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An Excellent Resource for the "Profane Reader"!
on 12 June 2010
Being one of those "profane readers" the first reviewer wrote of, I will try to give my opinion of this dictionary.
I found it very helpful. I bought this book before I bought the 10 volume set from Hendrickson Publishers, and of course you can't just live off those quotes. If you're serious about finding out what the faith once delivered was you must get the writings of the early church for yourself. The Ante-Nicene Fathers is cheap and quite extensive. Sure there are many more MMS around today, but the 10 volume set is a good starting point.
I understand that Bercot put this book together for the "profane reader", not the scholar. He said somewhere that the purpose of the book was to be a kind of "10th volume" to replace the "ineffective" index and glossary currently there. Another reason was that Bercot said himself that although he had read the early church himself when a lot of people would ask him questions about this or that writer or subject he could not find it very quickly. This is related to his frustration with the 10th volume of the set, and so he set out to edit his own dictionary. I understand this dictionary was just as much for Bercot as it is for others.
I have been able to use this dictionary, and put it to good use in speaking or emailing with others. Sure you could download a free PDF version of the 10 volumes, but sometimes you just don't know where to look or what word to use. This is where the dictionary come in so handy.
I give this dictionary a hearty 5 stars.