Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity edited by John Anthony McGuckin

Written By: on Feb 16th, 2011 and filed under Columns, Features, Opinions.


“This is a monumental Encyclopedia, in both breadth and depth. It is sure to become a standard reference work for generations to come.” — V. Rev. Dr. John Behr, Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

With a combination of essay-length and short entries written by a team of leading religious experts, the two-volume Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodoxy offers the most comprehensive guide to the cultural and intellectual world of Eastern Orthodox Christianity available in English today.

* An outstanding reference work providing the first English language multi-volume account of the key historical, liturgical, doctrinal features of Eastern Orthodoxy, including the Non-Chalcedonian churches

* Explores of the major traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy in detail, including the Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Ethiopic, Slavic, Romanian, Indian and Syriac churches
* Uniquely comprehensive, it is edited by one of the leading scholars in the field and provides authoritative but accessible articles by a range of top international academics and Orthodox figures

* Spans the period from Late Antiquity to the present, encompassing subjects including history, theology, liturgy, monasticism, sacramentology, canon law, philosophy, folk culture, architecture, archaeology, martyrology, hagiography, all alongside a large and generously detailed prosopography

* Structured alphabetically and topically cross-indexed, with entries ranging from 100 to 6,000 words

The Orthodox churches are extensive families of ancient Christianity that derive from apostolic times and took much of their external shape in the Byzantine era. Today they are reemerging after generations of suppression and state persecution in Eastern Europe, and now have a growing presence in Western Europe. Their voice is that of the largest single block of world Christians after contemporary Roman Catholics, but it is a voice, so far, largely unheard in the West. This Encyclopedia will serve as a voice for the Orthodox World.

The Encyclopedia is structured alphabetically and is topically cross-indexed, combining essay-length articles and brief, informative notations on hundreds of topics central to the history and theology of Eastern Orthodoxy. This invaluable new work will appeal to both academic and ecclesiastical groups, and represents a major resource for anyone interested in exploring the full breadth of topics surrounding the Eastern Christian world.

About the Author:

John Anthony McGuckin is Nielsen Professor of Early Church History at Union Theological Seminary, and Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University in New York. A Stavrofor priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church in America, Professor McGuckin is the author of more than twenty books on religious and historical themes, including The Orthodox Church (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and is widely considered one of the leading experts on Early Christian and Eastern Orthodox traditions writing today.

About the Contributor:

Mr. Tenny Thomas of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church was one of the contributors to the Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Entries on Confession, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Monasticism, Nestorianism, St. John Chrysostom and Vestments were part of Mr. Thomas’ contribution. Currently Mr. Thomas is a PhD candidate at Union Theological Seminary in affiliation with Columbia University on the Arthur Williams Scholarship. He is also pursuing a Masters in Theology (MTh) at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Mr. Thomas’ areas of interest are Ancient Languages (Greek, Hebrew, Latin and Syriac), Patristics (Syriac, Greek and Latin), Liturgical Theology, Music and History of Christianity in the first Millennium. His current research includes, Monastic Literature of the Greek and Syriac world from the 4th – 8th centuries, Christological Dialogues between Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches, Cathedral Homilies of Severus of Antioch and Ephrem the Syrian. Tenny Thomas worked as an Assistant Editor for the Research and Publishing department of the National Council of Churches from 2006 – 2009. Since 2009, he has been with the Nida Institute of Biblical Scholarship at the American Bible Society as a Research Consultant. He was awarded a Mellon Fellowship for the Columbia University Libraries Graduate Internship from June 2009 to May 2010. Mr. Thomas has a degree in Theology from Cambridge and then graduated with an M. Phil in Eastern Christian Studies (Syriac and Greek) from the University of Oxford. He also graduated with a Masters in Sacred Theology (STM) from Union Theological Seminary in 2006.

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1 Response for “Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity edited by John Anthony McGuckin”

  1. Abraham says:

    Well done Tenny :-)

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