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Publishers' Preface

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The William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company and E. J. Brill are pleased to introduce the Encyclopedia of Christianity—a five-volume work that addresses the current, broad interest in Christianity and religion. Comprehensive, up to date, reflecting the highest standards in scholarship yet intended for a wide range of readers, the  EC describes the Christian faith and community as it exists today in its myriad forms and also in its relation to the core apostolic tradition throughout the 2,000 years of Christian history. The  EC also looks outward beyond Christianity, considerin…


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Abbreviations generally follow those given in the Journal of Biblical Literature “Instructions for Contributors.” For those not listed there, the abbreviations in the second edition of S. M. Schwertner’s Internationales Abkürzungsverzeichnis für Theologie und Grenzgebiete (Berlin, 1992) are used; for works of theology or related fields not listed in either source, new abbreviations have been formed. Writings listed below under the section “Early Church Writings” include those of writers through Augustine. Biblical Books, with the Apocrypha Gen.Genesis Add. Est.Additions t…


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This introduction provides a brief guide to the editorial conventions followed throughout the Encyclopedia of Christianity, as well as to the statistical information specially prepared for the  EC by David Barrett. Alphabetization Articles are arranged alphabetically word by word (not letter by letter), with hyphens and apostrophes counted as continuing the single word; all commas are ignored. For example: Antiochian Theology Anti-Semitism, Anti-Judaism … Augsburg Confession Augsburg, Peace of … Calvin, John Calvinism Calvin’s Theology … Church Year Churches of Christ Stati…