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Jesus in history, thought, and culture : an encyclopedia
Houlden, J. L. (James Leslie)
First edition.
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2003]

Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations ; 26 cm
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BR145.3 .H68 2003 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
BR145.3 .H68 2003 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This unique multidisciplinary study views Jesus as one of the most central figures in history with a wide-ranging impact on society, literature, art, and philosophy.

* Over 200 wide-ranging A-Z entries on the religious and secular influence of Jesus

* Over 100 contributors, including distinguished international scholars from many religious traditions

* 80 photos, including key works of devotional art from 2,000 years of religious painting and sculpture

* Numerous bibliographic references covering a wide variety of writing about Jesus

Author Notes

Leslie Houlden is a fellow and professor emeritus at King's College London, London, England.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Jesus in History, Thought, and Culture0 aims to collect and organize a myriad of scholarly commentaries on the life and influence ofesus of Nazareth. Houlden, professor emeritus atings College London, utilizes the expertise of some 100 leading authorities across the globe to clearly articulate the unique position ofesus Christ in world civilization. These scholars each add their singular interpretations based on academic background, religious affiliation, gender, and nationality to create this encyclopedic mosaic ofesus. Although heavily influenced by British academics, the text has an international flavor. The alphabetical arrangement of this set is easily browsed thanks to numerous see also0 references to parallel or derivative themes. Each of the 200 precisely written and signed articles range in length from two pages (Crossan,. D.; Didache; Manichaeism; Masculinity; Paranormal0 ) to forty pages ( Art,0 onesus' depiction in art through the ages). A sampling of other articles includes Adoptianism; Baptism; Chinese Christianity; Gnosticism; Hinduism;esus, parables of; Second Coming ofesus0 ; and Wealth.0 A bibliography is provided for each entry suggesting additional reading for study or reflection. In its entirety, almost every aspect of the historicalesus, subsequent theologizing, and cultural interpretation is given a fair and balanced treatment. Reference aids include both a convenient alphabetical and topical list of entries and a concluding glossary of technical terms and comprehensive 80-page general index. Black-and-white illustrations make this encyclopedia aesthetically pleasing. Recommended for academic libraries and large public libraries as well as for appropriate smaller collections. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

This encyclopedia contains nearly 200 entries, unfolds from the scholarly contributions of more than 100 scholars worldwide, yet fascinates and intrigues like the finest fiction. This is not only a one-stop reference guide to a major figure in culture and history but a monument to the career of its editor, Houlden (emeritus, Kings Coll. London), the author of a number of highly regarded works on Jesus who contributed 42 of the entries. Although it is possible to find information on many of this encyclopedia's topics in other (though much older) sources, Houlden's multidisciplinary collection brings together various beliefs and Christologies; various approaches to Christian worship, hymns, and prayers; theological developments (e.g., Gnosticism and Manicheism); music, sculpture, literature, and art (with the largest article at 40 pages); and the interactions of Christianity with other world faiths (e.g., Buddhism). The thoughtful entries on Origen and Nietzsche exhibit a unique understanding of two complex men, the survey on Russian Christianity offers an excellent update since the fall of communism, and articles like John Hick's "Incarnation in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy" exemplify the latest philosophical/ theological thinking. Articles exploring the fourth- and fifth-century schisms over whether Jesus is divine or human illustrate the drama and futility of attempts to understand Jesus completely. Finally, the bibliographies that follow each entry provide enough modern and authoritative sources to satisfy students and scholars alike. Highly recommended for reference collections in both large and small public and academic libraries.--Gary P. Gillum, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Houlden's accurate encyclopedia has 200 entries, arranged alphabetically, by 117 international scholars (mostly from the UK). Entries range in length from one page ("Jesus as Prophet") to 41 ("Art"). Each has cross-references and a brief bibliography; many have photographs. A helpful glossary and index conclude volume 2. Articles cover important scholars (Robert Funk, E.P. Sanders, N.T. Wright), schools of thought (Coptic Christianity, Quaker thought, Syriac tradition), and themes (family, old age, war) as they relate to Jesus. Brief historical and thematic introductions increase the encyclopedia's accessibility. Although its information can also be found in the multivolume Encyclopedia of Christianity, ed. by Erwin Fahlbusch et al. (CH, Oct'99), Houlden's work focuses solely on the phenomenon of Jesus over the past 2,000 years. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic libraries. G. Holloway David Lipscomb University