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Dictionary of Christian Antiquities (2 vols.)

, 1875–1880
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Dictionary of Christian Antiquities gives a complete account of the leading persons, institutions, art, social life, writings, and controversies of the Christian Church from the time of the Apostles to the age of Charlemagne. Ending with Charlemagne's reign, which forms the important link between the ancient and the modern, the first eight centuries of the Christian era are covered up until the Middle Ages.

Subjects covered in Dictionary of Christian Antiquities include the organization of the church, with its officers, legislation, disciplines and revenues; the social life of Christians, including their worship and ceremonies with the accompanying music, vestments, instruments, vessels and insignia; their sacred places, architecture, and other forms of art; their symbolism; their sacred days and seasons; the graves or catacombs where they were laid to rest; and much, much more. Each volume contains hundreds of images and illustrations.

With an all-star contributors list of over 70 classic scholars, Dictionary of Christian Antiquities is sure to be a goto reference in your library. And with Logos Bible Software, you can get even more out of this awesome reference work! Searches in Logos will pull from articles and entries in Dictionary of Christian Antiquities and all Scripture references within the dictionary link directly to the original language texts and English Bible translations in your library. What’s more, Dictionary of Christian Antiquities will serve as a vital secondary source for many of the primary texts already in your library, giving you instant access to short articles, definitions, and bibliographic materials on hundreds of topics—enhancing the value of your entire library.


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“: ὁ πίστεως ἀρχαίας κανῶν, ὁ κανῶν τῆς ἀληθείας, τὸ κήρυγμα τὸ ἀποστολικόν, ἡ εὐαγγελικὴ καὶ ἀποστολικὴ παράδοσις.” (Page 489)

“Fleury, Hist. Ecc. xxxii. 15). Similarly, a monk from another monastery” (Page 188)

“such a purpose, and so received the name campana or campanum.” (Page 184)

It is one of vast erudition, and is almost indispensable to ministers and Sabbath school teachers.

The Evangelical Repository and United Presbyterian Worker

All matters connected with the form and arrangement of churches, their worship, and their ornamentation are treated with great care and knowledge, and, where necessary, with abundance of illustrations. It is obvious, that on a great number of subjects, necessarily presenting themselves in a work like this, the difficulties of avoiding the temptations to be partial and one-sided must often be great. It seems to us fair to say that a very credible success has been achieved in surmounting them.


These dictionaries are the product of the ripest scholarship in Britain, and are perhaps the most splendid specimens in existence of encyclopedias devoted to special branches of knowledge.

The International Cyclopedia: A Compendium of Human Knowledge

  • Title: Dictionary of Christian Antiquities
  • Editors: William Smith and Samuel Cheetham
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 2,060

William Smith was a well known lexicographer and writer. Smith oversaw many important dictionary projects, including A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Dictionary of the Bible, and, with Henry Wace, the Dictionary of Christian Biography.

Samuel Cheetham was Archdeacon of Southwark and Professor of Pastoral Theology in King's College, London. He also served as Chaplain of Dulwich College, and was a former fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge.


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