This thorough Bible dictionary by renowned nineteenth-century scholar and church historian Philip Schaff provides well-researched articles to guide you through the Bible. Schaff provides comprehensive research on each article, including cross-references across the biblical canon and modern studies in the fields of natural history, mineralogy, geography, topography, archaeology, literature, theology, biography, and history. Assisted by professionals in each of those disciplines, Schaff completed this lengthy dictionary for a diverse Christian audience in just under two years.
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Philip J. Schaff (1819–1893) was born in Chur, Switzerland. He was educated in Germany at Tübingen, Halle, and Berlin, where he studied under August Neander. In 1843, he moved to America and became a professor of church history and biblical literature at the German Reformed Theological Seminary in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
During that time, he edited a hymnal, worked on the liturgy in the German Reformed Church, and edited a translation of the Heidelberg Catechism. The English translation of his History of the Apostolic Church appeared in 1853. Schaff remained at Mercersburg until 1863, when the Civil War forced the seminary to close.
In 1870, Schaff became a professor at Union Theological Seminary. During his tenure there, he held the chair of theological encyclopedia and Christian symbolism, the chair of Hebrew and cognate languages, the chair of sacred literature, and the chair of church history. He also served on the committee that translated the American Standard Version.
Schaff also authored or edited the History of the Christian Church, Early Church Fathers, and the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. He is remembered as one of America’s foremost church historians of the nineteenth century.