In its portrayal of Christianity, the EC also takes into account the current sociocultural context, including other world religions, secular philosophies, cultural trends, and modern political and economic forces. Covering such current topics as abortion, atheism, Islam, modernity, and psychoanalysis, these articles describe the multifarious settings in which the Christian church today must maintain a credible witness to the ancient gospel. Finally, the EC presents Christianity in its rich historical context, starting with the biblical tradition and showing how the apostolic tradition developed and how the church has sought throughout history to keep faith with its traditions while engaging the world around it.
Volume 3 of the EC contains 342 articles constituting the alphabetical entries J-O -- articles on significant topics ranging from Jesus, the kingdom of God, liberation theology, and Martin Luther to medical ethics, the Middle Ages, North American theology, and the Orthodox Church. Like each volume in the complete EC, this book incorporates many enhancements of and additions to the third revised edition of the German Evangelisches Kirchenlexikon: Internationale theologische Enzyklopadie, on which the EC is based. Unparalleled in scholarship and breadth of content, the Encyclopedia of Christianity will long serve as the standard reference work for the study of Christianity in the past and the present -- and its trajectory into the twenty-first century.
Table of Contents
|List of Entries||vii|
|Biblical Books, with the Apocrypha||xxii|
|Old Testament Pseudepigrapha||xxiii|
|Early Church Writings, with Nag Hammadi Tractates||xxiii|
|Dead Sea Scrolls||xxiii|
|Classical Targums and Rabbinic Writings||xxiv|
|Other Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Writings||xxiv|
|Modern Publications and Editions||xxiv|
|States and Provinces||xxvii|