Brandel Library

Resources for Early Christianity

Finding English Translations

Finding English Translations

Finding English Translations

As mentioned in another tab in this guide, reference books sometimes list (some of) the English translations of early Christian writers, so the bibliographies of reference articles should be consulted.

Library Catalog and ATLA Religion Databases

Searching for early Christian authors in the library catalog or databases can be complicated because some people are known by different names or their names occur in multiple forms:

Augustine, of Hippo, Saint, 354-430 / Aurelius Augustinus, Saint, 354-430

Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 329-379 / Basil, the Great, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 329-379

Gregory of Nazianzus / Gregory Nazianzen;

John of Damascus, Saint / John Damascene, Saint

Polycarp, Saint, Bishop of Smyrna / Polycarpus, Saint, Bishop of Smyrna

Sometimes multiple people share a name or a part of a name, especially before family or surnames became common:

Augustine of Hippo; Augustine of Canterbury

Cyril of Alexandria; Cyril of Jerusalem;

Gregory of Nyssa; Gregory of Nazianzus/Nazianzen;

Popes Gregory I and Gregory VII;

Moreover, the form used in the online Brandel Library catalog and the ATLA Religion Database may differ from each other.

Authorized Forms of Names for Early Christian Writers

Here are the authorized forms of names of some of the principal writers of early Christianity, as used in online catalog and ATLA. These are the forms under which these people are indexed and should be searched:

Athanasius, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria, -373

Basil, Saint, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 329-379

Clement, Pope, I [Clement of Rome]

Clement, of Alexandria, Saint, approximately 150-approximately 215

Cyril, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria, ca. 370-444

Cyril, Saint, Bishop of Jerusalem, ca. 315-386

Ephraem, Syrus, Saint, 303-373

Gregory, of Nazianzus, Saint

Gregory, of Nyssa, Saint, approximately 335-approximately 394 (catalog) / Gregory, Saint. Bp of Nyssa, ca 335-ca 394 (ATLA Religion Database)

Gregory Palamas, Saint, 1296-1359

Irenaeus, Saint, Bishop of Lyon

Jerome, Saint, -419 or 420

John Chrysostom, Saint, -407

John, of Damascus, Saint

Justin, Martyr, Saint

Maximus, Confessor, Saint, approximately 580-662


Polycarp, Saint, Bishop of Smyrna

Pseudo-Dionysius, the Areopagite [not the same as Dionysius, the Areopagite, Saint, active 1st century]

Theodore, Bishop of Mopsuestia, approximately 350-428 or 429

7 Ecumenical Councils

Council of Nicaea (1st : 325 : Nicaea, Turkey) [online catalog] ; Council of Nicaea (1st : 325) [ATLA Religion Database]

Council of Constantinople (1st : 381 : Constantinople) [online catalog]; Council of Constantinople (1st : 381) [ATLA]

Council of Ephesus (431 : Ephesus) [online catalog]; Council of Nicaea (2nd : 787) [ATLA]

Council of Chalcedon (451 : Chalcedon) [online catalog]; Council of Chalcedon (451) [ATLA]

Council of Constantinople (2nd : 553 : Constantinople) [online catalog]; Council of Constantinople (2nd : 553) [ATLA]

Council of Constantinople (3rd : 680-681 : Constantinople) [online catalog]; Council of Constantinople (3rd : 680-681) [ATLA]

Council of Nicaea (2nd : 787 : Nicaea, Turkey) [online catalog]; Council of Nicaea (2nd : 787) [ATLA]