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Containing nearly seven hundred articles, The Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity allows the reader to explore Eastern Christian civilization in its cultural and religious richness. Contributions come from 50 scholars, including top historians, theologians, linquists, philosophers, musicians, and scholars of liturgy and iconography.
This book covers the major living tradiitons of Eastern Christianity and some which are less familiar. It offers balanced treatment of the Byzantine traditions (Greek, Slav, Romanian, Gregorian) and the Oriental traditions (Armenian, Assyrian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Syrian, Indian), taking account of Orthodox, Catholic and Reformed communities worldwide. Readers will be able to use this book as a basic source of information for differing Eastern Christian churches, and to help them locate information they would have difficulty finding elsewhere. The longer articles put terms, concepts, people and events into context, while offering ways to exploring unfamiliar connections and making useful comparisons.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 576
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9.75 X 6.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0631189661
ISBN-13: 9780631189664

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Containing over 700 articles, this Dictionary allows the reader to explore Eastern Christian civilization with its cultural and religious riches. The articles are written by a team of 50 international contributors, including leading historians, theologians, linguists, philosophers, patrologists, musicians, and scholars of liturgy and iconography.

Author Bio

Ken Parry is Honorary Research Fellow in the Departmentof Ancient History at Macquarie University, Australia. He haspublished numerous articles on Byzantine theology and is the authorof Depicting the Word: Byzantine Iconophile Thought (Brill,1996).

David J. Melling is at Manchester MetropolitanUniversity.

Dimitri Brady is at Manchester MetropolitanUniversity.

Sydney H. Griffith is at the Catholic University ofAmerica.

John F. Healey is at Manchester University.

Editorial Reviews

"It includes almost 700 entries in a manageable volume thatprovides both a handy basis for study and a readable source forbrowsing ... Its major success results from the way in which itcombines together information about all the churches of the Easterntraditions, and so allows their similarities and differences ofthought, practice and history to be discerned ... This is a workthat will be of use and interest to both specialist researchers andstudent readers, and it should be welcomed onto the shelves of bothscholars and librarians." Islam and Christian MuslimRelations

"The Dictionary is a valuable resource intended not only forstudents and scholars, but for anyone interested in EasternChristianity. It will open up a new Christian world to thebeginner, and extend the knowledge of those already acquainted withthe Eastern Churches." Theology

"There is a high level of scholarship for all the entries whichmakes this Dictionary a reliable reference work." Adamantius,Newsletter of the Italian Research Group on "Origen and theAlexandrian Tradition"

"All libraries should have this handy volume." InternationalReview of Biblical Studies

"There is plenty here to learn and inspire." European Journalof Theology

"...for matters liturgical, historical, and theological relatingto the eastern churches, from ancient times to the present it hasno equal. The longer articles covering the history of variousnational churches, geographical regions, and missions areexcellent." Theology Today

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