The preliminary exposition or branch of learning which sets forth in basic concept the gen. order and contents of theol. science. An early Luth. work on the order of a theol. encyclopedia was A. Calov's 1673 Encyclopaedias disciplinarum realium ideae. Best-known works were those of the Ref. theol. K. R. Hagenbach* and of the Luth. J. C. K. v. Hofmann.* See also Methodology, Theological.
R. F. Weidner, Theological Encyclop(a)edia and Methodology, 2d ed., 2 vols. (Chicago, 18981910); R. Pieper, Wegweiser durch die Theologischen Disciplinen und deren Litteratur (Milwaukee, 1900); G. R. Crooks and J. F. Hurst, Theological Encyclopaedia and Methodology, in Library of Biblical and Theological Literature, ed. G. R. Crooks and J. F. Hurst, III (New York, 1884); A. Kuyper, Encyclopedia of Sacred Theology: Its Principles, tr. J. H. de Vries (New York, 1898).
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