious faith. And Vahanian shows how our spiritual decline is reflected in much of the most important imaginative writing of today.

The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia

Author: Felix Wilfred

Publisher: Oxford University Press (UK)

ISBN: 0199329060

Category: Religion

Page: 657

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This Handbook explores the world of Asian Christianity and its manifold expressions, including worship, theology, spirituality, inter-religious relations, interventions in society, and mission. The volume's contributors' deconstruct many of the widespread misconceptions and interpretations of Christianity in Asia. The essays analyze how the spread of Christianity in Asia is linked with the socio-political and cultural processes of colonization, decolonization, modernization, democratization, identity construction of social groups, and various social movements. With a particular focus on inter-religious encounters and the theological and spiritual paradigms emerging in the continent, the volume provides alternative frames for understanding the phenomenon of conversion and shows how the scriptures of other religious traditions are used in the practice of Christianity in Asia. The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia draws insightful conclusions on the historical, contemporary, and future trajectory of its subject by combining the contributions of scholars in a wide variety of disciplines, including theology, sociology, history, political science, and cultural studies.

Encyclopedia of the Early Church

Author: Angelo Di Berardino

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Christian literature, Early

Page: N.A

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The Encyclopedia of the Early Church is a two-volume reference work providing concise and precise information on all topics concerning the first eight centuries of Christianity. Valuable to historians, archaeologists, philosophers, and philologists as well as theologians, this work extends the knowledge of how Christianity evolved to become the most important influence in the history of Western civilization. Tracing the growth of the church from its tiny beginnings in an upper room to its dominance of Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa in the eighth century, scholars from many disciplines produced articles ranging from a few sentences to ten thousand words on all the major and most of the minor people, works, ideas, and issues of the formative period of Christianity. The first major encyclopedia to cover the life, thought, and growth of Christianity, this work offers full treatment of doctrines, creeds, and heresies, of iconography and art history, of archaeology and geography, and of monasticism and asceticism.

The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion

Author: Raphael Jehudah Zwi Werblowsky,Geoffrey Wigoder

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 764

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A comprehensive reference on Judaism features nearly 2,400 entries on important figures in Jewish history, religious issues, Hewbrew words and phrases, and covers all traditions within the faith

The Dictionary of Historical Theology

Author: Trevor A. Hart,Richard Bauckham

Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780802839077

Category: Reference

Page: 599

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The Dictionary of Historical Theology is a major new reference work designed for everyone with an interest in the history and development of Christian theology. With 314 entries covering the key figures, theological movements, and significant texts that have shaped Christian thought, The Dictionary of Historical Theology traces the doctrinal development of Christianity from the early church to the present. Varying in length from 500 to 15,000 words, these entries treat the intellectual antecedents and descendents of the figures or schools of thought covered as well as their influence on the wider development of the Christian theological tradition. The 173 contributors to The Dictionary of Historical Theology are without exception proven experts on the topics they address. Drawn from international and interdenominational circles, they tell the story of Christianity from a wide variety of perspectives, successfully capturing the great diversity of traditions that make up the Christian community today. -- Traces Christian theology from the early church to the present -- Covers the key figures, trends, and texts -- Written by 173 acclaimed contributors -- International and interdenominational in orientation -- Reflects the best, most current scholarship in the field -- Includes succinct bibliographies for further study -- Carefully compiled index at end of book -- Useful to teachers, students, ministers, and general readers alike Comprehensive in scope yet concisely written, The Dictionary of Historical Theology is the most accessible and reliable single-volume compendium of Christian thought available.