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A Concise Dictionary of Theology [Paperback]

Gerald O'Collins , Edward G. Farrugia
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2 Jan 2000
This revised and expanded dictionary adds fifty new entries, an index of names, references and a stronger emphasis on ecumenical issues and Eastern Christianity.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567087336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567087331
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,376,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars dictionary of theology 25 Nov 2012
By eveb
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Very happy with this item. It is all I thought it would be.
I had read the reviews of this before buying. A convenient and concise reference for theology students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Intermediate to Advanced Level Theo Student 9 Oct 2005
By V. Figueroa - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm enrolled at a seminary, and my prof recommended this book as a companion to our other textbooks. I use it every time I read my assignments and review my class notes. The book contains key theology terms, definitions and concepts, written in easy to understand language. I will probably use this book for every pertinent class or lecture throughout my educational career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome resource! 27 Jun 2008
By Kathleen M. Osenbau - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has been an incredible resource tool for me in my Master's program for Pastoral Studies! I highly recommend it for Theology students as well as anyone in ministry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 14 July 2008
By Mark E. Millage Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book. I have been using it for my studies and I enjoyed it so much that I had to have a second copy for school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best and only dictionary of its kind in print 17 Sep 2010
By mike shea - Published on Amazon.com
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This dictionary has been the single most helpful work of reference that I have used in my 10 years of studying theology. O'Collins and Farrugia tend to emphasize terms that appear more often in constructive (or systematic) theology. You'll find, for example, all of the significant ancient heresies dealing with the Church's development of Christology or Trinitarian theology and ample discussion of more philosophical terms (e.g. "positivism," "empiricism" "Aristotelianism," "Averroism"). There are a number of entries for terms relating to biblical exegesis, Church history and institutions (e.g., "Crusades," "Malibar Christians"), but an adequate treatment of these fields is really beyond the scope of any portable reference work. (FYI: For a fine 1-volume dictionary of technical terms for biblical exegesis, have a look at Richard N. Soulen and R. Kendall Soulen's "Handbook of Biblical Criticism, 3rd ed., Revised and Expanded"; for an adequate 1-volume work on Christian history, there is none better than F.L. Cross and E.A. Livingstone's "The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 3rd ed. Revised and Expanded; this latter work has recently been published in a much cheaper, concise version, which is probably quite good, but I haven't perused it). In addition to these inevitable deficiencies, this dictionary would have been greatly enhanced if its authors had included bibliographic information with each entry. But in lieu of their accomplishment, this is a minor point. To my knowledge, there is no other work like this in print today, and if doing theology is your mainstay, it will certainly be one of the most used books on your shelf, regardless of your level of learning. I'll end this review with an anecdote from an introductory theology class that I taught 2 years ago, in which this dictionary was a required companion piece. After the first few weeks of class, I wondered whether students were using this dictionary and began to feel some regret for having compelled them to purchase it. Then at mid-term, I handed out an informal teaching evaluation and asked the students to rate each book they had been exposed to (4-5, I believe) from 1-10, according to how "helpful" the book had been. My undergraduate students consistently rated this book the highest. So in short, if you are thinking about buying this book, you probably should do so! (Note to professors in theology: You may want to get your hands on the out-of-print "Theological Dictionary" written by Karl Rahner and Herbert Vorgrimler for your shelves. While O'Collins and Farrugia's "Concise Dictionary" is better overall, many of the former work's entries provide complementary information).
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted 7 April 2014
By Jim Boothman - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the first edition and did not believe it could be improved. This volume has filled in a few gaps in my church history classesand is very well used, thanks
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