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Cambridge University Press
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June 2012
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With over 550 entries ranging from Abba to Zwingli composed by leading contemporary theologians from around the world, The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology represents a fresh, ecumenical approach to theological reference. Written with an emphasis on clarity and concision, all entries are designed to help the reader understand and assess the specifically theological significance of the most important concepts. Clearly structured, the volume is organized around a small number of 'core entries' which focus on key topics to provide a general overview of major subject areas, while making use of related shorter entries to impart a more detailed knowledge of technical terms. The work as a whole provides an introduction to the defining topics in Christian thought and is an essential reference point for students and scholars.


‘This is an indispensable, immensely rich, genuinely theological reference work. Its entries offer specifically theological examination of a comprehensive array of theological topics and biographies by an inclusive range of theological voices. And it integrates those entries in an ingenious way. The inter-connections among the multiple conceptual perspectives of its entries on core theological topics amount to a map of systematic theology.'

David Kelsey - Yale University

'What sets the The Cambridge Dictionary apart is its format … fills a troublesome void in theological reference texts.'

Kent Eliers Source: Theology Forum

'The volume is ecumenical and includes a wide range of perspectives from a wealth of contributors. It should be recommended to theological and university libraries and … to students starting out on a theological career.'

Jason A. Fout Source: Anglican Theological Review

'This one-volume work is intended to be 'coherent and capacious, but neither partisan nor blinkered'. It accomplishes this … by including many prominent scholars, entries on the most current theological issues, and by touching on a variety of doctrinal topics, confessional orientations, and theological styles.'

M. Y. Spomer Source: CHOICE

'This volume is both a comprehensive historical reference and a splendid outline of contemporary theological movements … Indeed, among the numerous theological dictionaries currently available, this volume stands alone above the crowd. Every academic library should have a copy.'

David H. Jensen Source: Religious Studies Review

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