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The Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity


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List of Contributors. Foreword by Rt Revd Kallistos Ware. Preface. This Book and How to Use It. Introduction. Dictionary Entries A-Z. Index.

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Ken Parry is Honorary Research Fellow, Macquarie University, Australia. David J. Melling, Manchester Metropolitan University. Dimitri Brady, Manchester Metropolitan University. Sydney H. Griffith, Catholic University of America. John F. Healey, Manchester University.


Five academics from universities in Manchester, U.K., and the Catholic University of America have created a very useful dictionary on individual Eastern Christian traditions, important historical figures, overviews of major geographical areas, and definitions of specific theological topicsÄterra incognita for the average Westerner. Parry is the author of Depicting the Word: Byzantine Iconophile Thought in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries, while consulting editor John Hinnells is a widely respected editor of comparative religion dictionaries. A dictionary of this type has clearly been needed, as nothing comparable exists in EnglishÄalthough Peter D. Day's The Liturgical Dictionary of Eastern Christianity (Liturgical, 1993. o.p.) was of use in a narrow subject area. A German work edited by Julius Assfalg and Paul Krger (the Kleines W”rterbuch des christlichen Orients, 1975) is probably the best non-English reference on Eastern Christianity. The Blackwell dictionary is concise and reasonably complete in subject coverage, carefully explaining distinctions among Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, the Church of the East, Eastern Catholicism, and dissident Eastern communities. Included are the typical dictionary conventions such as capitalization within articles of those terms for which there is an additional article. Some line drawings are included, but their paucity makes them seem more an afterthought than an integral part of the dictionary. An important and welcome addition to the literature on a poorly understood part of the diverse Christian tradition. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries and all religious/theological collections.ÄWilliam P. Collins, Library of Congress Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"It includes almost 700 entries in a manageable volume that provides both a handy basis for study and a readable source for browsing ... Its major success results from the way in which it combines together information about all the churches of the Eastern traditions, and so allows their similarities and differences of thought, practice and history to be discerned ... This is a work that will be of use and interest to both specialist researchers and student readers, and it should be welcomed onto the shelves of both scholars and librarians." Islam and Christian Muslim Relations "All libraries should have this handy volume." International Review of Biblical Studies "There is plenty here to learn and inspire." European Journal of Theology

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