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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

I have noted before the increasing number of books treating Triadology or Trinitarian theology. Today Oxford University Press has just put into my hands one such that I have very happily adopted for my courses: Gilles Emery and Matthew Levering, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity (Oxford UP, 2011), xvi+632pp.

This is an extremely impressive collection, not least because of its comprehensiveness. In 43 chapters an array of leading Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant scholars treat Trinitarian theology under seven sections: Scripture, Patristics, the Medievals, the Reformation to the Twentieth Century, Trinitarian Dogmatics, the Trinity and Christian Life, and Dialogues. The arrangement looks brilliant, and the variety of areas covered really leaves one wanting for nothing. The only challenge will be figuring out how to use all these riches in one semester!

I will have further comments on this the deeper I get into the book, but given the past publication record of both Emery and Matthew Levering, whose recent book on ecclesial hierarchy I reviewed in detail here, we have every reason to expect this book to be a superlative collection indeed.

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