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A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs

Edited By: David W. Bercot
Hendrickson Publishers / 1998 / Hardcover

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Interest in the ways of the early church has never been more intense. What did early Christians believe about the divinity of Christ? What did they think about resurrection? How did they regard John the Baptist? What were the beliefs of those who sat at the feet of Jesus' disciples? Now, for the first time, a unique dictionary has been developed to furnish ready answers to these questions and others like them. David W. Bercot has painstakingly combed the writings of these early Christian leaders and categorized the heart of their thinking into more than 700 theological, moral, and historical topics to create this book.

Wonderfully suited for devotional or thematic study as well as sermon illustration, this resource offers a window into the world of the early church and affords a special opportunity to examine topically the thoughts of men like Clement of Rome, Ignatius, and Polycarp, who were students of the original apostles, as well as the thoughts of other great lights in the life of the early church such as Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Tertullian. For anyone interested in historic Christianity, this book cannot be overlooked. This book features:
  • Relevant comments on key Christian concepts from prominent figures such as Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, and Hippolytus
  • Key biblical verses associated with each topic
  • Brief definitions of unfamiliar terms or concepts
  • A "Who's Who" of Ante-Nicene Christianity to put in context the ancient Christian writers
  • Discussion of more than 700 key theological, moral, and historical topics
  • Strategic cross-references to related topics
  • A topical index to the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 720
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.12 (inches)
ISBN: 1565638700
ISBN-13: 9781565638709
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Interest in the ways of the early church has never been more intense. What did early Christians believe about the divinity of Christ? What were the beliefs of those who sat at the feet of Jesus’ disciples? Now, for the first time, a unique dictionary has been developed to allow easy access to the ancient material and furnish ready answers to these questions and others like them. David W. Bercot has painstakingly combed the writings of these early church leaders and categorized the heart of their thinking into more than 700 theological, moral, and historical topics to create A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs. Wonderfully suited for devotional or thematic study as well as sermon illustration, this resource offers a window into the world of the early church and affords a special opportunity to examine topically the thoughts of students of the original apostles, as well as other great lights in the life of the early church.

• Collects relevant comments on key Christian concepts from prominent figures such as Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, and Hippolytus.
• Includes key biblical verses associated with a given topic.
• Offers brief definitions of unfamiliar terms or concepts, allowing easy access to the ancient material.
• Provides a "Who's Who" of ante-Nicene Christianity to put in context the ancient Christian writers.
• Discusses more than 700 key theological, moral, and historical topics.
• Gives strategic cross-reverences to related topics.
• Functions as a topical index to the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers.

Author Bio

David W. Bercot, an Anglican priest and an attorney, graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and Baylor University School of Law. He is the author of Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up and is a member of the North American Patristics Society.

Editorial Reviews

"At times sermons and books refer to the beliefs and writings of early Christian leaders, and this dictionary is a compilation of those, arranged according to more than seven hundred topics. What did Clement of Alexandria say about abortion? What did Irenaeus note concerning the priesthood of the believer? How did Justin Martyr view the matter of divorce? Needless to say, the book is very interesting.

"The book begins with a ’Who’s Who’ listing of the ante-Nicene Fathers whose comments are included throughout this reference tool. The section lists not only their names but also what they are remembered for, when they lived, and how to pronounce their names. ’How to Use This Dictionary’ at the beginning is useful too. . . . it is good to have a handy resource on what [the church fathers] believed and said." —Baptist Bulletin


"A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs is the best overall introduction to the ante-Nicene fathers in print, and is perfect for group study! The ultimate Sunday school reference work.
—www.AmericanVision.org

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  1. Age: 35-44
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful place to start
    August 24, 2011
    Denise
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    This is an amazing book and a wonderful starting place for looking up early church beliefs.

    Of course it can't contain everything. If you want something that doesn't leave anything out, buy the whole set of ante Nicene writings. If you want a nice one volume reference, this book is for you.

    You could easily spend hours in amazement as to what early Christians believed and how far mainstream Christianity has changed from the original.
  2. Age: 55-65
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    November 8, 2008
    dennis dickinson
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    This text is probably more note worthy for what it leaves out than for what it puts in. The Author will not stand before anyone who has actually read the early Fathers. Seems he found what he wanted to find rather than what was there. I reviewed the book for a friend and found it very poor indeed! I teach the Early Church Fathers and this book will not be found helpful to any reader.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 11, 2008
    Sherwin Samonte
    An excellent resource for those who have no access to the volumes of ante-Nicene writings. Here is a compilation of important quotations from early Christians arranged topically. Interestingly, through this book, one can trace back Anabaptist doctrines such as non-resistance and non-conformity to early Christianity.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 23, 2007
    Ryan Cartwright
    David Bercot's greatest work on the patristic writings truly help to open a vast body of literature not easily accesible for the average individual. I find this work a very useful tool in assisting to delve deeply into these writings for even those unfamiliar with the Church Fathers. While I would advise to use this book as a starting point to get deeper into the source material it is a spectacular and much needed work for anyone interested in Church history, doctrinal issues and development of theology. Bercot has also prepared many audio lessons which I have found to be very interesting and useful.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 20, 2003
    J.B. Forbes
    Many Christians who are exploring the 'early church' start at around A.D. 325. This dictionary takes you into the time before the Emperors influenced the decisions of the Church. Bercot does an excellent job keeping the commentary to mimimum and letting these early disciples speak for themselves. This should be in every church library!
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