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The Fathers of the Church

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ISBN13: 9781565633315

ISBN10: 1565633318

Publisher: Hendrickson Publishing

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  • Good, solid, contemporary introductions to patristic authors and writings are difficult to find in the English-speaking world, and European volumes are expensive. This volume, which is Siegfried Schatzmanns translation of Lehrbuch der Patrologie, offers English-speaking readers easy access to Hubertus R. Drobners traditional introduction to early Christian thought.

    Hubertus R. Drobner brings patristics scholarship up to date in this traditional introduction. His work is sufficiently broad to be a useful summary of early Christian history and the expansive strokes of doctrinal debate and development and provides a clear presentation of early Christian thought.

    Drobner introduces new materials throughout this recently updated edition of his handbook. A general map and several timetables add to the clarity of the volume.

    The Fathers of the Church is valuable in its presentation of contemporary studies and views. Patristics students will benefit from this dependable overview of early Christian texts, and scholars and libraries will appreciate the extensive bibliography, indexes, and other resources.



    Hubertus R. Drobner is Professor for Church History and Patrology of the Theological Faculty at the University of Paderborn, Germany.
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    'This is an English translation by Siegfried Schatzmann of the German book Lehrbuch der Patrologie by Hubertus R. Drobner, which was originally published in 1994 with some corrected, revised and additional material added by Drobner and William Harmless, S.J. This book is an introduction and bibliography of the writings of the Fathers of the Church and other early Christian writings. The Fathers and other writers are grouped into historical periods. Each Church Father or writing starts with an introduction into that person or writing, which is then followed by a bibliography of sources in various languages. There are books, journals, and Internet sites provided. There is a supplemental bibliography at the back of the book with a subject index and an index of ancient sources. This book is highly recommended for seminaries and schools of theology due to its price and the amount of information it provides.'

    - American Reference Books Annual.

    "Good, solid, contemporary introductions to patristic authors and writings are difficult to find in the English-speaking world, and European volumes are expensive. This volume, which is Siegfried Schatzmanns translation of Lehrbuch der Patrologie, offers English-speaking readers easy access to Hubertus R. Drobners traditional introduction to early Christian thought. Hubertus R. Drobner brings patristics scholarship up to date in this traditional introduction. His work is sufficiently broad to be a useful summary of early Christian history and the expansive strokes of doctrinal debate and development and provides a clear presentation of early Christian thought. Drobner introduces new materials throughout this recently updated edition of his handbook. A general map and several timetables add to the clarity of the volume. The Fathers of the Church is valuable in its presentation of contemporary studies and views. Patristics students will benefit from this dependable overview of early Christian texts, and scholars and libraries will appreciate the extensive bibliography, indexes, and other resources."

    - Review of Biblical Literature

    'Drobners volume is a translation of the 1994 German book, but with additions from subsequent translations in French, etc. Rather than a textbook, it is a rich resource book or 'guidebook,' as English editor Harmless labels it. The book is chronologically organized. Within separate historical periods, readers will find focuses on themes, particular church fathers, and the fathers various texts. Each focus offers a wealth of bibliographical material. Thankfully, Harmless supplements Drobners bibliographical resources with some more current entries. Readers will discover classical research resources, i.e., from the entire 20th century, but not the latest, most up-to-date material. Overall, this is an easy-to-use ready reference for students and scholars alike. Drobner (Univ. of Paderborn, Germany) also provides an effective overview of the salient themes of the early Christian centuries. He offers good, very readable introductions to the various church fathers with respect to their historical context and theological significance. Useful indexes of subjects and of ancient sources again enable quick access for readers with particular research interests. Finally, one of the books most distinctive features is the chapter on independent bodies of literature, which offers resources on Syrians, Egyptians, Armenians, and Arabs. This will be an important work for serious students and scholars of early Christianity. Its reasonable price and its comprehensiveness within a single volume mean that it will be valuable in a wide variety of libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students and above.'

    - Choice

    'I can highly recommend this book to both teachers and students in schools of theology and seminaries due to its comparatively moderate price and the amount of information provided in just 600 pages. It is certainly more than the mere introduction suggested by its English title. . . I am convinced that this volume will become the normative contemporary source to be first consulted by those seeking further information about the Fathers.'

    - Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

    'A well-known and widely used introduction (already translated into Italian, French, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese) now appears in English dress as an adapted, expanded, and updated version of the 1994 German original. . . .The bibliographies in the main part of the work include items appearing in 2002, while the supplementary bibliography at the end extends coverage into 2005. Overall, a welcome and very useful reference work that should be widely used.'

    - Religious Studies Review

    '. . . Now comes Drobner, and the long-sought replacement for Altaner has arrived. More comprehensive than McGuckin; handier than Ferguson, Quasten, Di Berardino and Moreschini; more accurate than D?Âpp and Geerlings: this is a gem worthy to be Altaners noble successor. While slightly truncated in its coverage and hence not as comprehensive as Altaner, nevertheless every major Christian figure from Clement of Rome to John of Damascus is surveyed. A brief overview of each figures life is the entree to standard bibliographical surveys, followed by summaries of major works. Hence, Drobner is an up-dated version of Altaner in one volume. It is the current worthy addition to the scholar pastors library who wants a handy overview of the fathers. More thorough and exhaustive work will require consulting Quasten. But our volume has a splendid Supplemental Bibliography by William Harmless (581-604) which updates (to 2004) the thorough general bibliography appearing on pages xli-lvi. Included in these bibliographies are microform sources, electronic databases (e.g., CETEDOC, TLG. PL CD-ROM, In principio CDROM, etc.) and websites. NB: the complete second German revision of this work (2004) has not yet been incorporated into this English translation of the original 1994 edition.

    'The explosion of patristic research over the past fifty years makes tools such as those listed above essential to the study of the church fathers. As entry level works, they orient the reader to the person, his theology and to his writings. They are welcome helpers in tracing out the history of doctrine, as well as the history of the (early) Christian church to the 7th century. We commend the publishers for making this volume available to a wider audience auf Englisch.'

    - Kerux

    "Drobner provides an overview of the most important Church Fathers, their work and themes, all helpfully located in their historical, political and ecclesiastical background. The book is aptly described as comprehensive: Drobner starts with the biblical apocrypha and traces the Fathers through to the mid-eighth century, before concluding with Syriac, Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian and Georgian writings. Most authors, or their individual works, get a couple of pages each with a bibliography for further reading. The General Bibliography includes dictionaries, encyclopaedias, patrologies, series of editions of the Fathers, translations, reference works, manuals, journals, monograph series, microfiches, electronic databanks and collections of internet addresses. Originally published in German (1994), this edition incorporates the continuous process of revision that has taken place as the book has been translated into five other languages, though additions and changes made to the second German edition (2004) have not been incorporated.

    "This is an excellent gateway into the writings of the Fathers: succinct introductions provide swift and accurate orientation for newcomers. Drobner succeeds in bringing his subject matter to life, rendering the Fathers accessible, interesting and even occasionally humorous. Those wanting to look deeper will be well served by the bibliographies, though, frustratingly, the abbreviated references in the body of the book cannot always be tracked down in the General Bibliography. Its also a shame that Harmlesss supplementary bibliography (2005 onwards) is buried unobtrusively at the back of the book. These are minor flaws in a book that is essential reading for people working in this field."

    - Journal for the Study of the New Testament Booklist


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The Fathers of the Church