Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access Subject: Biblical Studies and Early Christianity
General Editors: David G. HUNTER, University of Kentucky, United States, Paul J.J. van GEEST, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity focuses on the history of early Christian texts, authors, ideas. Its content is intended to bridge the gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, covering the whole period of early Christianity up to 600 CE. The BEEC aims to provide a critical review of the methods used in Early Christian Studies and to update the historiography.

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Author(s): Fernández, Samuel
The term “word” is multifaceted. In the patristic field, it designates the word of God and the human word. The divine word indicates both the eternal Son of God (John 1:1) and the holy Scriptures. The human word, in turn, has various aspects; this article tackles three of them: the human word and theology, the relationship between terms and meanings, and the problem of the meaning of names. These topics have been continuously studied throughout the centuries. However, especially from the 19th ce…
Date: 2020-12-17


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Author(s): Langbroek, Erika
Bishop Wulfila was highly important to the Goths of his time, because 1.  in a period of oppression he guided them to a safe area, and; 2.  he translated the Bible in their own language. To modern scholars Wulfila is important because thanks to his translation of the Bible we have the oldest text of extensive length in a Germanic language. The Gothic name of bishop Wulfila, also written as Vulfila, Ulfila, Gulfilas, means “little wolf.” His mother was a descendant from people who were taken captive in Cappadocia by raiding Goths and taken to Dacia. Schola…
Date: 2020-12-17