Citing Reference Works 11: Cambridge History of Christianity

As noted in earlier posts, the Cambridge Ancient History (CAH) and Cambridge History of Judaism (CHJ) are somewhat similar to handbooks and companions but different enough to merit their own posts. This post applies the same principles to their sister series, the Cambridge History of Christianity (CHC). Specifically, SBL Press treats CHC as it does CAH and CHJ: as a series consisting of individually titled volumes; the principles for citing CAH and CHJ should be applied equally to CHC.


  1. As with other collections of essays written by various individuals, the citation should identify the author and the title of the chapter (essay).
  2. Each essay should be located within the individually titled volume in which it appears, not merely as a part of CHC.
  3. As with other edited collections, the editors and series should be given after the title of the chapter, followed by the publisher information (city: publisher, year) for that specific volume.
  4. The page(s) being cited appear last of all; the volume is not included here, since it is identified in conjunction with the series information.
  5. CHC should be included in an abbreviations list as standing for: Cambridge History of Christianity. Note that the series is set roman.

The examples below illustrate how these principles apply to chapters in several volumes frequently cited in our field. A short-title citation (for an additional article from the same volume) is offered after each full reference.

22. Joel Marcus, “Jewish Christianity,” in Origins to Constantine, ed. Margaret M. Mitchell and Frances M. Young, CHC 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 87–102.

23. Sean Freyne, “Galilee and Judaea in the First Century,” in Mitchell and Young, Origins to Constantine, 37–52.


23. Raymond Van Dam, “Bishops and Society,” in Constantine to c. 600, ed. Augustine Casiday and Frederick W. Norris, CHC 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 343–66.

24. Winrich Löhr, “Western Christanities,” in Casiday and Norris, Constantine to c. 600, 9–51.

The Cambridge University Press website (here) lists the following volumes as part of the series.

Mitchell, Margaret M., and Francis M. Young, eds. Origins to Constantine. CHC 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Casiday, Augustine, and Frederick W. Norris, eds. Constantine to c. 600. CHC 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Noble, Thomas F. X., and Julia M. H. Smith, eds. Early Medieval Christianities c. 600–c. 1100. CHC 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Rubin, Miri, and Walter Simons, eds. Christianity in Western Europe c. 1100–c. 1500. CHC 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Angold, Michael. Eastern Christianity. CHC 5. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Hsia, R. Po-chia, ed. Reform and Expansion 1500–1660. CHC 6. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Brown, Stewart J., and Timothy Tackett, eds. Enlightenment, Reawakening and Revolution 1660–1815. CHC 7. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Gilley, Sheridan, and Brian Stanley, eds. World Christianities c. 1815–c. 1914. CHC 8. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

McLeod, Hugh. World Christianities c. 1914–c. 2000. CHC 9. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

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