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Religion Past and Present

Encyclopedia of Theology and Religion

Edited by Hans Dieter Betz, Don S. Browning, Bernd Janowski and Eberhard Jüngel

This is beyond doubt the definitive encyclopedia of religion worldwide. Brill's Religion Past and Present (RPP) presents the peerless Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (RGG) in a complete, updated English translation of the 4th German edition. Taking the latest research developments into account, Religion Past and Present encompasses a vast range of religion-connected subjects. Now at last available in English, this great resource, carrying on the tradition of depth and authority relied upon by generations of scholars in religious, theological, and biblical studies, is indisputably among the small class of essential reference works.

Key Features

Standard reference work in the field since the publication of its first edition in 1908

• Strongly international, cross-cultural and ecumenical: over 3,000 authors from 88 countries

• Covers an unparalleled breadth of subject matter in theological (not only Christian) and biblical studies

Up-to-date research findings and bibliographies make it an indispensable resource for all levels of users

Interdisciplinary: articles cover a wide range of topics from history, archaeology, liturgy, law, bible, music, visual arts, politics, social sciences, natural sciences, ethics, and philosophy

• 4th edition includes hundreds of new entries on Eastern and other world religions

• Short definitions and cross-references make for quick and easy searching

Over 15,000 entries: 8 million words

In 11 volumes plus index

• Completion scheduled for 2011


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