Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia

Overview

"The first full encyclopedic handling of the thought and influence of St. Augustine of Hippo....Topics range from the general (Anthropology, Archaeology, Love, Time) to the specific (personal names, places, and Latin titles)....Recommended for academic and seminary libraries and public library collections." —LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Whether one is just beginning to read Augustine or consults him regularly, whether one is a scholar or a dilettante, a historian or a theologian, an admirer or a critic, this fascinating volume will surely please. Everything

... See more details below
Paperback
$65.38
BN.com price
(Save 24%)$87.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $54.00   
  • New (4) from $60.50   
  • Used (2) from $54.00   
Sending request ...

Overview

"The first full encyclopedic handling of the thought and influence of St. Augustine of Hippo....Topics range from the general (Anthropology, Archaeology, Love, Time) to the specific (personal names, places, and Latin titles)....Recommended for academic and seminary libraries and public library collections." —LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Whether one is just beginning to read Augustine or consults him regularly, whether one is a scholar or a dilettante, a historian or a theologian, an admirer or a critic, this fascinating volume will surely please. Everything that one would expect is here: articles on individual works, brief essays on theological and philosophical matters, detailed discussion of recent archaelogical work (for example, Augustine's church in Hippo), and entries on liturgy, the sacraments, and the Bible. But what sets this encyclopedia apart is that it also gives space to articles on how Augustine has been interpreted by later gernarations — from the early Middle Ages, through the Reformation and Enlightenment, and right up to modern times. Augustine through the Ages is a book to savor, to return to often, and to open with anticipation....Indispensable." —ROBERT LOUIS WILKEN University of Virginia

"A comprehensive one-volume guide to Augustine's life and teaching, his background and influence, together with an introductory review of each of his many writings. Multiple authorship acquaints readers with a variety of views and interpretations, while the dictionary format enables rapid reference. This is a most useful item to have on one's bookshelves!" —FRANCES YOUNG University of Birmingham

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Choice
Augustine of Hippo, one of the great Latin church fathers, is well served by this encyclopedia. Little is missed of his life, works, and contemporaries.... The signed entries are substantial, and each has a supporting bibliography. Editions and translations of Augustine's own works are listed. There is even an article on Augustine in cyberspace.... This volume is essential for all serious collections in religion, church history, history of philosophy, and late antiquity. Highly recommended even to smaller academic and larger public libraries.
Christian History
The encyclopedia's entries cover a wide range of topics, making it a terrific starting place for tracing Augustine's thoughts from their origins to some fascinating conclusions.
Expository Times (UK)
A very remarkable accomplishment.... An almost comprehensive account is given within the compass of one volume and in a very clear and legible form.... The organizational skills which have gone into the volume are formidable.... Likewise the number and internationally distinguished nature of the group of contributors ensures the depth, reliability and consistency of the scholarship; and so the volume is bound to become a basic research tool for students, as well as a standard general work of reference. All in all it is a very pleasing and very welcome book.
First Things
A magnificent achievement.... Essential for academic libraries, this splendid book is warmly recommended for parish and personal collections, where it should receive regular use by Christians who understand that, whether we know it or not, we are all Augustinians now—and have been for a millennium and a half.
Heythrop Journal
"A more than welcome addition to the shelves of any theologian or church historian, certainly to the shelves of any theological library, large or small.... This volume, from "Abortion" to "World" by way of "Cyberspace, Augustine in", is a one-stop solution to the study of the life and writings of Augustine of Hippo. It will be of enormous benefit to all students of theology and their mentors, and not only to those who find the Augustinus Lexikon rather too daunting. I cannot recommend it too highly. Fr. Fitzgerald is to be congratulated both on his courage in undertaking the task, and on the high standards which he set—and maintained."
Jaroslav Pelikan
It is an honor and a pleasure to salute this splendid achievement and to commend it to readers.
Jean Bethke Elshtain
A superb reference work that will rapidly become indispensable for Augustinian scholars and all those interested in the late antique world that gave birth to that most extraordinary of figures, Augustine of Hippo.
First Things
Reference & Research Book News
An encyclopedic treatment of the life, thought, and influence of arguably the most influential Western Christian thinker after the apostles, Augustine of Hippo.... Indexes, cross-references, and current bibliographies should make this volume a useful research tool.
The New Criterion
The book is, quite simply, magisterial. It is also, equally evidently, a labor of love. The volume contains almost five hundred entries representing contributions from more than 140 scholars—most of whom are from North America—in fields ranging from classics, philosophy, and political science to theology and patristics.... Each entry has an extensive scholarly apparatus, including bibliography and cross-references to other entries. Further enhancing its usefulness, the book begins with a complete list of entries and ends with a full index to aid the reader in locating subjects that are not apparent from entry titles.... If this book makes easier the life of a scholar seeking to pin down an esoteric piece of information, it will have done its job well. But if it makes Augustine more readily accessible to the ordinary reader, it will have done a greater service both to that reader and to the vitality of the western canon.
Times Literary Supplement
"This inexpensive volume is a fine achievement. Few figures in history are so great in their own time and so lastingly influential that they can stand being made the subject of an encyclopedia of over 900 pages. If not every article is a masterpiece, the majority are admirably done by a distinguished team of well-informed scholars. Lucid articles summarize Augustine's numerous extant works and the major themes of his writing..... Notable is the decision to survey Augustine's subsequent influences on, for instance, Boethius, Gregory the Great, Carolingian debates, Peter Lombard, Luther and Reformation, Seripando and Trent, Renaissance humanism, Jansenius, Blondel, Harnack and Heidegger..... The bibliographies are valuable. All in all, a desirable, well-produced volume."
Worship
The encyclopedia will undoubtedly be the standard reference work for those interested in Augustine's great influence on the modern Christian church and the world.
Library Journal
Providing the first full encyclopedic handling of the thought and influence of St. Augustine of Hippo, editor Fitzgerald (Augustinian Patristic Inst., Rome; editor of Augustinian Studies for Villanova Univ.) and four associate editors supply a much-needed reference for this major patristic figure in the development of Western religious thought. Over 140 scholars have supplied more than 400 articles ranging generally from 200 to 2000 words on double-column pages. Each article is signed, and most contain bibliographies citing both older and more recent scholarship. Topics range from the general ("Anthropology," "Archaeology," "Love," "Time") to the specific (personal names, places, and Latin titles). A foreword by Jaroslav Pelikan was not seen by this reviewer; nor were the subject and name indexes. Because Augustine's own life appears not under his name but under "Life, Cultures and Controversies of Augustine," the index quality will be especially important for mining content. The inclusion of maps and illustrations would have been a plus. Recommended for academic and seminary libraries and public library collections where there is demand.--Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Fitzgerald (patristics, Augustinian Patristic Institute, Rome, and editor of for Villanova U.) presents an encyclopedic treatment of the life, thought, and influence of arguably the most influential Western Christian thinker after the apostles, Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430). Includes some 400 articles written by scholars whose academic backgrounds include classics, history, philosophy, political science, and theology, and which cover every aspect of Augustine's life and writings and trace his influence on the church and on the development of Western thought. Indexes, cross- references, and current bibliographies should make this volume a useful research tool. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802864796
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Pages: 902
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)