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The early church : an annotated bibliography of literature in English
Robinson, Thomas A. (Thomas Arthur), 1951-
Publication Information:
[Philadelphia] : American Theological Library Association ; Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, [1993]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 493 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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BR162.2 .R63 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The Early Church: An annotated Bibliography of Literature in English is designed for students and interested laypersons, providing them with a non-technical, informed survey of recent scholarly debate on major topics important to an understanding of the early church. Divided into twenty-six chapters, each with an introductory essay of 2-3 pages, the bibliography contains abstracts of about one thousand books and major articles dealing with the church from the beginning of the second century roughly to the end of the sixth. Specific chapters deal with the development of the cannon, conversion and missions, persecution and martyrdom, monasticism, church office, church and state, creeds, orthodoxy and heresy, regional forms of Christianity, church and society, Constantine and the Christian empire, Christology, women, ethice, Gnosticism, Jewish-Christian relations, Roman society and empire, art and architecture, theology, worship and the liturgy, and patristic exegesis. More general chapters introduce the reader to the basic reference works, including dictionaries, atlases, serials, patristic texts and general histories. The entries are extensively cross-referenced, and user-friendly codes direct the reader to introductory works, survey articles, bibliographies, and collections of primary texts. Each abstract indicates the number of pages of bibliography, indexes, maps, charts, etc., and most abstracts are followed by a list of book reviews, enabling the user to gain access to a wider evaluation of the work in question. Almost forty pages of indexes (general and modern authors) complete the volume, making this a key tool for those interested in the early church.

Author Notes

Brent Shaw, (PhD, Cambridge), Professor of History at the University of Lethbridge,is a contributor to the revised Cambridge Ancient History and to such journals as Classical Philology, Past & Present, and The Journal of Roman Studies, has provided a significant number of abstracts related to the Roman world. Other contributors include M.J. Penton, Terence Donaldson, and Michael DeRoche

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This bibliography is not intended to be comprehensive but concentrates on those sources most accessible to undergraduate and beginning graduate students. Its up-to-date entries of materials from the second through sixth centuries cite reference works, general works, and collections. The general works section is alphabetically subdivided by subject from "Art and Architecture" to "Worship and Liturgy," with further subdivisions under most subjects. Within each subdivision, the well-annotated entries are alphabetical by author. These divisions make it easy for the reader to find entries on subjects of interest. A helpful feature not found in many bibliographies is a set of symbols that indicate the nature of many of the entries (general works, summary articles, and sourcebooks). Also valuable are listings of major book reviews under many of the entries--enabling the beginning student to weigh the value of the sources--and succinct introductions to each section of the bibliography. The bibliography is well done in every way and will be of great value to upper-division undergraduate and beginning graduate students, particularly those with little knowledge of foreign languages. G. Holloway; Institute for Christian Studies