The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
With a combination of essay-length and short entries written by a team of leading religious experts, the two-volume Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodoxy offers the most comprehensive guide to the cultural and intellectual world of Eastern Orthodox Christianity available in English today. An outstanding reference work providing the first English language multi-volume account of the key historical, liturgical, doctrinal features of Eastern Orthodoxy, including the Non-Chalcedonian churches Explores of the major traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy in detail, including the Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Ethiopic, Slavic, Romanian, Syriac churches Uniquely comprehensive, it is edited by one of the leading scholars in the field and provides authoritative but accessible articles by a range of top international academics and Orthodox figures Spans the period from Late Antiquity to the present, encompassing subjects including history, theology, liturgy, monasticism, sacramentology, canon law, philosophy, folk culture, architecture, archaeology, martyrology, hagiography, all alongside a large and generously detailed prosopography Structured alphabetically and topically cross-indexed, with entries ranging from 100 to 6,000 words
Africa, Orthodoxy in Akathistos Albania, Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Patriarchate of Ambo Amnos Anagnostes (Reader) Analogion Anaphora Anastasimatarion Angels Anglicanism, Orthodoxy and Anointing of the Sick Antidoron Antimension Antioch, Patriarchate of Apodeipnon Apodosis Apolysis Apolytikion Apophaticism Aposticha Apostolic Succession Archdeacon Architecture, Orthodox Church Arianism Armenian Christianity Artoklasia Artophorion Asceticism Assyrian Apostolic Church of the East Asterisk Australasia, Orthodox Church in Baptism Barlaam of Calabria (ca. 1290–1348) Berdiaev, Nikolai A. (1874–1948) Bible Bioethics, Orthodoxy and Blessing Rituals Bogomils Bulgakov, Sergius (Sergei) (1871–1944) Bulgaria, Patriarchal Orthodox Church of Caerularios, Michael (d. 1059) Calendar Canon (Liturgical) Canon Law Canonization Cappadocian Fathers Catechumens Charity Chastity Cheesefare (Sunday of) Cherubikon China, Autonomous Orthodox Church of Chorepiscopos Chrismation Christ Church (Orthodox Ecclesiology) Communion of Saints Confession Constantinople, Patriarchate of Contemporary Orthodox Theology Coptic Orthodoxy Council of Chalcedon (451) Council of Constantinople I (381) Council of Constantinople II (553) Council of Constantinople III (680–681) Council of Ephesus (431) Council of Nicea I (325) Council of Nicea II (787) Cross Cyprus, Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Cyril Lukaris, Patriarch of Constantinople (1572–1638) Czech Lands and Slovakia, Orthodox Church of Deacon Deaconess Death (and Funeral) Deification Deisis Desert Fathers and Mothers Diakonikon Divine Liturgy, Orthodox Dormition Dostoevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich (1821–1881) Doxastikon Eastern Catholic Churches Ecology Ecumenical Councils Ecumenism, Orthodoxy and Education Eiletarion Eileton Ekphonesis Elder (Starets) Eleousa (Umilenie) Eothina Epiclesis Episcopacy Epitrachelion Eschatology Estonia, Orthodox Church in Ethics Eucharist Euchologion Evangelism Evlogitaria Exaposteilarion Exarch Excommunication Exorcism Fasting Fatherhood of God Feasts Filioque Finland, Autonomous Orthodox Church of Florence, Council of (1438–1439) Florensky, Pavel Alexandrovich (1882–1937) Florovsky, Georges V. (1893–1979) Fools, Holy Georgia, Patriarchal Orthodox Church of Glykophilousa Gnosticism Gospel Grace Great Week Greece, Orthodox Church of Hades Hagiography Healing Heirmologion Heresy Hesychasm Hexapsalmoi Hieratikon Hodegitria Holy Spirit Holy Trinity Horologion Humanity Hymnography Hypakoe Iasi (Jassy), Synod of (1642) Iconoclasm Iconography, Styles of Iconostasis Icons Idiomelon Imiaslavie Incarnation (of the Logos) Incense Islam, Orthodoxy and Japan, Autonomous Orthodox Church of Jeremias II, Patriarch (1572–1595) Jerusalem, Patriarchate of Jesus Prayer Judaism, Orthodoxy and Judgment Kalymauchion Katavasia Kathisma Kazakhstan, Orthodoxy in Khomiakov, Aleksey S. (1804–1860) Kollyva Kollyvadic Fathers Kontakion Lance Latvia, Orthodoxy in Lithuania, Orthodoxy in Liturgical Books Logos Theology Lossky, Vladimir (1903–1958) Love Lyons, Council of (1274) Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Mandorla Maronites Marriage Maximus the Greek (1470–1555) Megalomartyr Saints Men, Alexander (1935–1990) Menaion Mesonyktikon Metanie (Metanoia) Meteora Military Saints Miracles Moghila, Peter (1596–1646) Moldova, Orthodoxy in Monasticism Monophysitism (including Miaphysitism) Monothelitism Mount Athos Music (Sacred) Myrobletes Saints Mystery (Sacrament) Name (Name Day) Nativity of the Lord Nativity of the Theotokos Nestorianism New Martyrs Newly Revealed Saints Niptic Books (Paterika) Non-Possessors (Nil Sorskii) Ode Oktoechos Old Believers Old Testament Optina Ordination Oriental Orthodox Original Sin Orthodoxy and World Religions Orthros (Matins) Ottoman Yoke Panagia Pantocrator Icon Papacy Paradise Paraklesis Paraklitike Parousia Passion Bearers Patristics Pentarchy Pentecost, Feast of Pentekostarion Perichoresis Phelonion Philokalia Philosophy Pilgrim, Way of the Platytera Poland, Orthodox Church of Pontike, Evagrios (ca. 345–399) Possessors (Joseph of Volotsk) Prayer Priesthood Prokeimenon Proskomedie (Prothesis) Protecting Veil Protodeacon Psaltes (Cantor) Psilanthropism Psychosabbaton Quinisext Council (Council in Trullo) (692) Relics Repentance Resurrection Rhipidion (Fan) Romania, Patriarchal Orthodox Church of Rome, Ancient Patriarchate of Royal Doors Russia, Patriarchal Orthodox Church of Scholarios, George (Gennadios) (ca. 1403–1472) Semandron Serbia, Patriarchal Orthodox Church of Sexual Ethics Sinai, Autocephalous Church of Solovyov, Vladimir (1853–1900) Sophiology Sophrony, Archimandrite (1896–1993) Soteriology St. Andrei Rublev (ca. 1360–1430) St. Antony of Egypt (the Great) (ca. 251–356) St. Athanasius of Alexandria (ca. 293–373) St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430) St. Basil of Caesarea (Basil the Great) (330–379) St. Constantine the Emperor (ca. 271–337) St. Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 378–444) St. Dionysius the Areopagite St. Dorotheos of Gaza (6th c.) St. Elizaveta Feodorovna (1864–1918) St. Ephrem the Syrian (ca. 306–373/379) St. Filaret (Philaret) Drozdov (1782–1867) St. Gregory of Nazianzus (Gregory the Theologian) (329–390) St. Gregory Palamas (1296–1359) St. Gregory the Great, Pope (ca. 540–604) St. Ignatius Brianchaninov (1807–1867) St. Isaac the Syrian (7th c.) St. John Cassian (ca. 360–ca. 435) St. John Chrysostom (349–407) St. John Klimakos (ca. 579–ca. 659) St. John of Damascus (ca. 675–ca. 750) St. Macarius (4th c.) St. Mark of Ephesus (1392–1445) St. Maximos the Confessor (580–662) St. Nicholas Cabasilas (ca. 1322–ca. 1391) St. Nicholas the Wonderworker St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite (1749–1809) St. Paisy Velichovsky (1722–1794) St. Photios the Great (ca. 810–ca. 893) St. Romanos the Melodist (6th c.) St. Seraphim of Sarov (1759–1833) St. Sergius of Radonezh (1314–1392) St. Silouan of Athos (1866–1938) St. Symeon the New Theologian (949–1022) St. Theodore the Studite (759–826) St. Theophan (Govorov) the Recluse (1815–1894) St. Tikhon (Belavin) (1865–1925) St. Tikhon of Zadonsk (1724–1783) St?niloae, Dumitru (1903–1993) Stavrophore Stethatos, Niketas (ca. 1005–1085) Sticharion Sticheron Sts. Barsanuphius and John (6th c.) Sts. Constantine (Cyril) (ca. 826–869) and Methodios (815–885) Stylite Saints Syrian Orthodox Churches Theophan the Greek (ca. 1340–1410) Theophany, Feast of Theophylact of Ohrid (ca. 1050–1108) Theotokion Theotokos, the Blessed Virgin Tradition Triodion Troparion Ukraine, Orthodoxy in the United States of America, Orthodoxy in the Unmercenary Saints Vespers (Hesperinos) Vestments Virgins War Wealth Western Europe, Orthodoxy in Widows Women in Orthodoxy Appendix: Foundational Documents of Orthodox Theology
“The paperback edition is a valuable and affordable resource, which I recommend as a compendium for historians, religionists, and theologians alike.” (Religious Studies Review, 4 June 2015) “In short, this Encyclopedia, is a useful tool that offers valuable basic information on many aspects of the Orthodox world.” (Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, 1 March 2014) “The encyclopaedia as a whole is a remarkable achievement: not, perhaps, completely reliable, but nothing is. The preface by the editor, Fr John McGuckin, is a masterpiece.” (Theology, 1 September 2012) “His monumental work and Leustean’s indispensable reference book provide a wealth of knowledge about global Orthodoxy during historical cycles of growth, repression and renewal.” (European History Quarterly, 2012) “By this token, then, the encyclopaedia is a timely value for money product, for those with deep pockets and deep minds.” (Reference Reviews, 2012) "The stated intention of producing an authoritative, scholarly reference work has been realized in a work that will have the greatest utility for researchers at every level. In 30 years of studying Orthodox Christianity, this reviewer has been no comparable work. Summing Up: Essential. Reference collections supporting lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty, and general readers. " (Choice, 1July 2011) "In the preface editor McGuckin expresses his joy in bringing together this two-volume reference - a resource that breaks ground by making accessible comprehensive coverage of a religion that is rising once again after enduring some of the greatest challenges of its history - the 20th-century repressive regimes of eastern Europe." (Booknews, 1 April 2011). "The stated intention of producing an authoritative, scholarly reference work has been realized in a work that will have the greatest utility for researchers at every level. In 30 years of studying Orthodox Christianity, this reviewer has seen no comparable work. Summing Up: Essential. Reference collections supporting lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty, and general readers"(CHOICE, July 2011)
John Anthony McGuckin is Nielsen Professor of Early Church History at Union Theological Seminary, and Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University in New York. A Stavrofor priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church in America, Professor McGuckin is the author of more than twenty books on religious and historical themes, including The Orthodox Church (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and is widely considered one of the leading experts on Early Christian and Eastern Orthodox traditions writing today.
The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity is an outstanding reference work providing the first English-language multi-volume account of the key historical, liturgical, and doctrinal features of Eastern Orthodoxy, including the Non-Chalcedonian churches. The Orthodox churches are extensive families of ancient Christianity that derive from apostolic times and took much of their external shape in the Byzantine era. Today they are reemerging after generations of suppression and state persecution in eastern Europe, and now have a growing presence in western Europe. Their voice is that of the largest single block of world Christians after contemporary Roman Catholics, but it is a voice, so far, largely unheard in the West. Uniquely comprehensive, this two-volume reference work is compiled and edited by one of the leading scholars in the field, and brings together a large panel of internationally respected writers. It explores the major traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy in detail, including the Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Ethiopic, Slavic, Romanian, and Syriac churches. Spanning the period from late antiquity to the present, it encompasses key subjects such as history, theology, liturgy, monasticism, sacramentology, canon law, philosophy, folk culture, architecture, archaeology, martyrology, and hagiography. With helpful illustrations, it also includes a valuable Appendix outlining the foundational documents of Orthodox theology. The Encyclopedia is structured alphabetically and is topically cross-indexed, combining essay-length articles and brief, informative notations on hundreds of topics central to the history and theology of Eastern Orthodoxy. This invaluable new work will appeal to both academic and ecclesiastical groups, and represents a major resource for anyone interested in exploring the full breadth of topics surrounding the Eastern Christian world.
"This is a monumental Encyclopedia, in both breadth and depth. It is sure to become a standard reference work for generations to come." —V. Rev. Dr. John Behr, Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary