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Patrology: 4 Vol. Set. [Paperback]

By Johannes Quasten (Author)
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This standard handbook on writers and documents from the church's first four and a half centuries summarizes everything from the Apostles' Creed to the Council of Chalcedon. For each church father, you'll find a biography, summaries of his writings, and (in the case of the more important fathers) a synthesis of his doctrine and theology. More all-in-one-place features for time-pressed patristics students: comprehensive bibliographies of the best ancient texts and modern translations of each document, and extensive bibliographies of secondary literature. 4 softcover volumes, from Christian Classics.

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This monumental series places at the disposal of the English reading public a solid introduction to early Christian literature. It is the first work of its kind written originally in English. The first volume appeared in 1950. Reviewers were unanimous in heaping praise upon the publication and looking upon it as a breakthrough in studying the Fathers of the Church. To arouse interest in the works of the Fathers, the author provides numerous excerpts in English. These are thought of as samples that, by giving readers a taste of the beauty and sublimity of the Patristic writings, may tempt them to take in hand the original and get their own impression of it, or, if that is too much for them, at least to read it in good translation. Only this, if achieved, will put readers close to Patristic literature, because only then do they sense the atmosphere of Christian antiquity and begin to penetrate its world. The author's experiences as a university professor prompted him to adopt this device. The selections are designed to also show the development of theology in the early centuries and to illustrate the approach of the Fathers to the deposit of faith.

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Studio: Christian Classics
Pages   2210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.81" Width: 9.98" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   6.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1986
Publisher   Christian Classics
Series  Christian Classics - Ave Maria Press  
ISBN  0870611410  
ISBN13  9780870611414  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Quasten, Professor of Ancient Church History and Christian Archaeology.

Johannes Quasten was born in 1900 and died in 1987.

Johannes Quasten has published or released items in the following series...
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Reviews - What do customers think about Patrology: 4 Vol. Set.?

Patrology  Feb 29, 2008
I requested this 4 volume set on Monday morning and I received it in nearly perfect condition on my door step by Friday afternoon.

Great Price, Great Product.

I referred this offer to my fellow Diaconate Candidates taking my class with me.
 
A fifth volume is also now available  Feb 29, 2008
I reviewed this originally in 2000, and the work has been a constant help to me ever since. However readers may wish to know that further volumes now exist in Italian, edited by Angelo di Berardino (who did vol. 4).

Most excitingly the first of these is now available in English: Patrology: The Eastern Fathers from the Council of Chalcedon (451) to John of Damascus (750). This is 'volume 5' of Quasten.

A further volume exists only in Italian, covering further Latin fathers.

Neither of the additional volumes are of the same quality as vol. 4, but anyone who wants all 4 volumes of Quasten probably wants vol. 5 also. That takes the story of the Eastern fathers up to John Damascene (ca. 750 AD).
 
authoritative for patristics  Sep 13, 2004
Quasten's Patrology is a four-volume scholarly survey of writings by the church fathers in the first several centuries of the Christian era. Some online reviews give the impression that the Patrology is an anthology of those writings. In fact, it is a survey that includes many excerpts (in English), often a page in length, to give a fair idea of what the author under discussion is like. The bibliographies are also extensive. Like the Literary History of England, it's more of a reference book than something you would sit and read straight through.

On the plus side, the Patrology is thorough and well written and has an excellent reputation. On the minus side, it is expensive (for a softcover) and needs to be supplemented for the study of heresies that have come to light since 1970. The texts discovered at Nag Hammadi, for example, are very important for the study of Irenaeus.

Something of such enduring value as Quasten's Patrology deserves to be published in hardcover. It should be on the short list of must-haves for the library of any seminary or university that teaches church history, patristics, theology, or philosophy.

Quasten's Patrology is a four-volume set. If you are considering buying any of them, you may find the following ISBN numbers handy: Patrology v1, Beginnings from Apostles' Creed, ISBN 0870610848; Patrology v2, Ante-Nicene after Irenaeus, ISBN 0870610856; Patrology v3, Golden Age Greek, ISBN 0870610864; Patrology v4, Golden Age Latin (from Nicea to Calcedon), ISBN 0870611275; set of four volumes, ISBN 0870611410. When ordering online, confirm the volume by ISBN number. Online vendors get the volumes confused with each other. Some are identified by the series title alone; others by the volume title; the cover art displayed may be for the wrong volume; and so on.
 
Authoritative for Patristics  Jun 28, 2004
This this site page is about Volume 2 of Quasten's Patrology, a four-volume scholarly survey of writings by the church fathers in the first several centuries of the Christian era. Some reviews give the impression that the Patrology is an anthology of those writings. In fact, it is a survey that includes many excerpts (in English), often a page in length, to give a fair idea of what the author under discussion is like. The bibliographies are also extensive. Like the Literary History of England, it's more of a reference book than something you would sit and read straight through.

On the plus side, the Patrology is thorough and well written and has an excellent reputation. On the minus side, it is expensive (for a softcover) and needs to be supplemented for the study of heresies that have come to light since 1970. The texts discovered at Nag Hammadi, for example, are very important for the study of Irenaeus.

Something of such enduring value as Quasten's Patrology deserves to be published in hardcover. It should be on the short list of must-haves for the library of any seminary or university that teaches church history, patristics, theology, or philosophy.

Quasten's Patrology is a four-volume set. If you are considering buying any of them, you may find the following ISBN numbers handy: 0870610848, Patrology v1, Beginnings from Apostles' Creed; 0870610856, Patrology v2, Ante-Nicene after Irenaeus; 0870610864, Patrology v3, Golden Age Greek; 0870611275, Patrology v4, Golden Age Latin (from Nicea to Calcedon); 0870611410, set of four volumes. When ordering online, confirm the volume by ISBN number. Online vendors get the volumes confused with each other. Some are identified by the series title alone; others by the volume title; the cover art displayed may be for the wrong volume; and so on.

 
The definitive introduction to Patrology  Jan 27, 2000
Quasten reviews the life and works of every Christian writer from the apostolic fathers to the end of the Patristic period. An extensive bibliography is given, containing editions of the work, translations and studies. Attention is also paid to manuscript traditions for the works. The detail is fullest for the earlier writers - later ones are still treated in a lot of detail, but volume constrains the data somewhat.

Vol I - From the Apostolic Creed to Irenaeus.

Vol II - The Ante-Nicene Literature after Irenaeus.

Vol III - The Golden age of Greek Patristic Literature.

Vol IV - The Golden Age of Latin Patristic Literature.

The first three volumes date to the mid-1950's - the last to 1986. Consequently the bibliography for the earlier volumes needs to be updated by reference to a comprehensive bibliography such as L'Annee Philologique for each author and work.

The work is a triumph of detail and essential as a starting point and reference for anyone interested in the Fathers. It is easily the quickest way to discover what works were written by which father, and where to get an edition/translation of it. Even for specialists, it will be useful as a first point of investigation. A book to return to again and again. Recommended, with the only qualification being the age of the first 3 volumes.

 

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