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New Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity

Apr. 25, 2014

by Joel Elowsky

InterVarsity Press has just released its new Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, edited by Angelo Di Berardino, with consulting editors Thomas Oden and Joel Elowsky, along with Jim Hoover who was the project's editor at IVP.

From IVP's website (follow link for further information):

The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity covers eight centuries of the Christian church and comprises 3,220 entries by a team of 266 scholars from 26 countries representing a variety of Christian traditions. It draws upon such fields as archaeology, art and architecture, biography, cultural studies, ecclesiology, geography, history, philosophy, and theology.

This three-volume encyclopedia offers unparalleled, comprehensive coverage of the people, places and ideas of ancient Christianity, including:

cultural currents
events and movements
iconography and architecture
texts and translations
theological terms
Christian sects

The encyclopedia's A-to-Z coverage extends from "Aaron (iconography)" to "Zosimus, pope" and chronologically from Christianity's origins to Bede (d. 735) in the West and John of Damascus (d. ca. 749) in the Greek East, with detailed emphasis on the first four centuries of Christian history.

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