A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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“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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A compendium of quotations culled from the ten volume Ante-Nicene Fathers and arranged by subject for quick reference. The quotes include comments on 700 theological, moral, and historical topics from prominent figures such as Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, and Hippolytus. Some entries are accompanied by notes or relevant biblical verses. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565633575
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: $uper $aver
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 556,642
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 2.04 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Great resource.

    I have not read this from cover to cover, nor do I intend to. This is a well researched compilation and cross reference for those interested in the early biblical texts and related works which were not included in the Bible as we know it today. The format is more like an encyclopedia than a concordance.

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    Highly Recommend..a Must have Reference

    A very good Reference book, I use it to study or when I receive questions..a Must have over 700 Topics in Alphabetical order..Easy to use & Quick...also it leads you to other sources & writers....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    the ins and outs are curious

    What makes this particular dictionary most striking is who is included and who is not. The Alexandrian philosophical theologians in particular take a front and center position, i.e. Origen and Clement. Western Fathers, i.e. Augustine and his neo-platonic co-mingling of philosophy with theology is not addressed, while Athanasius and Irenaeus and their contribution are hugely overlooked. One wishes for a second edition greatly expanded and with more attention to details. One might also assume this dictionary was done without contributors as none are listed. A future edition demands more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2000

    Great Find!

    I recommend this title to anyone and everyone interested in Christian theology. What makes the diffrence between any good topical guide is the selection and presentation of topics. Here, Bercot has succesfully chosen relevent and concise topics, nothing ambiguous. The dictionary as also very thorough.

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