This dictionary is a unique, rapid reference to those men and women of all denominations who have, over the last two millennia, contributed to the life, history, and study of Christianity in all its facets or in whose lives Christianity has been a significant factor. The entries are concise and accessible, although for key figures longer essays have been written. Its coverage ranges from major figures of the immediate post-New Testament era to those recently deceased. The dictionary offers a global perspective, with in-depth coverage of Africa, India, and China as well as Orthodoxy -- Greek and Russian. This reference will prove essential for general readers interested in Church history and the study of the Christian faith; in libraries; and as a study aid for students, researchers, and scholars.