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John M. Kelly Library

Research Guide to Eastern Christianity

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This research guide is designed for use particularly in the graduate courses of the Faculty of Theology. It is maintained by Noel S. McFerran. It was last updated September 2011.


General Dictionaries

The Blackwell Dictionary of Eastern Christianity.

Edited by Ken Parry et al. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 100.7 .B53 1999]
This work covers Catholic and Orthodox, Byzantine and non-Byzantine, Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian traditions. There are articles on geographical areas, important persons, theological issues, and liturgical items. Includes bibliographical references, mostly to English-language works.

The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Edited by John Anthony McGuckin. Maldern, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 2 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 230 .E53 2011]
Over 300 articles on people, groups, events, and liturgical items Excellent bibliographical references.

The Complete Book of Orthodoxy.

By George W. Grube. Salisbury, MA: Regina Orthodox Press, 2001.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 230 .C66 2001]
Brief definitions of names and terms.

A Dictionary of Greek Orthodoxy.

By Nicon D. Patrinacos. Pleasantville, NY: Hellenic Heritage Publications, 1984.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 230 .P27 1987]
Articles on Greek Orthodox theology, history, and liturgy, particularly those topics of most importance to contemporary North Americans.

Dictionary of Orthodox Theology: A Summary of the Beliefs, Practices and History of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

By George H. Demetrakopoulos. New York: Philosophical Library, 1964.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 230 .D4 1964]
Brief definitions.

Dictionary of Ethiopian Christianity.

By Paulos Milkias. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010.
[St. Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 140.5 .M55 2010]
Brief definitions of names and terms.

Orthodox Christian Information Center.

Links to Julian-only (i.e. Orthodox traditionalist) websites.

History and Biography

The Eastern Christian Churches: A Brief Survey.

By Ronald Roberson. 7th edition. Rome: Edizioni Orientalia Christiana, 2008.
[Available online for free.]
[Print version: St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 103.2 .R62 1999]
Brief essays on almost sixty different jurisdictions of Eastern Christians (Catholic, Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox). The online version is more up-to-date and includes more information.

The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity.

Edited by Ken Parry. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BX 106.23 .B53 2007]
Chapters on each national tradition within Eastern Christianity, as well as chapters on liturgy, iconography, and hagiography.

Eastern Christianity.

Edited by Michael Angold. The Cambridge History of Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BX 290 .E278 2006]
The standard one-volume history of Eastern Christianity, but with very little coverage of Eastern Catholicism.

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium.

New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. 3 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — DF 521 .O93 1991]
Major survey articles as well as shorter articles on lesser topics covering the Byzantine Empire from the 4th to the 15th centuries.

There are a number of works which include biographical studies of the saints of the Byzantine calendar:


The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church.

Bueno Vista, CA: Holy Apostles Convent, 2002-2008. 13 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BX 393 .M4413 2002]

The Great Collection of the Lives of the Saints.

House Springs, MO: Chrysostom Press, 2000-present. Volumes for September to March already published.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BX 393 .D4613 1994]

Orthodox Saints.

By George Poulos. Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1990. 4 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 393 .P67 1990]

Enciclopedia dei Santi: Le Chiese Orientali.

Rome: Citta Nuova, 1998-1999. 2 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 129 .A1 E53 1998]

Liturgy - Texts

There are a number of liturgical rites used by different Eastern Christians. These include the Armenian, Byzantine, Chaldaean, Coptic, Ethiopian, Maronite, Syrian, Syro-Malabar, and Syro-Malankara rites.


Liturgies Eastern and Western

Edited by F.E. Brightman. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1896.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BV 186 .L58]
English translations of the Armenian, Byzantine, Chaldaean, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Syrian anaphoras.

Byzantine Daily Worship.

Allendale, NJ: Alleluia Press, 1969.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BX 4711.65 .C37 1969]
An English translation of the Byzantine liturgy as used by Melkite Catholics.

The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom: A New Translation by Members of the Faculty of Hellenic College/Holy Ghost Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1985.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BX 375 .E75 A45 1985]
The Greek text, a transliteration of the Greek text, and an English translation. Approved for use in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America.

Liturgy - Secondary Works

The Liturgical Dictionary of Eastern Christianity.

By Peter D. Day. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 106.2 .D38 1993]
Definitions for hundreds of liturgical terms including people, objects, prayers, and places.

The Rites of Eastern Christendom.

By Archdale A. King. Rome: Catholic Book Agency, 1948. 2 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BQT 5006 .K5]
An introduction to each of the eastern rites, with frequent quotations from the liturgical texts.

The Byzantine-Slav Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: Its Origin and Evolution.

By Casimir Kucharek. Allendale, NJ: Alleluia Press, 1971.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BQT 5232 .C5 K8]
The standard history and guide to the Byzantine liturgy as used by Ukrainian and Ruthenian Catholics; this work is the Byzantine equivalent of Jungmann's The Mass of the Roman Rite.

The Eucharistic Liturgies of the Eastern Churches.

By Nikolaus Liesel. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1963.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BQT 5007 .L5 E5]
A step-by-step guide to the eucharistic liturgy as celebrated in each of the Eastern rites, with numerous black and white illustrations displaying almost every aspect of the Divine Liturgy.

Canon Law

Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

Latin - English edition. Washington, DC: Canon Law Society of America, 1992.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 4710.52 .C63 1992]
The official Latin text of the 1990 code with an English translation.

Index Analyticus: Codicis Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium Studiorum.

Edited by Ivan Zuzek. Rome: Pontificium Instittum Orientalium Studiorum, 1992.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 4710.5 .Z98 1992]
A subject index to the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches with almost one thousand entries. While the index is written entirely in Latin, it is possible for students to understand many of the temrs (e.g. "Invaliditas" for invalidty).

Eastern Canon Law Bibliography.

Compiled by Warren B. Soule. Revised edition. Maronite Rite Series. Brooklyn, NY: Saint Maron Publications, 1994.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 4711.5 .S67 1994]
An unannotated list of some 450 books and journal articles arranged by subject according to the canon numbers of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

Offical Documents

Orthodox Visions of Ecumenism.

Compiled by Gennaidos Limouris. Geneva: WCC Publications, 1994.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 324 .O755 1994 ]
Reports and addresses from various Eastern Orthodox hierarchs and commissions about relationships with non-Eastern Orthodox Christians. A similar work which includes a few additional documents is The Orthodox Church in the Ecumenical Movement (St Michael's 3rd Floor — BX 324 .O75).

Towards the Healing of Schism: The Sees of Rome and Constantinople.

Edited by E.J. Stormon. Ecumenical Documents III. Mahwah, NY: Paulist, 1987.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 324.3 .T69 1987]
Public statements and correspondence between the Holy See and the Ecumenical Patriarchate from 1958 to 1984.

Vatican Documents on the Eastern Churches.

Fairfax, VA: Eastern Christian Publications, 2002. 2 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BX 4710.14 .V38 2002]
English translations of encyclicals and other documents issued by the popes from 1755 to 1995.

Journals and Magazines

The titles listed here are specifically on Eastern Christianity; current issues of these journals are available in the John M. Kelly Library. A number of other journals (theological, historical, ecumenical) also include articles on Eastern Christianity.


Canadian Journal of Orthodox Christianity

St. Arseny Orthodox Christian Theological Institute
[Available online.]
Scholarly articles, documents, and book reviews. 3/year. In English.

Diakonia

University of Scranton.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX106.3 .D53]
Scholarly articles, documents, and book reviews. 3/year. In English.

Episkepsis

Centre Orthodoxe du Patriarcat Oecumemique.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX200 .E645]
News items and book reviews. Monthly. In French.

The Greek Orthodox Theological Review

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
Scholarly articles and book reviews (including many books written in Greek). Quarterly. In English.

The Harp

St. Ephrem Ecumentical Research Institute.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX170 .H37]
Scholarly articles, book reviews and news items about Syriac Christianity. Annual. In English.

Irénikon

Monastère bénédictin de Chevetogne.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX1 .I7]
Scholarly articles and many book reviews. Quarterly. In French.

Journal of Early Christian Studies

Johns Hopkins University Press.
[Available online for UofT use.]
[Print version: St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BR66 .J68]
Scholarly articles and book reviews. Quarterly. In English.

Logos

Saint Paul University.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX4711.74 .L6]
Scholarly articles, documents, and book reviews. Quarterly. In English, French, and Russian.

One

Catholic Near East Welfare Association.
[Available online.]
A popular magazine with short articles and many colour photographs. Bimonthly. In English.

Orientalia Christiana Periodica

Pontifical Oriental Institute.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX100 .O74]
Scholarly articles and many book reviews. Quarterly. Multilingual.

Orthodox Tradition

Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX730 .O784]
Scholarly articles, news items, and book reviews. 3/year. In English.

The Orthodox Word

St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX200 .O68]
Spiritual articles in the tradition of Archbishop John Maximovitch.

Orthodoxes Forum

University of Munich.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX100 .O79]
Scholarly articles, documents, and book reviews. Quarterly. In German.

Ostkirchliche Studien

Augustinus-Verlag.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX100 .O765]
Scholarly articles, book reviews, and extensive list of recent publications. Quarterly. In German.

St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly

St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.
[Available online for UofT use: http://www.library.utoronto.ca]
Scholarly articles and book reviews. Quarterly. In English.

SOP: Service Orthodoxe de Presse

[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX200 .S66]
News items and documents. Monthly. In French.

Sobornost

Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX100 .S6]
Scholarly articles and book reviews. Quarterly. In English.

Sourozh: A Journal of Orthodox Life and Thought

Moscow Patriarchate Diocese of Sourozh.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX200 .S68]
Scholarly articles and book reviews. Quarterly. In English.

Stimme der Orthodoxie

Moscow Patriarchate Diocese of Berlin.
[St. Michael's 3rd Floor – BX460 .S77]
Documents. Monthly. In German.

Finding More Resources

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index.

[Available online (1981 - present) for UofT use]
[Print version (1930 - 1980): St Michael's Reference Area — AI 3 .C3]
Over 200,000 bibliographic citations to Catholic books, book reviews, and journal articles from more than 160 Catholic magazines.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials.

[Available online (1949 - present) for UofT use]
Over one million bibliographic citations to journal articles, essays in books, and book reviews in the field of religion.

Both the ATLA Religion Database and the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index include links to many full-text electronic journal articles.


The Eastern Orthodox Church: A Bibliography.

By Timothy Andrews. 2nd edition. Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Theological School, 1957.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BX 320.2 .A53 1957]
Dated, but still useful.

Eastern Christian Ritual: A Bibliography of English Language Sources.

David J. Goa and Anna E. Altmann. Occasional Paper No. 5. Edmonton, AB: Provincial Museum of Alberta, 1988.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor — BX 350 .G58 1988]
An un-annotated list of works, mostly about the liturgy. Includes books as well as journal articles.

A Contemporary Reading and Library Guide for the Orthodox Parish.

Edited by John L. Boojamra. Englewood, NJ: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, 1977. [St Michael's 2nd Floor — Z675 .C5 C6 1977]
A list of books appropriate for a parish library. Dated, but still useful.

Audio-Visual Resources

The Kelly Library owns many DVDs on Eastern Christianity. These are available for a one-week loan period.

The Library also has a small collection of audio CDs of Byzantine liturgical chant.