ISBN-10:
0802808263
ISBN-13:
9780802808264
Pub. Date:
12/20/2004
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods

Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods

by James E. Bradley, Richard A. Muller
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ISBN-13: 9780802808264
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/20/2004
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author


Geoffrey W. Bromiley Professor of Church History at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

The P.J. Zondervan Professor for Doctrinal Studies in Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Church History and Related Disciplines
  2. Preliminary Definition of Terms
    The Emergence of Critical Church Historiography
    Methods and Models in the History of Doctrine

    The General/Special Pattern
    The Special or Diachronic Model
    The Great Thinker Model
    The Integral, Synchronic, or Organic Model
  3. Perspective and Meaning in History
  4. The Problem of the Past
    Historical Sources—Their Use and Assessment
    The Problem of Objectivity in Historical Study
    Meaning in History
    Understanding the Past
    History and Self-Understanding
    The Importance of History

  5. The Initial Stages of Research and the Use of Bibliographic and Reference Sources
  6. Selecting and Narrowing a Topic
    Current Research Techniques and New Bibliographic Databases in Church History and Theology
    Church History and Theology: Research in Secondary Sources

    Dissertations and Theses
    Periodical Directories and Abstracts
    Computerized Databases of Secondary Literature
    Scholarly Journals
    Handbooks, Bibliographical Guides, and General Surveys

    Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

    Linguistic Tools: Dictionaries and Paleographic Aids
    Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
    Theological and Church-Historical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
    Historical Atlases and Guides to Historical Geography
  7. Research in Primary Sources and the Use of Text Databases and Materials in Microform
  8. Church History: By Period

    Early Church
    The Medieval Church
    Reformation and Post-Reformation
    Sixteenth- through Eighteenth-Century British Sources
    American Church History

    Computerized Databases and Primary Research
    The New Sources in Microform
    Research in Archives

  9. The Practice of Research and the Craft of Writing
  10. Evaluating Resources and Materials
    Taking Notes
    Collating Notes: The Preliminary Outline
    Survey of Secondary Literature and Paradigms: Writing the First Paragraph
    Writing the First Chapter
    Writing the Last Paragraph
    Footnoting
    Bibliographies
    Research with Computers
    Word Processing the Dissertation

  11. Preparing Lectures and Writing Monographs and Articles
  12. Course Outline and Lecture Preparation
    Lecturing and Teaching
    Preparing the Dissertation for Publication
    Ongoing Research: Articles and Book-Length Projects

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Selected Aids to the Study of Church History and Historical Theology

I. CHURCH HISTORY: REFERENCE AND RESEARCH TOOLS
A. Dissertations and Theses
B. Periodical Directories and Abstracts
C. Scholarly Journals
D. Handbooks, Bibliographical Guides, and General Surveys
E. Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  1. Linguistic Tools: Dictionaries and Paleographical Aids
  2. Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  3. Dictionaries of Anonyms and Pseudonyms
  4. Theological and Church-Historical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
F. Historical Atlases and Guides to Historical Geography
G. Guides to Archives
II.CHURCH HISTORY: BY PERIOD
A. Early Church
  1. Guides, Manuals, and Encyclopedias
  2. Bibliographies
  3. Editions of Texts and Concordances
B. Medieval and Renaissance
  1. Surveys
  2. Guides, Indices, and Concordances
  3. Periodical Guides
  4. Bibliographies
  5. Editions and Series of Texts and Translations
  6. Studies in Series
C. Reformation and Post-Reformation Europe
  1. Bibliographies and General Surveys
  2. Collections of Sources
III. MODERN BRITISH SOURCES
A. Bibliographical Guides and Handbooks
B. Periodicals and Newspapers: Guides and Indexes
C. National Bibliography and Guides to Sources
D. Biographical Dictionaries
E. Atlases and Dictionaries
F. Guides to Archives and Manuscripts
G. Recent Historiography
IV. AMERICAN CHURCH HISTORY
A. Bibliographical Guides and Handbooks
B. Periodical Guides and Indexes
C. Newspaper Guides
D. General Reference and Research Tools
  1. National Bibliography and Sources
  2. Denominations
  3. Specialized
  4. Bibliographies of Bibliographies
E. Biographical Dictionaries and Directories
F. Encyclopedias and Atlases
G. Archives and Manuscripts
H. Recent Historiography
V. HISTORIOGRAPHY AND HISTORICAL METHOD
VI. GENERAL REFERENCE WORKS FOR THE PROFESSION

APPENDIX:
Computer Applications in Research and Writing and New Sources in Microform

I. ONLINE NETWORK DATABASES
II. ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOGS
III. SCHOLARLY PROJECTS, SERVICES, AND DATABASES ON CD-ROM
IV.MATERIALS IN MICROFORM
A. Major Microfilm, Microfiche Collections
B. Microform Guides and Sources
V. SPECIALIZED RESEARCH TECHNIQUES
VI. SOFTWARE PRODUCTS AND COMPANIES
VII. GUIDES TO WORD PROCESSING

Index of Names

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tspringer on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In Bradley and Muller¿s Church History: An Introduction to Research (1995), the authors presented a study on the presuppositions and procedures in the study of Church History. They offered guidelines to grad students who plan to become professional historians. They first supplied a critical understanding of the problems in studying church history. Then, they showed guidelines on research, writing, and preparation of manuscripts. They also included an extensive bibliographic section and an appendix on electronic application. Bradley and Muller have presented a helpful and tool in studying church history. Scholars interested in studying church history should utilize this book and consider their model of integral history.