The Encyclopedia of Christianity: Volume 3, J-O ( The Encyclopedia of Christianity Series)

The Encyclopedia of Christianity: Volume 3, J-O ( The Encyclopedia of Christianity Series)




The Encyclopedia of Christianity is a monumental reference work that addresses the broad interest in Christianity and religion around the world today. Comprehensive, up to date, reflecting the highest standards in scholarship yet intended for a wide range of readers, the EC describes the Christian faith and community in their myriad forms today and throughout the 2,000 years of Christian history. The EC also looks outward beyond Christianity, considering other world religions and philosophies as it paints the overall religious and sociocultural picture in which the Christian church now finds itself in the new millennium. Written by leading scholars from many countries and cultural backgrounds, the more than 1,700 articles in the complete EC depict Christianity in its global context. Separate articles for every continent and for over 170 countries examine both the history and the current situation of the Christian faith worldwide. The EC also portrays Christianity in its widest ecumenical context. Major articles detail Christianity's rich spiritual and theological diversity in order to inform readers about religious traditions and perspectives beyond their own ecclesiastical frameworks.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802824158
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/28/2003
Series: The Encyclopedia of Christianity Series , #3
Pages: 884
Product dimensions: 7.78(w) x 10.56(h) x 1.77(d)

Table of Contents

List of Entriesvii
Consulting Editorsxv
Biblical Books, with the Apocryphaxxii
Old Testament Pseudepigraphaxxiii
Early Church Writings, with Nag Hammadi Tractatesxxiii
Dead Sea Scrollsxxiii
Classical Targums and Rabbinic Writingsxxiv
Other Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Writingsxxiv
Modern Publications and Editionsxxiv
States and Provincesxxvii
Entries J-O1

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