For those interested in engaging serious studies in the Patristics, Drobners The Father's of the Church: A Comprehensive Introduction is an indispensable resource that provides a complete introductions to patristic historical, literary, and theological study, a list of necessary primary and secondary resources, for publications, monographs, journals, and on the internet.Drobner then proceeds to introduce the formation of the biblical canon highlighting extra-canonical books, and then gives a comprehensive introduction to every Church Father and their works up to the mid-eighth century. This book is landmark in Patristic studies and it will remain useful far into the future (as its solid hardback cover suggests), and can be used as a reference work, a textbook, and overall excellent source of information on the church fathers.
Good, solid, contemporary introductions to patristic authors and writings are difficult to find in the English-speaking world, and European volumes are expensive. This volume, which is Siegfried Schatzmann's translation of Lehrbuch der Patrologie, offers English-speaking readers easy access to Hubertus R. Drobner's traditional introduction to early Christian thought.
Hubertus R. Drobner brings patristics scholarship up to date in this traditional introduction. His work is sufficiently broad to be a useful summary of early Christian history and the expansive strokes of doctrinal debate and development and provides a clear presentation of early Christian thought.
Drobner introduces new materials throughout this updated edition of his handbook. A general map and several timetables add to the clarity of the volume.
The Fathers of the Church is valuable in its presentation of contemporary studies and views. Patristics students will benefit from this dependable overview of early Christian texts, and scholars and libraries will appreciate the extensive bibliography, indexes, and other resources.
Hubertus R. Drobner (DD, University of Oxford) is chair of church history in the Theological Faculty at the University of Paderborn, Germany.
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