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Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils: Volumes 1 and 2: From Nicaea I to Vatican II [Hardcover]

By Norman P. Tanner (Editor)
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This monumental two-volume publication brings together in the original languages and an English translation, all the decrees of all the ecumenical councils from Nicaea I to Vatican II. As such it represents an indispensable reference work for theologians and historians, as well as for anyone interested in the development of Christian thought and doctrine. Indeed, these decrees represent the authoritative distillation of Christian tradition which itself is bound together with scripture "in a close and reciprocal relationship" so that the two "form a single sacred deposit of the word of God, entrusted to the church."

The original text is a reproduction of the brilliant edition by G. Alberigo and others of the decrees "Conciliorum Oecumenicorum Decreta," which provides for the first time a reliable critical text for all the ecumenical councils. The English translation faces each page of the original text and is the first rendering into English of all these decrees taken together. The translators have used inclusive language throughout to emphasize the continuity of conciliar documents.

The 2,528 total pages of these two volumes include all the authenticated texts and their English renderings as well as a preface and introduction by the oringinal languages editor, a foreword by the English language editor, a bibliography for each decree, various commentaries and explanatory notes, and ten comprehensive indices.

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Studio: Georgetown University Press
Pages   2528
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 3.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   5.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1990
Publisher   Georgetown University Press
Age  22
ISBN  0878404902  
ISBN13  9780878404902  

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A wonderful investment  Feb 3, 2006
While I don't carry as much authority on the subject as Rev Dr John Trigilio, I wanted to add that this is a must have volume for theology students. I am studying for my undergrad in theology and Christian education and have started my MA in theology. These two volumes, while expensive for us college students, are well worth having as reference material, and to study. As well as the original languages, Fr. Tanner offers introductions and background to each of the councils. There are also biblical, person, and subject indexes for ease of use. The volumes are sturdy and use a thicker paper for note writing and highlighting. Along with a Bible, catechism, commentaries on scripture, and Church Fathers, these volumes should have an esteemed place on your shelf.
Indispensible reference materials!  Feb 11, 2001
These two volumes represent the most up-to-date, complete, and academically critical presentations and translations of all the decrees of all 21 Ecumenical Councils of the Catholic Church.

Of particular note is the original language text, given on the left-hand pages, providing the resources for the language scholar to make the translations him/herself. This is of value, because Fr. Tanner's English translation is a bit "modern"; succumbing unnecessarily to the lure of the "inclusive language translation".

Leaving this aside, the research and scholarship is impeccable. These volumes should be on the shelves of any clergyman or academic -- regardless of denominational affiliation.

Best Authentic Edition of the Conciliar Decrees  Dec 12, 1999
This edition is by far the best source of the typical (authentic) Latin version of the Ecumenical Councils (Nicea-Vatican 2). While the English translation may not rival Austin Flannery, OP, this is the ONLY available book containing the official and original Latin text for Vatican II, in addition to the preceding councils. I was duly impressed with the quality of the book (binding, print, etc.) and was happy to read the authentic texts of the Second Vatican Council in the mother tongue. Compliments Flannery's version all the way.

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