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A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs


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A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs

A Reference Guide to More Than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers

David W. Bercot Editor

 Interest in the ways of the early church has never been more intense. What did the early Christians believe about the divinity of Christ? What did they think about resurrection? How did they regard John the Baptist? What were the beliefs of those who sat at the feet of Jesus’ disciples? 

Now, for the first time, a unique dictionary has been developed to furnish ready answers to these questions and other like them. David W. Bercot has painstakingly combed the writings of these early Christian leaders and categorized the heart of their thinking into more than 700 theological, moral and and historical topics, to create, A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs. Wonderfully suited for thematic study, a daily devotional, or a sermon illustration, this resource opens a window into the world of the early church and affords a special opportunity to examine topically the thoughts of men like Clement of Rome, Ignatius, or Polycarp, who were students of the original apostles, as well as the thoughts of other great lights in the life of the early church such as Justin Martyr, Irenaeus and Tertullian. For anyone interested in historic Christianity, this cannot be overlooked. A few highlights include:

♦ Collects relevant comments on key Christian comments from prominent figures such as Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, and Hippolytus.

♦ Includes key biblical verses associated with a given topic. 

♦ Offers brief definitions of unfamiliar terms or concepts, allowing easy access to the ancient material. 

♦ Provides a “Who’s Who” of ant-Nicene Christianity to put in context the ancient Christian writers. 

♦ Discusses more than 700 theological, moral, and historical topics. 

♦ Gives strategic cross references to related topics. 

♦ Functions as a topical index to the writings of the Anti-Nicene fathers.



704 pages



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