Early to Medieval Christian History Bibliography

When I took Early to Medieval Christian History class in Fall 2009, my prof provided the following bibliography.


Allen, Diogenes. Philosophy for Understanding Theology.  Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1985. [BT 40 .A44 1985]

Augustine. Confessions, H. Chadwick, trans. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. [BR 65 .A6 E5 1991]

Brown, Peter. Augustine of Hippo.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1967. [BR 1720. A9 B768 1967]

Chadwick, Henry. The Early Church.  Harmondsworth, U.K.: Penguin Books, Ld., 1967. [BR165 .C48 1993]

Coakley, John W. and Andrea Sterk. Readings in World Christian History, vol I: Earliest Christianity to 1453.  New York: Orbis, 2004. [BR 145.3 .R43 2004]

Evans, G.R., ed., The Medieval Theologians.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2001. [BR 253. M42 2001]

Fletcher, Richard.  The Conversion of Europe: From Paganism to Christianity.  New York: Harper Collins, 1998.  [BR 735 .F43 1997]

Froehlich, Karlfried, ed. Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church.  Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984.  Pp. 16-18, 48-78 on Blackboard under E-Reserves. [BS500 .B55 1984]

Hastings, Adrian (ed.). A World History of Christianity.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999. [BR 150. W67 1999b]

Herrin, Judith. The Formation of Christendom. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1989.

[BR232 .H47 1989]

Hildegard of Bingen. Scivias, “Declaration” and Visions 1-3, trans. Mother Columba Hart & Jane Bishop, introduced by Barbara Newman, preface by Caroline Bynum Walker.  Classics of Western Spirituality.   New York: Paulist,1990.

Holum, Kenneth G. “Controversy over the Mother of God,” ch. 5 of Theodosian Empresses: Women and Imperial Dominion in Late Antiquity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.  Pp. 147-174, on Blackboard under E-Reserves.  [DG322 .H64 1982]

Irvin, Dale T., and Scott Sunquist, History of the World Christian Movement, vol. I, Earliest Christianity to 1453.  New York: Orbis, 2001. [BR 145.3 .I78 2001]

John of Damascus, On the Divine Images: Three Apologies against Those Who Attack the Divine Images. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1980. Pp. 34-49 on Blackboard under E-Reserves.  [BR65.J623 P7613]

Jolly, Karen L. Tradition and Diversity: Christianity in a World Context to 1500. Armonk, NY, and London: M.E. Sharpe, 1997.  [BR 160 .A2 J65 1997]

Kelly, J.N.D. Early Christian Doctrines.  Rev. ed. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1978. [BT 75.2 .K44 1978]

Knowles, David. The Evolution of Medieval Thought.  Baltimore: Helicon Press, 1962. [B721 .K73]

McGinn, Bernard, The Presence of God: A History of Western Christian Mysticism.  New York: Crossroads, 1994. [BV 5077 .E85 M34 1991]

McManners, John, ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992. [BR 145 .W34 1985].

McVey, Kathleen E. “Christianity and Culture, Dead White European Males and the Study of Patristics,” Princeton Seminary Bulletin 15 (1994):103-130.

McVey, Kathleen E. Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns. Classics of Western Spirituality.   New York: Paulist, 1989.

Noll, Mark. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker,

1997. [BR 145.2 .N65 1997]

Rorem, Paul. “The Company of Medieval Women Theologians, Theology Today 60 (2003): 82-93.

Rorem, Paul. “Empathy and Evaluation in Medieval Church History and Pastoral Ministry: A Lutheran Reading of Pseudo-Dionysius,” Princeton Seminary Bulletin 19 (1998): 99-115.

Rorem, Paul. Pseudo-Dionysius: A Commentary on the Texts and an Introduction to their Influence. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. [BR65 .D66 R68 1993]

The Rule of St. Benedict in English, ed. Timothy Fry, OSB.  Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1982. [BX 3004 .A2 1981]

Southern, R.W. Western Views of Islam in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1962. [BP172 .S72]

Thiébaux, Marcelle. The Writings of Medieval Women, 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1994. [PN 667 .W75 1994]

Walker, W. A History of the Christian Church, 4th ed. Revised by R.A. Norris, D.W. Lotz, and R.T. Handy.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1985. [BR 145 .W34 1985]



Brauer, Jerald C. (ed.) The Westminster Dictionary of Church History, [1971] [REF BR 95.W77]

Cross, F.L. and E.A. Livingstone (eds.) The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church 3 ed.1997 (REF BR 95 .093 1997]

Davies, J.G. (ed.) New Westminster Dictionary of Liturgy and Worship [REF BV 173 .N49 1986]

Douglas, J.D. and E.E. Cairnes (eds.) The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church rev. ed. 1978 [REF BR 95.068]

Esler, Philip F. The Early Christian World. London: Routledge, 2000. [REF BR165 .E17 2000]

Ferguson, E. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, 2nd ed. 1997 [REF BR 162.2 .E53 1997] Also online at: http://yeshebi.ptsem.edu:2241/subscriber/uid=1735/title_home?title_id=w018

Hillerbrand, Hans, (ed.) The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation [REF BR 302.8 .093 1996]

Kazhdan, A. (ed.) Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, 1991 [REF DF 521 .093]

Lossky, N. (ed.) Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement 1991 [REF BX 8.2 .D532]

Macdonald, W.C. et al. (eds.) The New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967 [REF BX 841 .N44]

Parry, Kenneth, et. al. Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity, 1999 [REF BX 100.7 .B53]

Richardson, A. and J. Bowden (eds.) The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology [REF BR 95 .W494 1983]

Strayer J. (ed.) Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 1982-89 [REF D 114 .D55]


Atlas of the Christian Church (Chadwick) [REF BR 98 .A74]

Atlas of the Crusades [REF G 1034 .R5]

Augsburg Historical Atlas of Christianity [REF BR 98 .A52]

Macmillan Atlas History of Christianity (Littell) [REF G 1046 .E4 L5 1976]


Ancient Christian Writers: The Works of the Fathers in Translation (J. Quasten and J.C. Plumbe, eds.) Paulist Press 1946ff. [REF BR60 .A62 1946]

The Ante-Nicene Fathers (A. Roberts and J. Donaldson, eds.) 10 vols. (1884-1897), Eerdmans reprint [REF BR 60 .A4 .A57 1986]

Classics of Western Spirituality 1974ff. [REF BL 70 .C52]

Creeds of the Churches (John Leith, ed.) John Knox Press, 1982. [REF BT990 .C91 1982]

Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils (N. Tanner, ed.) REF BX 825 .A1990

The Fathers of the Church (Schopp, Walsh, Deferrari et al., eds.) 1947ff. [REF BW 220.1 .F25]

The Library of Christian Classics (J. Baillie, J.T. McNeill, H.P. Van Dusen, general editors). 26 vols., 1950s and 60s. [REF BR 45 .L52]

Liturgies of the Western Church (B. Thompson, ed.) (1961), reprint 1980 [REF BV 186.5 .T46 1980]

A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church (P. Schaff et al., eds.) 28 vols. in 2 series (1886-1900), Eerdmans reprints [REF BR 60 .A62 S45 1983]



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