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Research Guide to Patristics

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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 July 2012.

Handbooks

Patrology

Patrology.

By Johannes Quasten. Westminster, MD: Newman, 1951-1986. 4 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 67 .Q37]
This guide to patristic studies consists of essays on each of the Fathers. It is arranged in chronological order. Each essay includes a brief life of the particular Father and an examination of his theological thought as presented in his major writings. The bibliographies list the most important editions, translations, and critical studies of each Father's works. This is the appropriate tool to use when trying to locate an English translation of a patristic work.

Dictionary of Early Christian Literature

Dictionary of Early Christian Literature.

Edited by Siegmar Döpp and Wilhelm Geerlings. New York: Crossroad, 2000.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 66.5 .L4813 2000]
Alphabetically-arranged essays on each of the Fathers, including a number of lesser-known authors. The bibliographies listing the most important editions, translations, and critical studies of each Father's works are significantly more up-to-date than Quasten.

Fathers of the Church

The Fathers of the Church: A Comprehensive Introduction.

By Hubertus R. Drobner. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 67 .D7613 2007]
A chronological guide to the writings of the Fathers. The bibliographies often list editions, translations, and critical studies not included in the earlier volumes of Quasten.

Westminster Handbook to Patristic Theology

The Westminster Handbook to Patristic Theology.

By John Anthony McGuckin. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 162.3 .M38 2004]
Concise articles on each of the Fathers, as well as particular theological topics.

Clavis Patrum Graecorum

Clavis Patrum Graecorum.

Edited by Maurice Geerard. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 1983. 5 volumes + supplement.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 66.5 .C53]

Clavis Patrum Latinorum

Clavis Patrum Latinorum.

Edited by Eligius Dekkers and Aemilius Gaar. 3rd edition. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 1995.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 66.5 .D44 1995
Each of the claves lists the most important critical editions of patristic works. In the case of some patristic works they also list important translations and critical and textual works.

Major Collections (Original Language)

Patrologiae cursus completus

Patrologiae cursus completus

Paris: Migne, 1844-1880.
Series graeca: PIMS 4th Floor - BQ 310 .M34, 161 volumes
Series latina: St Michael's 3rd Floor - BR 60 .M4 1844, 221 volumes
Electronic version of Series latina available online for UofT use.

In spite of the fact that the two series published by Jacques-Paul Migne are over a century old, they remain the most comprehensive collections of patristic texts. Greek works are accompanied by Latin translations. Unfortunately the texts which Migne collected and reprinted were not always the best available; there are also numerous typographical errors.

Library of Latin Texts

Library of Latin Texts.

[Available online for UofT use]
The largest database of writings in Latin including all of the fathers as well as many medieval and even Counter-Reformation theologians. Series A is texts published by Brepols in Corpus Christianorum: Series latina (St Michael's 3rd Floor - BQ 310 .C6) and Continuatio medievalis; Series B is texts published by other publishers.

Corpus Christianorum, Series graeca

Corpus Christianorum: Series graeca.

Turnholt: Brepols, 1977-present.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BQ 310 .C68]
Corpus Christianorum is designed to supplant Migne's Patrologia with new critical texts, as well as to make available works not found in Migne. Presently this series only includes a small percentage of the texts available in Migne; but these texts are far superior in quality and include a critical apparatus.

Sources chretiennes

Sources chrétiennes.

Paris: Cerf, 1942-present.
[PIMS (each volume catalogued separately)]
Original language versions with a French translation. Each volume is classified separately; check the online catalog to find a particular author and work.

Major Collections (English Translations)

Each of these sets provides English language translations of a selection of patristic texts. None of them provides the comprehensive coverage of Migne's Patrologia. Use the bibliographies in Quasten's Patrology to find out if a particular patristic work has been translated in one of these sets.


Ancient Christian Writers

Ancient Christian Writers: The Works of the Fathers in Translation.

Paulist, 1946-present. 61 volumes and growing.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - each volume catalogued separately]

Fathers of the Church

The Fathers of the Church : A New Translation.

Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1947-present. 84 volumes and growing.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - each volume catalogued separately]

Ante-Nicene Fathers

The Ante-Nicene Fathers : Translations of the Writings of the Fathers down to A.D. 325.

Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1994. 10 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 60 .A62 1994]

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers

A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church.

Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1994. First Series, 14 volumes; Second Series, 14 volumes.
First Series, [St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 60 .S4 1994]
Second Series, [St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 60 .S42 1994]

Church Fathers in English

Church Fathers in English.

[Available online for free.]
Searchable versions of the texts found in The Ante-Nicene Fathers and both series of A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church.

Subject Selections
Faith of  Catholics

The Faith of Catholics: Confirmed by Scripture and Attested by the Fathers of the First Five Centuries of the Church.

Edited by Joseph Berington and John Kirk. New York: Pustet, 1910. 3 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BQT 507 .B4]
Passages from Scripture and the Fathers arranged by subject. Within each subject section patristic texts are arranged in chronolog-ical order, enabling one to see the development of Catholic doctrine.

Faith of the Early Fathers

The Faith of the Early Fathers.

Edited by William A. Jurgens. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1970. 3 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 63 .F3 1970b]
A chronologically-arranged collection of the most important patristic passages needed for theological study. Jurgens provides a brief introduction to each Father and to each patristic work for which he gives excerpts. He gives a date for each work and lists the best Greek or Latin editions. Volume three includes a classified index of subjects.

Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs

A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs.

Edited by David W. Bercot. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1998.
[St. Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area BR 66.5 .D53 1998]
Paragraph-length excerpts of patristic writings arranged according to 700 different theological, moral, and historical subjects. Only includes Ante-Nicene Fathers (i.e. Fathers who lived before the First Nicene Council of 325 A.D.).

Aurifodina universalis

Aurifodina universalis divinarum atque humanarum ex fontibus aureis sanctorum patrum.

Edited by Robert de Cambrai. Paris: Vives, 1868. 4 volumes.
[Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies 4th Floor - BQT 184 .R6]
Sentence-length excerpts from patristic and classical writings arranged by subject. In Latin.

Message of the Fathers of the Church

Message of the Fathers of the Church.

Wilmington, DE: Glazier; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1983 - 1992.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BR 63 .M47 v. 1-11, 13-22]
Lengthy excerpts from patristic writings. Each volume is on a particular topic (e.g. Church, sacraments, social thought).

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.

Edited by Thomas C. Oden and Christopher A. Hall. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 1998.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - each volume catalogued separately]
English translations of patristic biblical commentaries from the second to the eighth century.

Indexes
Biblia Patristica

Biblia Patristica: index des citations et allusions bibliques dans la littirature patristique.

Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1975-present. 7 volumes + supplement.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 66.5 .U53 1975]
An index to all the occasions when a Father quotes a particular verse of Sacred Scripture.

Index Patristicus

Index Patristicus, sive Clavis Patrum Apostolicorum Operum.

Edited by Edgar J. Goodspeed. Naperville, IL: Allenson, 1960.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 67 .G6 1960]
A selective word index to the Apostolic Fathers.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church.

3rd edition by F.L. Cross. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
[Available online for UofT use]
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 95 .O8 1997]
Brief identifications of people, movements, organizations, and doctrines in Church history. Short scholarly bibli-ographies which emphasize primary sources.

Encyclopedia of the Early Church

Encyclopedia of the Early Church.

Edited by Angelo Di Berardino. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. 2 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 66.5 .D5813 1992]
The most scholarly English-language dictionary of Christian antiquity with twice as many articles and a broader coverage than Ferguson's Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (below). The entries, ranging from one or two paragraphs to five or six pages in length, include substantial bibliographies of sources and major secondary works in English as well as in other Western European languages.

Encyclopedia of Early Christianity

Encyclopedia of Early Christianity.

2nd edition by Everett Ferguson. New York: Garland, 1997. 2 volumes.
[Available online for UofT use]
[Print version: St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 162.2 .E53 1997]
A slightly more readable dictionary of Christian antiquity than Angelo Di Berardino's Encyclopedia of the Early Church (see above). Specialists in patristics and early Christian history will find it useful for concise, accurate summaries, ready access to facts, and basic bibliographies.

Dictionary of Early Christian Literature

Dictionary of Early Christian Literature.

Edited by Siegmar Döpp and Wilhem Geerlings. New York: Crossroad, 2000.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 66.5 .L4813 2000]
Articles are mostly about individuals (many not found in other dictionaries), but also include specific works and genres of literature. Thorough bibliographies of editions and secondary works in the major Western European languages.

New Catholic Encyclopedia

New Catholic Encyclopedia.

2nd edition. Washington, DC: Gale, 2002. 15 volumes.
[Available online for UofT use.]
[Print version: St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 841 .N44 2002]
The major English-language encyclopedia on Catholic topics. It contains some 17,000 articles, each with a bibliography emphasizing the primary sources. Use this work to get an overview of a subject and to see how it can be divided into narrower topics for a paper.

Catholic Encyclopedia

The Catholic Encyclopedia.

New York: Encyclopedia Press, 1905-1922. 16 volumes + 2 supplements.
[Available online for free.]
[Print version: St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 841 .C25 1907]
For over fifty years this work was the chief source of information on the Catholic Church in English-speaking countries. Owing to its length (it has almost twice as many words as the New Catholic Encyclopedia) and its emphasis on historical articles, it is still useful. In some articles the writers adopt an apologetic, even polemical, approach.

Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Geographie Ecclesiastiques

Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie Ecclésiastiques.

Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1912-present. 26 volumes (in progress).
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 95 .D52 1912]
The most comprehensive reference work in Church history; mostly brief articles (with bibliographies) on terms, persons, places, events, and movements. Complete only to the letter "K".

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.

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi: An Encyclopedia of the Eucharist.

Wilmington, DE: Glazier, 1988.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 2215.2 .O28 1988]

Ecclesia

Ecclesia: A Theological Encyclopedia of the Church.

Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1996.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 841 .O36 1996]

Theotokos

Theotokos: A Theological Encyclopedia of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Wilmington, DE: Glazier, 1982.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BT 599 .O25 1983]

Trinitas

Trinitas: A Theological Encyclopedia of the Holy Trinity.

Wilmington, DE: Glazier, 1987.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BT 111.2 .O24 1987]

Veni Creator Spiritus

Veni Creator Spiritus: A Theological Encyclopedia of the Holy Spirit.

Wilmington, DE: Glazier, 1990.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BT 121.2 .O335 1990

Verbum Caro

Verbum caro: A Theological Encyclopedia on Jesus, the Christ.

Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BT 199 .O23 1992]
The subject-specific theological encyclopedias published by Glazier and Liturgical each include articles about the thought of particular Fathers (e.g. Saint John Chrysostom on the Trinity).

Augustine Through the Ages

Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia.

Edited by Allan D. Fitzgerald. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - B 655 .Z69 A84 1999]
Five hundred articles covering every area of Augustine studies.

Finding Journal Articles
Bibliographia Patristica

Bibliographia Patristica : Internationale Patristische Bibliographie.

Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 1956-present.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 66.5 .B5]
The major annual index to books and articles about the Fathers as well as related historical or theological topics. For material on the writings of particular Fathers, look in the section enti-tled "Auctores" (Authors).

Bibliographical Information Base in Patristics

Bibliographical Information Base in Patristics.

[Available online for free.]
Almost 30,000 bibliographic citations to articles from over 325 journals. At present the database can only be searched in French.

CPLI

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. A much larger number of articles on historical topics will be found in the older volumes of the print version.

ATLA Religion Database

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.

Bibliographies
Church History

Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods.

By James E. Bradley and Richard A. Muller. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1995.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 138 .B69 1995]

The Early Church

The Early Church: An Annotated Bibliography of Literature in English.

By Thomas A. Robinson. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1993.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BR 162.2 .R63 1993]

Patristic Sources for Homilies
Journey with the Fathers

Journey with the Fathers: Commentaries on the Sunday Gospels.

Edited by Edith Barnecut. Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 1992-1993. 3 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 2178 .J68 1992]
For each Sunday gospel of the three-year Roman lectionary, this work presents a two-page excerpt from a patristic homily.

Christ Our Light

Christ Our Light: Patristic Readings on Gospel Themes.

Riverdale, MD: Exordium Books, 1981-1985. 2 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 2170 .C55 C43 1981]
Excerpts from one or two patristic homilies on the gospel for each Sunday of the three-year Roman lectionary.

Catena Aurea

Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels Collected out of the Works of the Fathers.

By Thomas Aquinas. Albany, NY: Preserving Christian Publications, 1993. 7 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BS 2555 .A2 T513 1993]
Saint Thomas' "Golden Chain" is a collection of patristic passages on the verses of the gospels arranged in verse order.

Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers

The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers.

Chicago: Regnery, 1958. 4 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BS 2555 .T57]
For each Sunday of the old Roman lectionary (pre-1969), between three and six patristic sermons are presented.