Review by Library Journal Review
Five academics from universities in Manchester, U.K., and the Catholic University of America have created a very useful dictionary on individual Eastern Christian traditions, important historical figures, overviews of major geographical areas, and definitions of specific theological topicsÄterra incognita for the average Westerner. Parry is the author of Depicting the Word: Byzantine Iconophile Thought in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries, while consulting editor John Hinnells is a widely respected editor of comparative religion dictionaries. A dictionary of this type has clearly been needed, as nothing comparable exists in EnglishÄalthough Peter D. Day's The Liturgical Dictionary of Eastern Christianity (Liturgical, 1993. o.p.) was of use in a narrow subject area. A German work edited by Julius Assfalg and Paul Krger (the Kleines Wrterbuch des christlichen Orients, 1975) is probably the best non-English reference on Eastern Christianity. The Blackwell dictionary is concise and reasonably complete in subject coverage, carefully explaining distinctions among Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, the Church of the East, Eastern Catholicism, and dissident Eastern communities. Included are the typical dictionary conventions such as capitalization within articles of those terms for which there is an additional article. Some line drawings are included, but their paucity makes them seem more an afterthought than an integral part of the dictionary. An important and welcome addition to the literature on a poorly understood part of the diverse Christian tradition. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries and all religious/theological collections.ÄWilliam P. Collins, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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