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Patristics / Patrology -- The Early Church Fathers & Their Writings: Reference Books

Grounded in the teachings and passion of Jesus Christ, early Christian theologians studied Jewish thought, Greek philosophy, and Greek and Latin vocabulary in their endeavor to explain complex Christian theological concepts.


Encyclopedias can be quite useful for beginning research about Church History or Catholicism.



Dictionaries are useful for clarifying terms and gaining background knowledge.


The major locations of the early Church fathers were Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and the area of western north Africa around Carthage, Milan and Jerusalem.

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