For nearly a century, History of the Christian Church has been considered a standard reference for church history. Originally published in eight volumes with more than 7,000 pages, this version contains the complete and unabridged 1910 third revision. Schaff begins by examining Christianity’s roots in Judaism, and then works his way through Nicene and Medieval Christianity on through to the German and Swiss Reformations.
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- Volume 1. Apostolic Christianity A. D. 1–100
- Volume 2. Ante-Nicene Christianity A.D. 100–325
- Volume 3. Nicene and Post-Nicene Christianity A.D. 311–600
- Volume 4. Mediæval Christianity A.D. 590–1073
- Volume 5. The Middle Ages A.D. 1049–129
- Volume 6. The Middles Ages A.D. 1294–1517
- Volume 7. Modern Christianity—The German Reformation
- Volume 8. Modern Christianity—The Swiss Reformation
- Title: History of the Christian Church
- Author: Philip Schaff
- Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
- Publication Date: 1910
- Pages: 6,946
Philip Schaff was born on January 1, 1819 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 professor of church history and biblical literature at the German Reformed Theological Seminary in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
During this 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 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.
Schaff died October 20, 1893.