connecting a number of related fields of study including Judaism, ancient history and philosophy, The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (BEEC) focuses on the history of early Christianity, covering texts, authors, and ideas. The BEEC aims both to provide a critical review of the methods used in Early Christian Studies and also to update the history of scholarship.
The BEEC addresses a range of traditions, including iconographic, martyrological, ecclesiastical, and Christological traditions, as well as cultic phenomena, such as the veneration of saints. The history of the transmission of texts and the attention to recent scholarship will play an important role. The BEEC focuses on early Christianity from a historical perspective in order to uncover the lasting legacy of the authors and texts until the present day. Its content is intended to bridge the gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, connecting a number of related fields of study including Judaism, ancient history and philosophy, covering the whole period of early Christianity up to 600 CE.
Currently over 700 articles are available. The encyclopedia will consist of about 1300 articles. Every year about 300 articles will be added until planned completion in 2022. Once the online version is completed the encyclopedia will become available in print in 6 volumes.
David G. Hunter, Boston College, United States
Paul J.J. van Geest, Tilburg University / Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, KUn Leuven, Belgium
Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Angelo di Berardino, Augustinianum, Italy
Juliette Day, University of Helsinki, Finland
Maria Doerfler, Yale University, United States
David Eastman, Ohio Wesleyan University, United States
Robin M. Jensen, University of Notre Dame, United States
Robert Kitchen, Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy, Sweden
Rebecca Krawiec, Canisius College, Buffalo, New York, United States
Jacob Abraham Latham, University of Tennessee, United States
Outi Lehtipuu, University of Helsinki, Finland
Christoph Markschies, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Bronwen Neil, Macquarie University, Australia
Karin Berber Neutel, University of Oslo, Norway
Geert van Oyen, University of Louvain, Belgium
Karla Pollmann, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Joshua Schwartz, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Kristina Sessa, Ohio State University, United States
Tarmo Toom, John Leland Center for Theological Studies & Georgetown University, United States
"The entries in BEEC online provide a depth and detail that is not found in other similar products. Users have access to lengthy entries that provide more than a simple, cursory overview of the topic. The inclusion of a historiography subsection to their entries offers another unique per-spective that is not normally found in other products covering similar time periods. Composite score: 4.25" - Denise Gehring, Azusa Pacific University, in: Choice, April 2020 [www.choice360.org/products/ccadvisor]