The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity by John Arnold

The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity
  • Author : John Arnold
  • Publisher : Oxford Handbooks
  • ISBN Code : 0199582130
  • Pages : 580
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This volume brings together the latest scholarship on the beliefs, practices, and institutions of the Christian Church between 400 and 1500 AD. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Christianity is about the beliefs, practices, and institutions of the Roman Church between 400 and 1500AD, and brings together in one volume a host of cutting-edge analysis. The book does not primarily provide a chronological narrative, but rather seeks to demonstrate the variety, change, and complexity of religion across this long period, and the numerous different ways in which modern scholarship can approach it. It presents the work of thirty academic authors, from the US, the UK, and Europe, addressing topics that range from early medieval monasticism to late medieval mysticism, from the material wealth of the Church to the spiritual exercises through which certain believers might attempt to improve their souls. Each chapter tells a story, but seeks also to ask how and why "Christianity" took on a particular shape at a particular moment, paying attention to both the spiritual and otherwordly aspects of religion, and the very material and political contexts in which they were often embedded. The book aims to be an indispensable guide to future discussion in the field--Publisher description.


The Oxford Handbook of Christian Monasticism by Bernice M. Kaczynski

The Oxford Handbook of Christian Monasticism
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Christian Monasticism
  • Author : Bernice M. Kaczynski
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199689733
  • Pages : 752
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The Oxford Handbook of Christian Monasticism addresses, for the first time in one volume, multiple strands of Christian monastic practice. Forty-four essays consider historical and thematic aspects of the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Protestant, and Anglican traditions, as well as contemporary 'new monasticism'.


The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation by Paul M. Blowers

The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation
  • Author : Paul M. Blowers
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 019871839X
  • Pages : 784
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The Bible was the essence of virtually every aspect of the life of the early churches. The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation explores a wide array of themes related to the reception, canonization, interpretation, uses, and legacies of the Bible in early Christianity. Each section contains overviews and cutting-edge scholarship that expands understanding of the field. Part One examines the material text transmitted, translated, and invested with authority, and the very conceptualization of sacred Scripture as God's word for the church. Part Two looks at the culture and disciplines or science of interpretation in representative exegetical traditions. Part Three addresses the diverse literary and non-literary modes of interpretation, while Part Four canvasses the communal background and foreground of early Christian interpretation, where the Bible was paramount in shaping normative Christian identity. Part Five assesses the determinative role of the Bible in major developments and theological controversies in the life of the churches. Part Six returns to interpretation proper and samples how certain abiding motifs from within scriptural revelation were treated by major Christian expositors. The overall history of biblical interpretation has itself now become the subject of a growing scholarship and the final part skilfully examines how early Christian exegesis was retrieved and critically evaluated in later periods of church history. Taken together, the chapters provide nuanced paths of introduction for students and scholars from a wide spectrum of academic fields, including classics, biblical studies, the general history of interpretation, the social and cultural history of late ancient and early medieval Christianity, historical theology, and systematic and contextual theology. Readers will be oriented to the major resources for, and issues in, the critical study of early Christian biblical interpretation.


The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology by David K. Pettegrew,William R. Caraher,Thomas W. Davis

The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology
  • Author : David K. Pettegrew,William R. Caraher,Thomas W. Davis
  • Publisher : Oxford Handbooks
  • ISBN Code : 0199369046
  • Pages : 728
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"This handbook brings together work by leading scholars of the archaeology of early Christianity in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions. The 34 essays to this volume ground the history, culture, and society of the first seven centuries of Christianity in the latest currents of archaeological method, theory, and research."--


The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity by Scott Johnson

The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity
  • Author : Scott Johnson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019027753X
  • Pages : 1296
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The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700 CE) that has become increasingly central to scholarly debates over the history of western and Middle Eastern civilizations. This volume covers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise of Christianity, the origins of Islam, and the early formation of Byzantium and the European Middle Ages. These events are set in the context of widespread literary, artistic, cultural, and religious change during the period. The geographical scope of this Handbook is unparalleled among comparable surveys of Late Antiquity; Arabia, Egypt, Central Asia, and the Balkans all receive dedicated treatments, while the scope extends to the western kingdoms, and North Africa in the West. Furthermore, from economic theory and slavery to Greek and Latin poetry, Syriac and Coptic literature, sites of religious devotion, and many others, this Handbook covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to scholars from a diverse array of disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity engages the perennially valuable questions about the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the medieval, while providing a much-needed touchstone for the study of Late Antiquity itself.


The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther's Theology by Robert Kolb,Irene Dingel,Lubomir Batka

The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther's Theology
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther's Theology
  • Author : Robert Kolb,Irene Dingel,Lubomir Batka
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press (UK)
  • ISBN Code : 0199604703
  • Pages : 662
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The 47 essays in this volume, composed by historians and theologians from 15 nations, survey the background, context, content and impact of the thinking of Martin Luther. These authors explore the intellectual traditions which formed his thought, his hermeneutical framework, his teaching on specific topics of biblical doctrine, his social and ethical positions, the ways in which specific genre and interaction with others (both supporters and opponents) formed histheology, and its impact on subsequent centuries and several parts of the twenty-first world. Essays explore the dimensions and implications of Luther's way of thought within its historical contexton the basis of original sources and debates among interpreters of his thinking and his influence on later generations.


The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies by Elizabeth Jeffreys,John F. Haldon,Robin Cormack

The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies
  • Author : Elizabeth Jeffreys,John F. Haldon,Robin Cormack
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 9780199252466
  • Pages : 1021
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The Handbook contains eighty-nine articles by leading experts on all significant aspects of the diverse and fast-growing field of Byzantine Studies, which deals with the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire, the eastern half of the Late Roman Empire, from the fourth to the fourteenth century.


The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions by Moshe Blidstein

The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions
  • Author : Moshe Blidstein
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199697760
  • Pages : 568
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  • Language : English
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This Handbook is the only reference work of its kind providing surveys on a broad range of topics concerning Abrahamic Religions. Each of its essays studies a central topic across the three traditions, allowing for a unique and comprehensive understanding of the interactions and relationships between these religions. Such a volume is essential for students and academics in the field of comparative religion.


The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology by Hans Boersma,Matthew Levering

The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology
  • Author : Hans Boersma,Matthew Levering
  • Publisher : Oxford Handbooks
  • ISBN Code : 0199659060
  • Pages : 716
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"As a multi-faceted introduction to sacramental theology, the purposes of this Handbook are threefold: historical, ecumenical, and missional. The forty-four chapters are organized into the following parts five parts: Sacramental Roots in Scripture, Patristic Sacramental Theology, Medieval Sacramental Theology, From the Reformation through Today, and Philosophical and Theological Issues in Sacramental Doctrine. Contributors to this Handbook explain the diverse ways that believers have construed the sacraments, both in inspired Scripture and in the history of the Church's practice. In Scripture and the early Church, Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics all find evidence that the first Christian communities celebrated and taught about the sacraments in a manner that Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics today affirm as the foundation of their own faith and practice. Thus, for those who want to understand what has been taught about the sacraments in Scripture and across the generations by the major thinkers of the various Christian traditions, this Handbook provides an introduction. As the divisions in Christian sacramental understanding and practice are certainly evident in this Handbook, it is not thereby without ecumenical and missional value. This book evidences that the story of the Christian sacraments is, despite divisions in interpretation and practice, one of tremendous hope"--Publisher.


The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies by Donald Bloxham,A. Dirk Moses

The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies
  • Author : Donald Bloxham,A. Dirk Moses
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191613614
  • Pages : 696
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Genocide has scarred human societies since Antiquity. In the modern era, genocide has been a global phenomenon: from massacres in colonial America, Africa, and Australia to the Holocaust of European Jewry and mass death in Maoist China. In recent years, the discipline of 'genocide studies' has developed to offer analysis and comprehension. The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies is the first book to subject both genocide and the young discipline it has spawned to systematic, in-depth investigation. Thirty-four renowned experts study genocide through the ages by taking regional, thematic, and disciplinary-specific approaches. Chapters examine secessionist and political genocides in modern Asia. Others treat the violent dynamics of European colonialism in Africa, the complex ethnic geography of the Great Lakes region, and the structural instability of the continent's northern horn. South and North America receive detailed coverage, as do the Ottoman Empire, Nazi-occupied Europe, and post-communist Eastern Europe. Sustained attention is paid to themes like gender, memory, the state, culture, ethnic cleansing, military intervention, the United Nations, and prosecutions. The work is multi-disciplinary, featuring the work of historians, anthropologists, lawyers, political scientists, sociologists, and philosophers. Uniquely combining empirical reconstruction and conceptual analysis, this Handbook presents and analyses regions of genocide and the entire field of 'genocide studies' in one substantial volume.


The Oxford Handbook of Mary by Chris Maunder

The Oxford Handbook of Mary
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Mary
  • Author : Chris Maunder
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198792557
  • Pages : 736
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The Oxford Handbook of Mary offers an interdisciplinary guide to Marian Studies, including chapters on textual, literary, and media analysis; theology; Church history; art history; studies on devotion in a variety of forms; cultural history; folk tradition; gender analysis; apparitions and apocalypticism. Featuring contributions from a distinguished group of international scholars, the Handbook looks at both Eastern and Western perspectives and attempts to correct imbalance in previous books on Mary towards the West. The volume also considers Mary in Islam and pilgrimages shared by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish adherents. While Mary can be a source of theological disagreement, this authoritative collection shows Mary's rich potential for inter-faith and inter-denominational dialogue and shared experience. It covers a diverse number of topics that show how Mary and Mariology are articulated within ecclesiastical contexts but also on their margins in popular devotion. Newly-commissioned essays describe some of the central ideas of Christian Marian thought, while also challenging popularly-held notions. This invaluable reference for students and scholars illustrates the current state of play in Marian Studies as it is done across the world.


The Oxford Handbook of Chaucer by Suzanne Conklin Akbari,James Simpson

The Oxford Handbook of Chaucer
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Chaucer
  • Author : Suzanne Conklin Akbari,James Simpson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199582653
  • Pages : 672
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As the 'father' of the English literary canon, one of a very few writers to appear in every 'great books' syllabus, Chaucer is seen as an author whose works are fundamentally timeless: an author who, like Shakespeare, exemplifies the almost magical power of poetry to appeal to each generation of readers. Every age remakes its own Chaucer, developing new understandings of how his poetry intersects with contemporary ways of seeing the world, and the place of the subject who lives in it. This Handbook comprises a series of essays by established scholars and emerging voices that address Chaucer's poetry in the context of several disciplines, including late medieval philosophy and science, Mediterranean Studies, comparative literature, vernacular theology, and popular devotion. The volume paints the field in broad strokes and sections include Biography and Circumstances of Daily Life; Chaucer in the European Frame; Philosophy and Science in the Universities; Christian Doctrine and Religious Heterodoxy; and the Chaucerian Afterlife. Taken as a whole, The Oxford Handbook of Chaucer offers a snapshot of the current state of the field, and a bold suggestion of the trajectories along which Chaucer studies are likely to develop in the future.


The Oxford Handbook of the Merovingian World by Bonnie Effros,Isabel Moreira

The Oxford Handbook of the Merovingian World
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of the Merovingian World
  • Author : Bonnie Effros,Isabel Moreira
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0190234180
  • Pages : 1168
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  • Language : English
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In recent decades, the Merovingian world has become more visible in Anglophone historical studies. The forty-six essays included in this collection highlight the vitality and importance of the Merovingian kingdoms in the fifth through eighth centuries.


The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology by Helena Hamerow,David A. Hinton,Sally Crawford

The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology
  • Author : Helena Hamerow,David A. Hinton,Sally Crawford
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 9780198856016
  • Pages : 1120
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Since the early 20th century the scholarly study of Anglo-Saxon texts has been augmented by systematic excavation and analysis of physical evidence--settlements, cemeteries, artefacts, environmental data, and standing buildings. This evidence has confirmed some readings of the Anglo-Saxon literary and documentary sources and challenged others. More recently, large-scale excavations both in towns and in the countryside, the application of computer methods to large bodies of data, new techniques for site identification such as remote sensing, and new dating methods have put archaeology at the forefront of Anglo-Saxon studies. The Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology, written by a team of experts and presenting the results of the most up-to-date research, will both stimulate and support further investigation into those aspects of Anglo-Saxon life and culture which archaeology has fundamentally illuminated. It will prove an essential resourse for our understanding of a society poised at the interface between prehistory and history.


The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender by Adrian Thatcher

The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender
  • Author : Adrian Thatcher
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199664153
  • Pages : 719
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The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender presents an unrivalled overview of the theological study of sexuality and gender. These topics are not merely contentious and pervasive: they have escalated in importance within theology. Theologians increasingly agree that even the very doctrine of God cannot be contemplated without a prior grappling with each. Featuring 41 newly-commissioned essays, written by some of the foremost scholars in the discipline, this authoritative collection presents and develops the latest thinking in these areas. Divided into eight thematic sections, the Handbook explores: methodological approaches; contributions from neighbouring disciplines; sexuality and gender in the Bible, and in the Christian tradition; controversies within the churches, and within four of the non-Christian faiths; and key concepts and issues. The final, extended section considers theology in relation to married people and families; gay and lesbian people; bisexual people; intersex and transgender people; disabled people; and to friends. This volume is an essential reference for students and scholars, which will also stimulate further research.


The Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics by Paul Oslington

The Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics
  • Author : Paul Oslington
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199729719
  • Pages : 640
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The new interdisciplinary field of Christianity and economics deals with the important and difficult questions that cluster at the boundary of these disciplines, drawing on contemporary theory and empirical findings in both fields, with roots in older discourses. This landmark volume surveys the field and advances the discussion. It deploys historical, economic, and theological analysis to search for answers.


The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology by Russell Re Manning

The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology
  • Author : Russell Re Manning
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191611719
  • Pages : 672
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The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology is the first collection to consider the full breadth of natural theology from both historical and contemporary perspectives and to bring together leading scholars to offer accessible high-level accounts of the major themes. The volume embodies and develops the recent revival of interest in natural theology as a topic of serious critical engagement. Frequently misunderstood or polemicized, natural theology is an under-studied yet persistent and pervasive presence throughout the history of thought about ultimate reality - from the classical Greek theology of the philosophers to twenty-first-century debates in science and religion. Of interest to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this authoritative handbook draws on the very best of contemporary scholarship to present a critical overview of the subject area. Thirty-eight new essays trace the transformations of natural theology in different historical and religious contexts, the place of natural theology in different philosophical traditions and diverse scientific disciplines, and the various cultural and aesthetic approaches to natural theology to reveal a rich seam of multi-faceted theological reflection rooted in human nature and the environments within which we find ourselves.


The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe by Judith M. Bennett,Ruth Mazo Karras

The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe
  • Author : Judith M. Bennett,Ruth Mazo Karras
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199582173
  • Pages : 626
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The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the gender rules encountered in Europe in the period between approximately 500 and 1500 C.E. It contains material from some of the foremost scholars in this field, and will not only serve as the major reference text in the area of medieval and gender studies, but will also provide the agenda for future new research.


Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought by Joel Rasmussen,Judith Wolfe,Johannes Zachhuber

Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought
  • Title : Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought
  • Author : Joel Rasmussen,Judith Wolfe,Johannes Zachhuber
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0198718403
  • Pages : 736
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Through various realignments beginning in the Revolutionary era and continuing across the nineteenth century, Christianity not only endured as a vital intellectual tradition contributed importantly to a wide variety of significant conversations, movements, and social transformations across the diverse spheres of intellectual, cultural, and social history. The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought proposes new readings of the diverse sites and variegated role of the Christian intellectual tradition across what has come to be called 'the long nineteenth century'. It represents the first comprehensive examination of a picture emerging from the twin recognition of Christianity's abiding intellectual influence and its radical transformation and diversification under the influence of the forces of modernity. Part one investigates changing paradigms that determine the evolving approaches to religious matters during the nineteenth century, providing readers with a sense of the fundamental changes at the time. Section two considers human nature and the nature of religion. It explores a range of categories rising to prominence in the course of the nineteenth century, and influencing the way religion in general, and Christianity in particular, were conceived. Part three focuses on the intellectual, cultural, and social developments of the time, while part four looks at Christianity and the arts-a major area in which Christian ideas, stories, and images were used, adapted, changes, and challenged during the nineteenth century. Christianity was radically pluralized in the nineteenth century, and the fifth section is dedicated to 'Christianity and Christianities'. The chapters sketch the major churches and confessions during the period. The final part considers doctrinal themes registering the wealth and scope through broad narrative and individual example. This authoritative reference work offers an indispensable overview of a period whose forceful ideas continue to be present in contemporary theology.


The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Christianity by David Thomas Orique,Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens,Virginia Garrard

The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Christianity
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Christianity
  • Author : David Thomas Orique,Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens,Virginia Garrard
  • Publisher : Oxford Handbooks
  • ISBN Code : 0199860351
  • Pages : 632
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  • Language : English
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This handbook is currently in development, with individual articles publishing online in advance of print publication. At this time, we cannot add information about unpublished articles in this handbook, however the table of contents will continue to grow as additional articles pass through the review process and are added to the site. Please note that the online publication date for this handbook is the date that the first article in the title was published online.


The Oxford Handbook of Presbyterianism by Gary Scott Smith,P. C. Kemeny

The Oxford Handbook of Presbyterianism
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Presbyterianism
  • Author : Gary Scott Smith,P. C. Kemeny
  • Publisher : Oxford Handbooks
  • ISBN Code : 0190608390
  • Pages : 640
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  • Language : English
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Presbyterianism emerged during the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation. It spread from the British Isles to North America in the early eighteenth century. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Presbyterian denominations grew throughout the world. Today, there are an estimated 35 million Presbyterians in dozens of countries. The Oxford Handbook of Presbyterianism provides a state of the art reference tool written by leading scholars in the fields of religious studies and history. These thirty five articles cover major facets of Presbyterian history, theological beliefs, worship practices, ecclesiastical forms and structures, as well as important ethical, political, and educational issues. Eschewing parochial and sectarian triumphalism, prominent scholars address their particular topics objectively and judiciously.


Medieval Christianity by Kevin Madigan

Medieval Christianity
  • Title : Medieval Christianity
  • Author : Kevin Madigan
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0300158726
  • Pages : 487
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  • Language : English
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A new narrative history of medieval Christianity, spanning from A.D. 500 to 1500, focuses on the role of women in Christianity; the relationships among Christians, Jews and Muslims; the experience of ordinary parishioners; the adventure of asceticism, devotion and worship; and instruction through drama, architecture and art.


The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha by Joseph Verheyden,Tobias Nicklas

The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha
  • Author : Joseph Verheyden,Tobias Nicklas
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 019964411X
  • Pages : 473
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The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Apocrypha addresses issues and themes that arise in the study of early Christian apocryphal literature. It discusses key texts including the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Peter, letters attributed to Paul, Peter, and Jesus, and acts and apocalypses written about or attributed to different apostles. Part One consists of authoritative surveys of the main branches of apocryphal literature (gospels, acts, epistles, apocalypses, and related literature) and Part Two considers key issues that they raise. These include their contribution to our understanding of developing theological understandings of Jesus, the apostles and other important figures such as Mary. It also addresses the value of these texts as potential sources for knowledge of the historical Jesus, and for debates about Jewish-Christian relations, the practice of Christian worship, and developing understandings of asceticism, gender and sexuality, etc. The volume also considers questions such as which ancient readers read early Christian apocrypha, their place in Christian spirituality, and their place in contemporary popular culture and contemporary theological discourse.


The Oxford Handbook of Christology by Francesca Aran Murphy

The Oxford Handbook of Christology
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Christology
  • Author : Francesca Aran Murphy
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199641900
  • Pages : 670
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  • Language : English
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The Oxford Handbook of Christology brings together 40 authoritative essays considering the theological study of the nature and role of Jesus Christ. This collection offers dynamic perspectives within the study of Christology and provides rigorous discussion of inter-confessional theology, which would not have been possible even 60 years ago. The first of the seven parts considers Jesus Christ in the Bible. Rather than focusing solely on the New Testament, this section begins with discussion of the modes of God's self-communication to us and suggests that Christ's most original incarnation is in the language of the Hebrew Bible. The second section considers Patristics Christology. These essays explore the formation of the doctrines of the person of Christ and the atonement between the First Council of Nicaea in 325 and the eve of the Second Council of Nicaea. The next section looks at Medieval theology and tackles the development of the understanding of who Christ was and of his atoning work. The section on "Reformation and Christology" traces the path of the Reformation from Luther to Bultmann. The fifth section tackles the new developments in thinking about Christ which have emerged in the modern and the postmodern eras, and the sixth section explains how beliefs about Jesus have affected music, poetry, and the arts. The final part concludes by locating Christology within systematic theology, asking how it relates to Christian belief as a whole. This comprehensive volume provides an invaluable resource and reference for scholars, students, and general readers interested in the study of Christology.


The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics by Hugh LaFollette

The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics
  • Author : Hugh LaFollette
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN Code : 9780199284238
  • Pages : 772
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  • Language : English
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This is a guide to contemporary thought on ethical issues in all areas of human activity - personal, medical, sexual, social, political, judicial, and international, from the natural world to the world of business.


The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible by Michael Lieb,Emma Mason,Jonathan Roberts

The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible
  • Author : Michael Lieb,Emma Mason,Jonathan Roberts
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 019164918X
  • Pages : 742
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  • Language : English
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In recent decades, reception history has become an increasingly important and controversial topic of discussion in biblical studies. Rather than attempting to recover the original meaning of biblical texts, reception history focuses on exploring the history of interpretation. In doing so it locates the dominant historical-critical scholarly paradigm within the history of interpretation, rather than over and above it. At the same time, the breadth of material and hermeneutical issues that reception history engages with questions any narrow understanding of the history of the Bible and its effects on faith communities. The challenge that reception history faces is to explore tradition without either reducing its meaning to what faith communities think is important, or merely offering anthologies of interesting historical interpretations. This major new handbook addresses these matters by presenting reception history as an enterprise (not a method) that questions and understands tradition afresh. The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible consciously allows for the interplay of the traditional and the new through a two-part structure. Part I comprises a set of essays surveying the outline, form, and content of twelve key biblical books that have been influential in the history of interpretation. Part II offers a series of in-depth case studies of the interpretation of particular key biblical passages or books with due regard for the specificity of their social, cultural or aesthetic context. These case studies span two millennia of interpretation by readers with widely differing perspectives. Some are at the level of a group response (from Gnostic readings of Genesis, to Post-Holocaust Jewish interpretations of Job); others examine individual approaches to texts (such as Augustine and Pelagius on Romans, or Gandhi on the Sermon on the Mount). Several chapters examine historical moments, such as the 1860 debate over Genesis and evolution, while others look to wider themes such as non-violence or millenarianism. Further chapters study in detail the works of popular figures who have used the Bible to provide inspiration for their creativity, from Dante and Handel, to Bob Dylan and Dan Brown.


Gender and Christianity in Medieval Europe by Lisa M. Bitel,Felice Lifshitz

Gender and Christianity in Medieval Europe
  • Title : Gender and Christianity in Medieval Europe
  • Author : Lisa M. Bitel,Felice Lifshitz
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN Code : 0812204492
  • Pages : 168
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  • Language : English
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In Gender and Christianity in Medieval Europe, six historians explore how medieval people professed Christianity, how they performed gender, and how the two coincided. Many of the daily religious decisions people made were influenced by gender roles, the authors contend. Women's pious donations, for instance, were limited by laws of inheritance and marriage customs; male clerics' behavior depended upon their understanding of masculinity as much as on the demands of liturgy. The job of religious practitioner, whether as a nun, monk, priest, bishop, or some less formal participant, involved not only professing a set of religious ideals but also professing gender in both ideal and practical terms. The authors also argue that medieval Europeans chose how to be women or men (or some complex combination of the two), just as they decided whether and how to be religious. In this sense, religious institutions freed men and women from some of the gendered limits otherwise imposed by society. Whereas previous scholarship has tended to focus exclusively either on masculinity or on aristocratic women, the authors define their topic to study gender in a fuller and more richly nuanced fashion. Likewise, their essays strive for a generous definition of religious history, which has too often been a history of its most visible participants and dominant discourses. In stepping back from received assumptions about religion, gender, and history and by considering what the terms "woman," "man," and "religious" truly mean for historians, the book ultimately enhances our understanding of the gendered implications of every pious thought and ritual gesture of medieval Christians. Contributors: Dyan Elliott is John Evans Professor of History at Northwestern University. Ruth Mazo Karras is professor of history at the University of Minnesota, and the general editor of The Middle Ages Series for the University of Pennsyvlania Press. Jacqueline Murray is dean of arts and professor of history at the University of Guelph. Jane Tibbetts Schulenberg is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin—Madison


The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual by Risto Uro,Juliette Day,Rikard Roitto,Richard E. DeMaris

The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual
  • Author : Risto Uro,Juliette Day,Rikard Roitto,Richard E. DeMaris
  • Publisher : Oxford Handbooks
  • ISBN Code : 019874787X
  • Pages : 713
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Scholars of religion have long assumed that ritual and belief constitute the fundamental building blocks of religious traditions and that these two components of religion are interrelated and interdependent in significant ways. Generations of New Testament and Early Christian scholars have produced detailed analyses of the belief systems of nascent Christian communities, including their ideological and political dimensions, but have by and large ignored ritual as an important element of early Christian religion and as a factor contributing to the rise and the organization of the movement. In recent years, however, scholars of early Christianity have begun to use ritual as an analytical tool for describing and explaining Christian origins and the early history of the movement. Such a development has created a momentum toward producing a more comprehensive volume on the ritual world of Early Christianity employing advances made in the field of ritual studies. The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual gives a manifold account of the ritual world of early Christianity from the beginning of the movement up to the end of the fifth century. The volume introduces relevant theories and approaches; central topics of ritual life in the cultural world of early Christianity; and important Christian ritual themes and practices in emerging Christian groups and factions.


The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity by Gilles Emery,Matthew Levering

The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity
  • Author : Gilles Emery,Matthew Levering
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199557810
  • Pages : 632
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This Handbook surveys the complex history of Trinitarian theology and reveals the Nicene unity still at work among Christians today despite ecumenical differences. Forty-five contributors examine doctrinal developments and variations from biblical times to the present day.


Medieval Christianity in Practice by Miri Rubin

Medieval Christianity in Practice
  • Title : Medieval Christianity in Practice
  • Author : Miri Rubin
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0691090599
  • Pages : 346
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  • Language : English
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Comprising forty-two selections from primary source materials, each translated with an introduction and commentary by a specialist in the field, this collection illustrates the religious cycles, rituals, and experiences that gave meaning to medieval Christian individuals and communities. The texts represent the practices through which Christians conducted their individual, family, and community lives and explore such life-cycle events as birth, confirmation, marriage, sickness, death, and burial. The texts also document religious practices related to themes of work, parish life, and devotions, as well as power and authority.--From publisher's description.


The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800 by Ulrich L. Lehner,Richard A. Muller,A. G. Roeber

The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800
  • Author : Ulrich L. Lehner,Richard A. Muller,A. G. Roeber
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019993794X
  • Pages : 668
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800 will offer a comprehensive and reliable introduction to Christian theological literature originating in Western Europe from, roughly, the end of the French Wars of Religion (1598) to the Congress of Vienna (1815). Using a variety of approaches, the contributors examine theology spanning from Bossuet to Jonathan Edwards. They review the major forms of early modern theology, such as Cartesian scholasticism, Enlightenment, and early Romanticism; sketch the teachings of major theological concepts, along with important historical developments; introduce the principal practitioners of each kind of theology and delineate their particular theological contributions and stresses; and depict the engagement by early modern theologians with other religions or churches, such Judaism, Islam, and the eastern Church. Combining contributions from top scholars in the field, this will be an invaluable resource for understanding a complex and varied body of research.


The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology by Edward Howells,Mark A. McIntosh

The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology
  • Author : Edward Howells,Mark A. McIntosh
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0198722389
  • Pages : 704
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology provides a guide to the mystical element of Christianity as a theological phenomenon. It differs not only from psychological and anthropological studies of mysticism, but from other theological studies, such as more practical or pastorally-oriented works that examine the patterns of spiritual progress and offer counsel for deeper understanding and spiritual development. It also differs from more explicitly historical studies tracing the theological and philosophical contexts and ideas of various key figures and schools, as well as from literary studies of the linguistic tropes and expressive forms in mystical texts. None of these perspectives is absent, but the method here is more deliberately theological, working from within the fundamental interests of Christian mystical writers to the articulation of those interests in distinctively theological forms, in order, finally, to permit a critical theological engagement with them for today. Divided into four parts, the first section introduces the approach to mystical theology and offers a historical overview. Part two attends to the concrete context of sources and practices of mystical theology. Part three moves to the fundamental conceptualities of mystical thought. The final section ends with the central contributions of mystical teaching to theology and metaphysics. Students and scholars with a variety of interests will find different pathways through the Handbook.


The Oxford Handbook of Maximus the Confessor by Pauline Allen,Bronwen Neil

The Oxford Handbook of Maximus the Confessor
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Maximus the Confessor
  • Author : Pauline Allen,Bronwen Neil
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0199673837
  • Pages : 611
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  • Language : English
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Maximus the Confessor (c.580-662) has become one of the most discussed figures in contemporary patristic studies. This is partly due to the relatively recent discovery and critical edition of his works in various genres, including On the Ascetic Life, Four Centuries on Charity, Two Centuries on Theology and the Incarnation, On the 'Our Father', two separate Books of Difficulties, addressed to John and to Thomas, Questions and Doubts, Questions to Thalassius, Mystagogy and the Short Theological and Polemical Works. The impact of these works reached far beyond the Greek East, with his involvement in the western resistance to imperial heresy, notably at the Lateran Synod in 649. Together with Pope Martin I (649-53 CE), Maximus the Confessor and his circle were the most vocal opponents of Constantinople's introduction of the doctrine of monothelitism. This dispute over the number of wills in Christ became a contest between the imperial government and church of Constantinople on the one hand, and the bishop of Rome in concert with eastern monks such as Maximus, John Moschus, and Sophronius, on the other, over the right to define orthodoxy. An understanding of the difficult relations between church and state in this troubled period at the close of Late Antiquity is necessary for a full appreciation of Maximus' contribution to this controversy. The editors of this volume provide the political and historical background to Maximus' activities, as well as a summary of his achievements in the spheres of theology and philosophy, especially neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism.


The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion by John Corrigan

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion
  • Author : John Corrigan
  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • ISBN Code : 0195170210
  • Pages : 522
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  • Language : English
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This volume collects essays under four categories: religious traditions, religious life, emotional states, and historical and theoretical perspectives. They describe the ways in which emotions affect various world religions, and analyse the manner in which certain components of religious represent and shape emotional performance.


The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas by Brian Davies,Eleonore Stump

The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas
  • Author : Brian Davies,Eleonore Stump
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199716994
  • Pages : 608
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  • Language : English
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Thomas Aquinas (1224/6-1274) lived an active, demanding academic and ecclesiastical life that ended while he was still comparatively young. He nonetheless produced many works, varying in length from a few pages to a few volumes. The present book is an introduction to this influential author and a guide to his thought on almost all the major topics on which he wrote. The book begins with an account of Aquinas's life and works. The next section contains a series of essays that set Aquinas in his intellectual context. They focus on the philosophical sources that are likely to have influenced his thinking, the most prominent of which were certain Greek philosophers (chiefly Aristotle), Latin Christian writers (such as Augustine), and Jewish and Islamic authors (such as Maimonides and Avicenna). The subsequent sections of the book address topics that Aquinas himself discussed. These include metaphysics, the existence and nature of God, ethics and action theory, epistemology, philosophy of mind and human nature, the nature of language, and an array of theological topics, including Trinity, Incarnation, sacraments, resurrection, and the problem of evil, among others. These sections include more than thirty contributions on topics central to Aquinas's own worldview. The final sections of the volume address the development of Aquinas's thought and its historical influence. Any attempt to present the views of a philosopher in an earlier historical period that is meant to foster reflection on that thinker's views needs to be both historically faithful and also philosophically engaged. The present book combines both exposition and evaluation insofar as its contributors have space to engage in both. This Handbook is therefore meant to be useful to someone wanting to learn about Aquinas's philosophy and theology while also looking for help in philosophical interaction with it.


The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture by Elise A. Friedland,Melanie Grunow Sobocinski,Elaine K. Gazda

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture
  • Author : Elise A. Friedland,Melanie Grunow Sobocinski,Elaine K. Gazda
  • Publisher : Oxford Handbooks
  • ISBN Code : 0199921822
  • Pages : 713
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  • Language : English
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Situates the study of Roman sculpture within the fields of art history, classical archaeology, and Roman studies, presenting technical, scientific, literary, and theoretical approaches.


The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America by Paul C. Gutjahr

The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America
  • Author : Paul C. Gutjahr
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0190258845
  • Pages : 692
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  • Language : English
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Early Americans have long been considered "A People of the Book" Because the nickname was coined primarily to invoke close associations between Americans and the Bible, it is easy to overlook the central fact that it was a book-not a geographic location, a monarch, or even a shared language-that has served as a cornerstone in countless investigations into the formation and fragmentation of early American culture. Few books can lay claim to such powers of civilization-altering influence. Among those which can are sacred books, and for Americans principal among such books stands the Bible. This Handbook is designed to address a noticeable void in resources focused on analyzing the Bible in America in various historical moments and in relationship to specific institutions and cultural expressions. It takes seriously the fact that the Bible is both a physical object that has exercised considerable totemic power, as well as a text with a powerful intellectual design that has inspired everything from national religious and educational practices to a wide spectrum of artistic endeavors to our nation's politics and foreign policy. This Handbook brings together a number of established scholars, as well as younger scholars on the rise, to provide a scholarly overview--rich with bibliographic resources--to those interested in the Bible's role in American cultural formation.


The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies by Mark D. Chapman,Sathianathan Clarke,Martyn Percy

The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies
  • Author : Mark D. Chapman,Sathianathan Clarke,Martyn Percy
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199218560
  • Pages : 584
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  • Language : English
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The 44 essays in this volume embrace a wide range of academic disciplines: theological; historical; demography and geography; and different aspects of culture and ethics. They are united in their discussion of what is effectively a new inter-disciplinary subject which we have termed 'Anglican Studies'. The contributions are drawn from across the spectrum of theological views and opinions. It shows that the unsettled nature of the polity is part of its own richhistory; and many will see this as a somewhat lustrous tradition. In its comprehensive coverage, this volume is a valuable contribution to Anglican Studies and helps formulate a discipline that mightperhaps promote dialogue and discussion across the Anglican world.


The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies by Susan Ashbrook Harvey,David G. Hunter

The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies
  • Author : Susan Ashbrook Harvey,David G. Hunter
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780199271566
  • Pages : 1020
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  • Language : English
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The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies responds to and celebrates the explosion of research in this inter-disciplinary field over recent decades. It is thematically arranged to encompass history, literature, thought, practices, and material culture. Whilst the burgeoning of scholarly work has made it impossible for any one scholar to maintain expertise in every aspect of the discipline, this handbook seeks to aid both the new researcher in the field andthe scholar entering an unfamiliar sub-specialty. Each chapter orients readers to the current 'state of the question' in a given area, reflecting on key research issues to date, highlighting primarysources and giving suggestions as to the likely direction of future work. The Handbook takes the period 100 to 600 CE as a chronological span and examines the vast geographical area impacted by the early church, in Western and Eastern late antiquity.


The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology by Paul Avis

The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology
  • Author : Paul Avis
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0191081388
  • Pages : 688
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  • Language : English
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The Oxford Handbook of Ecclesiology is a unique scholarly resource for the study of the Christian Church as we find it in the Bible, in history and today. As the scholarly study of how we understand the Christian Church's identity and mission, ecclesiology is at the centre of today's theological research, reflection, and debate. Ecclesiology is the theological driver of the ecumenical movement. The main focus of the intense ecumenical engagement and dialogue of the past half-century has been ecclesiological and this is the area where the most intractable differences remain to be tackled Ecclesiology investigates the Church's manifold self-understanding in relation to a number of areas: the origins, structures, authority, doctrine, ministry, sacraments, unity, diversity, and mission of the Church, including its relation to the state and to society and culture. The sources of ecclesiological reflection are the Bible (interpreted in the light of scholarly research), Church history and the wealth of the Christian theological tradition, together with the information and insights that emerge from other relevant academic disciplines. This Handbook considers the biblical resources, historical development, and contemporary initiatives in ecclesiology. It offers invaluable and comprehensive guide to understanding the Church.