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Dictionary of Christian biography /

Other Authors: Walsh, Michael J., 1937-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, 2001
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Walsh's work is impressive because of both the quantity of its entries (6,500) and its ecumenical and historical range (nearly 50 contributors). Concerted efforts were made to ensure that nobody of substance was omitted and to include lay as well as clerical figures. Entries typically run 100-200 words. The editor acknowledges that the Eastern tradition is not covered as well as the Western, yet clearly DCB represents an earnest attempt to cover the map both geographically and theologically; for instance, mission efforts in India, China, etc., and figures from recent Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, receive equitable treatment. Working within roughly an 800,000-word limit, the editor chose to crowd the maximum number of entries between the covers. There are highlighted references to other entries within DCB, but no entries include any bibliographic citations. This is an acceptable trade-off, but it means that DCB will serve as the premier desk reference for many years to come, rather than standing alongside similar titles which are bibliographically enriched (and are helpfully listed on p.xiii-xiv). Indexes of dates and places of death are included. General readers and lower-division undergraduates through faculty. D. R. Stewart Princeton Theological Seminary

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