Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Lehrbuch der Geschichte der Alten Kirche

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Lehrbuch der Geschichte der Alten Kirche

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Lehrbuch der Geschichte der Alten Kirche. By Karl Suso Frank, with the collaboration of Elisabeth Grunbeck. (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh. 1996. Pp. xxvii, 476. DM 98, -.)

This volume is Schoningh's most recent successor to the famous Kirchengeschichte by Karl Bihlmeyer that was revised by Hermann Tuchle after his death in 1942. Its more than 500 pages span the first six hundred years of Christianity in seventy-eight sections drawing from approximately 250 books, journals, and other publications in German, French, Italian, English, Spanish, Greek, and Latin. In short, it is an international bibliographical goldmine on the Early Church.

The introduction, which runs twenty-nine pages, sets out the whole study in relief. It briefly discusses methodology, defines terms of the study, and reviews the multiple sources that will be used: chronicles (East and West), the earliest church historians, conciliar and papal documents, the massive body of secondary literature, and an equally vast collection of lexicological, canonical, liturgical, and hagiological references in many languages.

The text itself is divided simply into two parts: from the origins to Constantine and the Church in the Roman Empire from late Antiquity to the early Middle Ages. A ten-page name and issue index and a list of the popes and the Roman and Byzantine emperors into the seventh century complete the text.

The final division of the volume (XI) will probably be most helpful for the beginning scholar of the Early Church. …

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