"Let books be your dining table, / And you shall be full of delights. / Let them be your
And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Christian Civilization

Wiley-Blackwell, as I have noted numerous times over the past year, has been publishing major reference works--dictionaries and encyclopedias, inter alia--on a variety of topics connected to Eastern Christianity. Now, more widely, another encyclopedia has just been released: George Kurian, ed., The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (4 volume set) (2012), 2790pp.

About this collection the publisher tells us:
The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization is a comprehensive reference work on the history and impact of Christianity. Over 1,400 entries provide an in-depth and dynamic look at Christianity both through its history and the way it has shaped societies around the world. Through a clear and attractive format, a series of interlocking major themes is explored, including: key theological ideas; global and regional history; worship; society and Christianity; literature; music; art; architecture; education; politics; law, and scholarship. Uniting these themes is an understanding of Christianity as a truly global phenomenon with strong denominational and regional identities.The entries are written by a team of over 350 scholars and teachers from over 24 countries. Together they present a wealth of current research in a clear, concise, and attractive format. The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization is an essential reference for students, researchers, academics, and practitioners.

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