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What's new in the Second Edition:

Some 250 new entries-25% more than in the first edition.; 25 new expert contributors; Bibliographies are greatly expanded and updated throughout; More focus on biblical books and philosophical schools, their influence on early Christianity and their use by patristic writers; More information about the Jewish and pagan environment of early Christianity; Greatly enlarged coverage of the eastern expansion of the faith throughout Asia, including persons and literature; More extensive treatment of saints, monasticism, worship practices, and modern scholars; Greater emphasis on social history and more theme articles; More illustrations, maps, and plans; Additional articles on geographical regions; Expanded chronological table

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Library Journal
This single-volume encyclopedia contains 977 articles by 135 qualified scholars of various academic and ecumenical backgrounds, with coverage extending from New Testament times to approximately 600 A.D. Entries cover persons, places, doctrines, and practices and include some articles on modern scholars important to the study of early Christianity. The entries vary in length, but each begins with a brief definition, or identification, followed by chronological or topical development. Excellent short bibliographies following each article give patristic citations, editions, translations, and studies. The articles avoid technical language and provide good basic summaries of the material. This work will be useful for teachers, scholars, and students as well as for reference work. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-- C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, Ind.
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The model of a scholarly and readable reference, this volume, containing contributions by more than 100 scholars, surveys the first six centuries of the Christian faith. Incorporating the most recent research findings, some 900 signed entries, from brief paragraphs to 4,000-word essays explore aspects of the subject from theological, historical, and literary viewpoints. The citations, bibliographies, and index are expertly assembled. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Everett Ferguson received S.T.B. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, where he was Honorary John Harvard Fellow. He has taught most of his career at Abilene Christian University, where he has twice been honored in his college as Teacher of the Year. Everett Ferguson has been president of the North American Patristic Society, served on the Council of the American Society of Church History, and is now on the Council of the Association Internationale d'ftudes Patristiques. His books include Backgrounds of Early Christianity, 2nd ed. (1993), Early Christians Speak, rev. ed. (1987), and (with A.J. Malherbe) Gregory of Nyssa: Life of Moses(1378). He was founding editor of The Second Century, co-editor of Journal of Early Christian Studies, and general editor of Garland's 18-volume Studies in Early Christianity(1993).

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Table of Contents

A sampling of the coverage

Abortion * Angels * Augustine * Catacombs * China * Constantine (the Great) * Demons * Divorce * Eve * Exorcism * Gnosticism * Homosexuality * Image of God * India * Leo I the Great * Madeba Map * Marcus Aurelius * Monasticism * Nag Hammadi * Origen * Papacy * Pilgrimage * Purgatory * Rule of Faith * Sexuality * Thomas * Virgins

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