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Religion - Concordia University Libraries Recent Acquisitions

Titles in the call number range BL - BX (Religion) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.


  • What shall we tell the children?
    BL 48 W75

  • Melanges d'histoire du XVIe siecle : offerts a Henri Meylan
    BR 309 M45

  • A history of Christian thought / by Dr. J.L. Neve ; with contributions by the Reverend O.W. Heick ... on the middle ages and Catholicism
    BT 21 N48

  • The evangelists' calendar : a lectionary explanation of the development of scripture / M.D. Goulder
    BS 2555.2 G63 1978

  • A commentary on James / Robert Johnstone
    BS 2785 J63 1977

  • The yogi and the devotee: the inter play between the Upanishads and Catholic theology
    BR 128 H5S6

  • Das evangelium nach Markus / übersetzt und erklärt von Josef Schmid
    BS 2585.3 S35 1963

  • Searching Paul : conversations with the Jewish apostle to the nations ; collected essays
    BS 2506.3 E47 2019
    Firmly rooted in his ancestral Jewish traditions, Paul interacted with, and was involved in vivid communication primarily with non-Jews, who through Christ were associated with the one God of Israel. In the highly diverse cultural, linguistic, social, and political world of the Roman Empire, Paul's activities are seen as those of a cultural translator embedded in his own social and symbolic world and simultaneously conversant with the diverse, mainly Greek and Roman world, of the non-Jewish nations. In this role he negotiates the Jewish message of the Christ event into the particular everyday life of his addressees. Informed by socio-historical research, cultural studies, and gender studies Kathy Ehrensperger explores in her collection of essays aspects of this process based on the hermeneutical presupposition that the Pauline texts are rooted in the social particularities of everyday life of the people involved in the Christ-movement, and that his theologizing has to be understood from within this context.

  • L'ancienne version latine des Questions sur la Genèse de Philon d'Alexandrie / [éditée] par Françoise Petit
    BR 45 T4 Bd.113-114

  • Zeugnis für die Einheit; geistliche Texte aus den Kirchen der Reformation. Hrsg., eingeleitet und kommentiert von Henry-Evrard Jaeger unter Mitarbeit von Gustaf Aulén [and others]
    BR 45 J3

  • The decline of the Medieval Church
    BR 252 F58 1967

  • Ethiopian Christianity : history, theology, practice / Philip F. Esler
    BR 1370 E846 2019eb
    In Ethiopian Christianity Philip Esler presents a rich and comprehensivehistory of Christianity's flourishing. But Esler is ever careful to situate this growth in the context of Ethiopia's politics and culture. In so doing, he highlights the remarkable uniqueness of Christianity in Ethiopia. Ethiopian Christianity begins with ancient accounts of Christianity's introduction to Ethiopia by St. Frumentius and King Ezana in the early 300s CE. Esler traces how the church and the monarchy closely coexisted, a reality that persisted until the death of Haile Selassie in 1974. This relationship allowed the emperor to consider himself the protector of Orthodox Christianity. The emperor's position, combined with Ethiopia's geographical isolation, fostered a distinct form of Christianityâone that features the inextricable intertwining of the ordinary with the sacred and rejects the two-nature Christology established at the Council of Chalcedon. In addition to his historical narrative, Esler also explores the cultural traditions of Ethiopian Orthodoxy by detailing its intellectual and literary practices, theology, and creativity in art, architecture, and music. He provides profiles of the flourishing Protestant denominations and Roman Catholicism. He also considers current challenges that Ethiopian Christianity facesâespecially Orthodoxy's relations with other religions within the country, in particular Islam and the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. Esler concludes with thoughtful reflections on the long-standing presence of Christianity in Ethiopia and hopeful considerations for its future in the country'srapidly changing politics, ultimately revealing a singular form of faith found nowhere else.

  • Rethinking history, science, and religion : an exploration of conflict and the complexity principle / edited by Bernard Lightman
    BL245

  • Bishops and the politics of patronage in Merovingian Gaul / Gregory I. Halfond
    BX 1905 H35 2019

    Following the dissolution of the Western Roman Empire, local Christian leaders were confronted with the problem of how to conceptualize and administer their regional churches. As Gregory Halfond shows, the bishops of post-Roman Gaul oversaw a transformation in the relationship between church and state. He shows that by constituting themselves as a corporate body, the Gallic episcopate was able to wield significant political influence on local, regional, and kingdom-wide scales.

    Gallo-Frankish bishops were conscious of their corporate membership in an exclusive order, the rights and responsibilities of which were consistently being redefined and subsequently expressed through liturgy, dress, physical space, preaching, and association with cults of sanctity. But as Halfond demonstrates, individual bishops, motivated by the promise of royal patronage to provide various forms of service to the court, often struggled, sometimes unsuccessfully, to balance their competing loyalties. However, even the resulting conflicts between individual bishops did not, he shows, fundamentally undermine the Gallo-Frankish episcopate's corporate identity or integrity. Ultimately, Halfond provides a far more subtle and sophisticated understanding of church-state relations across the early medieval period.


  • Scripture, skepticism, and the character of God : the theology of Henry Mansel / Dane Neufeld
    BL51

  • Emergent religious pluralisms Jan-Jonathan Bock, John Fahy, Samuel Everett, editors
    BL80.3

  • Scripture, Tradition, and Reason in Christian Ethics Normative Dimensions
    BJ1251

  • Sociological perspectives on clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic hierarchy : an exploratory structural analysis of social disorganisation / Vivencio O. Ballano
    BV4392.5

  • Orthodox churches and politics in Southeastern Europe : nationalism, conservativism, and intolerance / Sabrina P. Ramet, editor
    BX342.9.P64

  • Female child soldiering, gender violence, and feminist theologies Susan Willhauck, editor
    BT83.55

  • Death and dying an exercise in comparative philosophy of religion / Timothy D Knepper, Lucy Bregman, Mary Gottschalk, editors
    BL504

  • The theology and ecclesiology of the Prayer Book Crisis, 1906-1928 Dan D. Cruickshank
    BX5145

  • Spirituality, religiousness and health from research to clinical practice / Giancarlo Lucchetti, Mario Fernando Prieto Peres, Rodolfo Furlan Damiano, editors
    BL65.M4

  • Islam and war : a study in comparative ethics / John Kelsay
    BP 190.5 W35K44 1993

    This book explores questions regarding the justice of war and addresses the lack of comparative perspectives on the ethics of war, particularly with respect to Islam. John Kelsay begins with the war in the Persian Gulf, focusing on the role of Islamic symbols in the rhetoric of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. He provides an overview of the Islamic tradition in regards to war and peace, and then focuses on the notion of religion as a just cause for war.


  • Baptists and the Holy Spirit : the contested history with holiness-Pentecostal-charismatic movements / C. Douglas Weaver
    BX 6329 P4W43 2019

    The record is clear that Baptists, historically, have prioritized conversion, Jesus, and God. Equally clear is that Baptists have never known what to do with the Holy Spirit.

    In Baptists and the Holy Spirit , Baptist historian C. Douglas Weaver traces the way Baptists have engaged--and, at times, embraced--the Holiness, Pentecostal, and charismatic movements. Chronicling the interactions between Baptists and these Spirit-filled movements reveals the historical context for the development of Baptists' theology of the Spirit.

    Baptists and the Holy Spirit provides the first in-depth interpretation of Baptist involvement with the Holiness, Pentecostal, and charismatic movements that have found a prominent place in America's religious landscape. Weaver reads these traditions through the nuanced lens of Baptist identity, as well as the frames of gender, race, and class. He shows that, while most Baptists reacted against all three Spirit-focused groups, each movement flourished among a Baptist minority who were attracted by the post-conversion experience of the "baptism of the Holy Spirit." Weaver also explores the overlap between Baptist and Pentecostal efforts to restore and embody the practices and experiences of the New Testament church. The diversity of Baptists--Southern Baptist, American Baptist, African American Baptist--leads to an equally diverse understanding of the Spirit. Even those who strongly opposed charismatic expressions of the Spirit still acknowledged a connection between the Holy Spirit and a holy life.

    If, historically, Baptists were suspicious of Roman Catholics' ecclesial hierarchy, then Baptists were equally wary of free church pneumatology. However, as Weaver shows, Baptist interactions with the Holiness, Pentecostal, and charismatic movements and their vibrant experience with the Spirit were key in shaping Baptist identity and theology.


  • Wondrously wounded : theology, disability, and the body of Christ / Brian Brock
    BL 65 B63B76 2019

    The church welcomes all--or it should.

    The church has long proven itself a safe refuge despite the sad reality that it can be, and has been, unwelcoming toward those perceived as different. This is especially true of the contemporary church's response to those with disabilities--a response often at surprising variance with its historic practices of care. The church once helped shape western morality to cherish these individuals with love and acceptance. It is thus ironic when today's church neglects this care, or practices care with no awareness of the rich theological history out of which such moral sensibilities originally emerged. In Wondrously Wounded , Brian Brock reclaims the church's historic theology of disability and extends it to demonstrate that people with disabilities, like all created in God's image, are servants of God's redemptive work.

    Brock divides his volume into five parts. Part one chronicles how early Christianity valued and cared for those with disabilities, putting into practice Jesus' teachings about divine mercy in decidedly countercultural ways. Part two details how a rise in the fear of disability tempted the church away from these merciful practices as well as its confession of the infinite worth of all God has created. Part three traces how the fear of difference continues to negatively shape contemporary practices in today's schools, churches, and politics. Part four lays the foundations of a vision of Christian life that is resistant to this pervasive fear. Finally, Part five shows how the recognition of all people as part of the body of Christ not only demonstrates the love of Christ but displaces the fear of disability in a manner that invites the church beyond even the most ambitious contemporary hopes for full inclusion.

    Brock interweaves his historical and theological analysis with the narrative of his own disabled son, Adam. These stories vividly bring into view the vulnerability, as well as the power, of the disabled in contemporary society. Ultimately, Brock argues, those with disabilities are conduits of spiritual gifts that the church desperately needs. Wondrously Wounded is an appeal to the church to find itself broken and remade by the presence of Christ on offer in the lives of those society has labeled "disabled."


  • Savior of the world : a theology of the universal gospel / Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliezar
    BS 2615.52 S6575 2019

    The Gospel of John has long been understood as a sectarian text, one that reinforces the social and religious isolation of a Johannine community. Savior of the World: A Theology of the Universal Gospel directly challenges this reading, arguing that John's Jesus does not belong to just one community. John's Jesus came for all and spans the universe.

    In Savior of the World , Carlos Raúl Sosa Siliezar carefully reconsiders the often-overlooked passages and motifs that emphasize Jesus as a figure of universal significance and as universal Savior. John's introduction of Jesus as the Word sets the stage for universal language by identifying Jesus as the rightful owner of all creation. Sosa Siliezar emphasizes that John's Jesus, in his public ministry, offers an all-inclusive love of God to anyone who will receive it. In his private ministry, Jesus bears witness to a nuanced world, tasking his disciples with preaching and expanding the love of Christ to all. Jesus' all-embracing mission is sustained by the Spirit, who models, through the disciples, the reality and promise of the world that is to come.

    Sosa Siliezar shows how John, though deeply indebted to Judaism, crafts a universal Gospel precisely because his Jesus is deeply rooted in the particularity of monotheism. John portrays Jesus, a Jew from Nazareth, as the world's Savior, the one sent by the one God to bring light into a universe of darkness.


  • In Your Eyes I See My Words Homilies and Speeches from Buenos Aires, Volume 1: 1999-2004 / Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis ; edited and with an introduction by Antonio Spadaro ; foreword by Patrick J. Ryan ; translated by Marina A. Herrera ; introduction translated by Elena Buia Rutt and Andrew Rutt
    BX 1756 F677S4713 2019

  • The Disabled Church Human Difference and the Art of Communal Worship / Rebecca F. Spurrier
    BV 15 S68 2020

  • Race in a Godless World Atheism, Race, and Civilization, 1850-1914 / Nathan G. Alexander
    BL 65 R3A44 2019
    Is modern racism a product of secularisation and the decline of Christian universalism? The debate has raged for decades, but up to now, the actual racial views of historical atheists and freethinkers have never been subjected to a systematic analysis. Race in a Godless World sets out to correct the oversight. It centres on Britain and the United States in the second half of the nineteenth century, a time when popular atheist movements were emerging and scepticism about the truth of Christianity was becoming widespread. Covering racial and evolutionary science, imperialism, slavery and racial prejudice in theory and practice, it provides a much-needed account of the complex and sometimes contradictory ideas espoused by the transatlantic community of atheists and freethinkers. It also reflects on the social dimension of irreligiousness, exploring how working-class atheists' experiences of exclusion could make them sympathetic to other marginalised groups.

  • Intercultural church : a biblical vision for an age of migration / Safwat Marzouk
    BR 115 C8M375 2019
    Safwat Marzouk offers a biblical vision for what it means to be an intercultural church, one that fosters just diversity, integrates different cultural articulations of faith and worship, and embodies an alternative to the politics of assimilation and segregation. A church that fosters intercultural identity learns how to embrace and celebrate difference, which in turn enriches its worship and ministry. While the church in North America might see migration as an opportunity to serve God's kingdom by showing hospitality to the migrant and the alien, migration offers the church an opportunity to renew itself by rediscovering the biblical vision of the church as a diverse community. This biblical vision views cultural, linguistic, racial, and ethnic differences as gifts from God that can enrich the church's worship, deepen the sense of fellowship in the church, and broaden the church's witness to God's reconciling mission in the world.Today's church faces the challenge of what it means to be church in the light of the ever-growing diversity of the population. This may entail advocacy work on behalf of the undocumented, asylum seekers, and refugees, but the church also faces the question of how to welcome the stranger, the migrant, and the refugee into the heart of the worshipping community. This may mean changing worship, leadership, or ministry styles to embrace diverse communities in the church's neighborhood. Marzouk surveys numerous biblical texts from the early ancestor stories of Israel to the Prophets, to the Gospels and Acts, the letters of Paul, and Revelation. The stories introduce themes of welcoming strangers, living as aliens, playing host to outsiders, discovering true worship, and seeking common language for expressing faith. Discussion questions are provided to encourage conversation on this complex and important topic.

  • The congregation of Tiron monastic contributions to trade and communication in twelfth-century France and Britain
    BX4087
    Tiron was a reformed Benedictine congregation founded ca. 1109 by Bernard of Abbeville. Though little known to medieval and religious historians, this in-depth study shows how it expanded from obscurity in the forests of the Perche to become an international congregation with headquarters in Chartres and Paris and abbeys and priories in France and the British Isles. The congregation become noted for building, crafts, education, and horse-breeding. Tiron preceded the Cistercians in Britain and traded in rising towns, and by 1147 it had a centrally-controlled network of riverine and coastal properties connecting its production hubs with towns and ports.

  • The Holy Spirit before Christianity / John R. Levison
    BM 612.7 L48 2019

  • Railroading religion : Mormons, tourists, and the corporate spirit of the West / David Walker
    BX 8611 W335 2019eb
    Railroads, tourism, and government bureaucracy combined to create modern religion in the American West, argues David Walker in this innovative study of Mormonism's ascendency in the railroad era. The center of his story is Corinne, Utah--an end-of-the-track, hell-on-wheels railroad town founded by anti-Mormon businessmen. In the disputes over this town's frontier survival, Walker discovers intense efforts by a variety of theological, political, and economic interest groups to challenge or secure Mormonism's standing in the West. Though Corinne's founders hoped to leverage industrial capital to overthrow Mormon theocracy, the town became the site of a very different dream.



    Economic and political victory in the West required the production of knowledge about different religious groups settling in its lands. As ordinary Americans advanced their own theories about Mormondom, they contributed to the rise of religion itself as a category of popular and scholarly imagination. At the same time, new and advantageous railroad-related alliances catalyzed LDS Church officials to build increasingly dynamic religious institutions. Through scrupulous research and wide-ranging theoretical engagement, Walker shows that western railroads did not eradicate or diminish Mormon power. To the contrary, railroad promoters helped establish Mormonism as a normative American religion.


  • From the underground church to freedom / Tomáš Halik ; translated by Gerald Turner
    BX 4705 H137A3 2019

  • The Hussites / Stephen E. Lahey
    BX 4915.3 L34 2019
    The Hussite movement was a historical watershed - popular and scholastic theology combined with a nascent Czech nationalism to produce a full-scale social revolution that presaged the Reformation and the birth of the modern nation state. The Hussites defeated the Empire and the Pope, and their king George Poděbrady advocated a trans-national European state. Hussite theology influenced Martin Luther and the birth of Protestantism. This survey introduces the reader to the events, people, and ideas that define this remarkable movement.

  • Faith and the pursuit of health : cardiometabolic disorders in Samoa / Jessica Hardin
    BV 4460 H29 2019
    Faith and the Pursuit of Health explores how Pentecostal Christians manage chronic illness in ways that sheds light on health disparities and social suffering in Samoa, a place where rates of obesity and related cardiometabolic disorders have reached population-wide levels. Pentecostals grapple with how to maintain the health of their congregants in an environment that fosters cardiometabolic disorders. They find ways to manage these forms of sickness and inequality through their churches and the friendships developed within these institutions. Examining how Pentecostal Christianity provides many Samoans with tools to manage day-to-day issues around health and sickness, Jessica Hardin argues for understanding the synergies between how Christianity and biomedicine practice chronicity.

  • Tender to the world : Jean Vanier, L'Arche, and the United Church of Canada / Carolyn Whitney-Brown ; foreword by Jean Vanier
    BV 4461.3 W55 2019
    "What is the secret that allows L'Arche to exist? I'll tell you: pleasure!" explains Jean Vanier, founder of the international federation of L'Arche communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities share their lives. Vanier's spiritual vision and playful sense of humour shaped L'Arche, but the organization was also informed by its surprising history with the United Church of Canada. In Tender to the World Carolyn Whitney-Brown explores the connections between the two organizations through diverse critical insights from Julia Kristeva, Doreen Massey, and Mikhail Bakhtin, as well as Vanier's controversial articulation of the gift of weakness. Tracing the five-decade relationship between L'Arche and the United Church alongside evolving disability theories, Whitney-Brown examines both the fundamental importance of stories and the agency of people with intellectual disabilities. Inversion - a transformative overturning of expectations in social interactions - can be upsetting or exciting, challenging or inspiring, she argues. This book offers a fresh look at how L'Arche and the United Church have worked to break down walls of difference, illuminating how each tenders something unexpected to the other and to the world. At a time when many are seeking new visions for society, the long and complex relationship between Canada's largest Protestant denomination and L'Arche offers both encouragement and a deeper way to approach questions of living in diverse communities.

  • The culture of dissent in Restoration England : 'the wonders of the Lord' / George Southcombe
    BR 757 S68 2019
    Whilst scholars have recently offered a much deeper and more persuasive account of the centrality of religious issues in shaping the political and cultural worlds of Restoration England, much of this has been broad-brush and the voices of individual established Church figures have been much more clearly heard than those of dissenters. This book offers a fresh and challenging new approach to the voices that the confessional state had no prospect of silencing. It provides case studies of a range of very different but highly articulate dissenters, focusing on their modes of political activism and on the varieties of dissenting response possible, and demonstrating the vitality and integrity of witnesses to a spectrum of post-revolutionary Protestantism. It also seeks, through an exploration of textual culture and poetic texts in particular, to illuminate both the ways in which nonconformists sought to engage with central authorities in Church and State, and the development of nonconformist identities in relation to each other. GEORGE SOUTHCOMBE is Director of the Sarah Lawrence Programme, Wadham College, Oxford.

  • Buddhist apologetics in East Asia : countering the neo-Confucian critiques in the Hufa lun and the Yusŏk chirŭi non / by Uri Kaplan
    BQ 4050 K36 2019
    While the Neo-Confucian critique of Buddhism is fairly well-known, little attention has been given to the Buddhist reactions to this harangue. The fact is, however, that over a dozen apologetic essays have been written by Buddhists in China, Korea, and Japan in response to the Neo-Confucians. Buddhist Apologetics in East Asia offers an introduction to this Buddhist literary genre. It centers on full translations of two dominant apologetic works--the Hufa lun (護法論), written by a Buddhist politician in twelfth-century China, and the Yusŏk chirŭi non (儒釋質疑論), authored by an anonymous monk in fifteenth-century Korea. Put together, these two texts demonstrate the wide variety of polemical strategies and the cross-national intertextuality of East Asian Buddhist apologetics.

  • Inuit, Oblate missionaries, and Grey Nuns in the Keewatin, 1865-1965 / Frédéric B. Laugrand and Jarich G. Oosten
    BV 2300 O2L38 2019
    Over the century between the first Oblate mission to the Canadian central Arctic in 1867 and the radical shifts brought about by Vatican II, the region was the site of complex interactions between Inuit, Oblate missionaries, and Grey Nuns ? interactions that have not yet received the attention they deserve. Enriching archival sources with oral testimony, Frédéric Laugrand and Jarich Oosten provide an in-depth analysis of conversion, medical care, education, and vocation in the Keewatin region of the Northwest Territories. They show that while Christianity was adopted by the Inuit and major transformations occurred, the Oblates and the Grey Nuns did not eradicate the old traditions or assimilate the Inuit, who were caught up in a process they could not yet fully understand. The study begins with the first contact Inuit had with Christianity in the Keewatin region and ends in the mid-1960s, when an Inuk woman joined the Grey Nuns and two Inuit brothers became Oblate missionaries. Bringing together many different voices, perspectives, and experiences, and emphasizing the value of multivocality in understanding this complex period of Inuit history, Inuit, Oblate Missionaries, and Grey Nuns in the Keewatin, 1865?1965 highlights the subtle nuances of a long and complex interaction, showing how salvation and suffering were intertwined.

  • Gender in the rhetoric of Jesus : women in Q / Sara Parks
    BT 303.2 P367 2019
    Examining the hypothetical earliest layer of Jesus' sayings known as Q, Sara Parks argues that Jesus deliberately crafted parabolic teachings regarding the basileia of God to appeal to both male and female adherents. For a century after Q, vestiges of gender-paired teachings popped up in multiple independent texts related to Jesus, from Mark to Paul to the Synoptics and John--making it more likely that this inclusion of women originated with Jesus himself. In Gender and the Rhetoric of Jesus, Parks engages the divided scholarship on the meaning of gendered pairs for an evaluation of the gender politics of Q, arguing that even though Q's peculiar rhetoric of gender equality was an innovation, it was also a product of its time, as evidenced in other contemporaneous texts which struggled with ambiguous equalities, from Philo to Musonius Rufus to Joseph and Aseneth. In addition, she shows that Jesus' rhetoric of gender, as remembered in Q constitutes some of the earliest evidence for the study of first-century Jewish women, and women in Christian origins.

  • Buddhism in global perspective / editors, Kalpakam Sankarnarayan, Ichijo Ogawa, Ravindra Panth
    BQ 100 I554 2002

  • Pulpit, press, and politics : Methodists and the market for books in Upper Canada / Scott McLaren
    BX 8385 M4M35 2019

    When American Methodist preachers first arrived in Upper Canada in the 1790s, they brought with them more than a contagious religious faith. They also brought saddlebags stuffed with books published by the New York Methodist Book Concern - North America's first denominational publisher - to sell along their preaching circuits. Pulpit, Press, and Politics traces the expansion of this remarkable transnational market from its earliest days to the mid-nineteenth century, a period of intense religious struggle in Upper Canada marked by fiery revivals, political betrayals, and bitter church schisms.

    The Methodist Book Concern occupied a central place in all this conflict as it powerfully shaped and subverted the religious and political identities of Canadian Methodists, particularly in the wake of the American Revolution. The Concern bankrolled the bulk of Canadian Methodist preaching and missionary activities, enabled and constrained evangelistic efforts among the colony's Native groups, and clouded Methodist dealings with the British Wesleyans and other religious competitors north of the border. Even more importantly, as Methodists went on to assume a preeminent place in Upper Canada's religious, cultural, and educational life, their ongoing reliance on the Methodist Book Concern played a crucial role in opening the way for the lasting acceptance and widespread use of American books and periodicals across the region.


  • Bible and poetry in late antique Mesopotamia : Ephrem's Hymns on faith / Jeffrey Wickes
    BR 65 E636 W53 2019
    Ephrem the Syrian was one of the founding voices in Syriac literature. While he wrote in a variety of genres, the bulk of his work took the form of madrashe , a Syriac genre of musical poetry or hymns. In Bible and Poetry in Late Antique Mesopotamia, Jeffrey Wickes offers a thoroughly contextualized study of Ephrem's magnum opus, the Hymns on Faith , delivered in response to the theological controversies that followed the First Council of Nicaea. The ensuing doctrinal divisions had tremendous impact on the course of Christianity and led in part to the development of a uniquely Syriac Church, in which Ephrem would become a central figure. Drawing on literary, ritual, and performance theories, Bible and Poetry shows how Ephrem used the Syriac Bible to construct and conceive of himself and his audience. In so doing, Wickes resituates Ephrem in a broader early Christian context and contributes to discussions of literature and religion in late antiquity.

  • Christian-Muslim encounters / edited by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and Wadi Zaidan Haddad
    BP 172 C434 1995
    A collection of essays that examines the ways in which Muslims and Christians worldwide have encountered one another over 1400 years, and how they are engaged today, enlightening current interpolitical, intersocial, and intereconomic relationships.

  • Creating church online : ritual, community and new media / Tim Hutchings
    BV 655 H88 2017

    Online churches are internet-based Christian communities, pursuing worship, discussion, friendship, support, proselytization, and other key religious goals through computer-mediated communication. Hundreds of thousands of people are now involved with online congregations, generating new kinds of ritual, leadership, and community and new networks of global influence.

    Creating Church Online constructs a rich ethnographic account of the diverse cultures of online churches, from virtual worlds to video streams. This book also outlines the history of online churchgoing, from its origins in the 1980s to the present day, and traces the major themes of academic and Christian debate around this topic. Applying some of the leading current theories in the study of religion, media and culture to this data, Tim Hutchings proposes a new model of religious design in contexts of mediatization, and draws attention to digital networks, transformative third spaces and terrains of existential vulnerability. Creating Church Online advances our understanding of the significance and impact of digital media in the religious and social lives of its users, in search of new theoretical frameworks for digital religion.¿


  • Formations of belief : historical approaches to religion and the secular / edited by Philip Nord, Katja Guenther, and Max Weiss
    BL 48 F589 2019

    For decades, scholars and public intellectuals have been predicting the demise of religion in the face of secularization. Yet religion is undergoing an unprecedented resurgence in modern life--and secularization no longer appears so inevitable. Formations of Belief brings together many of today's leading historians to shed critical light on secularism's origins, its present crisis, and whether it is as antithetical to religion as it is so often made out to be.

    Formations of Belief offers a more nuanced understanding of the origins of secularist thought, demonstrating how Reformed Christianity and the Enlightenment were not the sole vessels of a worldview based on rationalism and individual autonomy. Taking readers from late antiquity to the contemporary era, the contributors show how secularism itself can be a form of belief and yet how its crisis today has been brought on by its apparent incapacity to satisfy people's spiritual needs. They explore the rise of the humanistic study of religion in Europe, Jewish messianism, atheism and last rites in the Soviet Union, the cult of the saints in colonial Mexico, religious minorities and Islamic identity in Pakistan, the neuroscience of religion, and more.

    Based on the Shelby Cullom Davis Center Seminars at Princeton University, this incisive book features illuminating essays by Peter Brown, Yaacob Dweck, Peter E. Gordon, Anthony Grafton, Brad S. Gregory, Stefania Pastore, Caterina Pizzigoni, Victoria Smolkin, Max Weiss, and Muhammad Qasim Zaman.


  • And in our hearts take up thy rest : the trinitarian pneumatology of Frederick Crowe, SJ / Michael Eades of the Oratory
    BT 121.3 E23 2019

    In his seminary classes and his writings, Frederick Crowe, SJ (1915-2012) sought to understand anew the eternal identity of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit's role in the Church's life. Despite Crowe's fame as a professor of Trinitarian theology and his groundbreaking work on Thomas Aquinas's doctrine of complacent love as an analogy for the Holy Spirit's eternal procession, no book has ever been published on this influential Canadian Jesuit, who established centres around the world dedicated to stuyding the theological writings of Bernard Lonergan, SJ (1904-84). Drawing on Crowe's published works and archival materials, Eades emphasizes how Crowe's Trinitarian pneumatology creatively extended Lonergan's theology of the Holy Spirit. Making use of Crowe's own historical methodology, Eades looks for the emergence of new and significant questions about the Holy Spirit in Crowe's works.


  • Bodies on the verge : queering Pauline Epistles / edited by Joseph A. Marchal
    BS 2655 S49B63 2019

    The various contributors to this collection question and expand the meaning and boundaries, not only of what counts as queer work in biblical studies, but also of what constitutes the Pauline, especially given its curious afterlives in philosophy, literature, art, and history. Essays provide important explorations of gender, sexuality, and embodiment as well as their intersections with, in, and as dynamics of empire and economy, race and ethnicity, religion and nationality, animality and disability.


  • Qui es-tu mon fils? : la vie prophétique de Jacob et Rachel, Gn 25-35 / Albert-Marie Crignon
    BS 413 L4 v.274

  • La purità e il cuore dell'uomo : indagini lessicali e percorsi teologici attorno a katharos / a cura di Marco Settembrini
    BS 2545 P95 P87 2019
    Percorrendo diversi corpora della letteratura ebraico-cristiana, si approfondiscono testi in cui risalta l'uso dell'aggettivo katharos e dei termini corradicali. La Bibbia greca e così approfondita sia nel suo contesto storico-culturale sia nella sua recezione presso le comunita di lingua greca, con speciale attenzione al suo insegnamento concernente la purita. Ci si interroga sui sensi propri e metaforici della purificazione, sulle modalita in cui essa si attua, sul coinvolgimento del corpo, della ragione, del culto nonche delle persone con cui si vive. Dopo un sondaggio nella letteratura profana, con speciale attenzione ai testi medici, si attraversano i Settanta, gli scritti di Filone Alessandrino, Giuseppe Flavio, il Nuovo Testamento, i Padri apostolici, l'opera A Diogneto, alcuni grandi teologi del II-V secolo della vitalissima Alessandria d'Egitto e infine il monaco Massimo il Confessore, del VI-VII secolo, di origine palestinese, appassionato interprete delle Scritture e saggio custode degli insegnamenti di Evagrio e dei Cappadoci.

  • Technology : between apocalypse and integration / edited by Linda Hogan, Michelle Becka, João Vila-Chã
    BR 115 T42T44 2019

  • Trauma and the failure of history : Kings, Lamentations, and the destruction of Jerusalem / David Janzen
    BS 1335.52 J36 2019

    David Janzen blends history theory and trauma theory to apply them to the books of Kings and Lamentations. Janzen argues that Kings tells a story that explains the horrific events of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem, but Lamentations reflects the perspective of trauma survivors and rejects any explanatory narrative refusing to let the trauma be part of a past. Interpreters of the Bible and historians of ancient Israel should take this trauma into account, even though it can never be a part of the biblical histories they write.


  • What are biblical values? : what the Bible says on key ethical issues / John J. Collins
    BS 680 E84C655 2019
    An illuminating exploration of the Bible and many of our most contentious contemporary issues

    Many people today claim that their positions on various issues are grounded in biblical values, and they use scriptural passages to support their claims. But the Bible was written over the course of several hundred years and contains contradictory positions on many issues. The Bible seldom provides simple answers; it more often shows the complexity of moral problems. Can we really speak of "biblical values"?

    In this eye-opening book, one of the world's leading biblical scholars argues that when we read the Bible with care, we are often surprised by what we find. Examining what the Bible actually says on a number of key themes, John Collins covers a vast array of topics, including the right to life, gender, the role of women, the environment, slavery and liberation, violence and zeal, and social justice. With clarity and authority, he invites us to dramatically reimagine the basis for biblical ethics in the world today.

  • Dissident Rabbi : the life of Jacob Sasportas / Yaacob Dweck
    BM 755 S247D843 2019

    A revelatory account of a spiritual leader who dared to assert the value of rabbinic doubt in the face of messianic certainty

    In 1665, Sabbetai Zevi, a self-proclaimed Messiah with a mass following throughout the Ottoman Empire and Europe, announced that the redemption of the world was at hand. As Jews everywhere rejected the traditional laws of Judaism in favor of new norms established by Sabbetai Zevi, and abandoned reason for the ecstasy of messianic enthusiasm, one man watched in horror. Dissident Rabbi tells the story of Jacob Sasportas, the Sephardic rabbi who alone challenged Sabbetai Zevi's improbable claims and warned his fellow Jews that their Messiah was not the answer to their prayers.

    Yaacob Dweck's absorbing and richly detailed biography brings to life the tumultuous century in which Sasportas lived, an age torn apart by war, migration, and famine. He describes the messianic frenzy that gripped the Jewish Diaspora, and Sasportas's attempts to make sense of a world that Sabbetai Zevi claimed was ending. As Jews danced in the streets, Sasportas compiled The Fading Flower of the Zevi , a meticulous and eloquent record of Sabbatianism as it happened. In 1666, barely a year after Sabbetai Zevi heralded the redemption, the Messiah converted to Islam at the behest of the Ottoman sultan, and Sasportas's book slipped into obscurity.

    Dissident Rabbi is the revelatory account of a spiritual leader who dared to articulate the value of rabbinic doubt in the face of messianic certainty, and a revealing examination of how his life and legacy were rediscovered and appropriated by later generations of Jewish thinkers.


  • The Song of Songs : a biography / Ilana Pardes
    BS 1485.52 P37 2019

    An essential history of the greatest love poem ever written

    The Song of Songs has been embraced for centuries as the ultimate song of love. But the kind of love readers have found in this ancient poem is strikingly varied. Ilana Pardes invites us to explore the dramatic shift from readings of the Song as a poem on divine love to celebrations of its exuberant account of human love. With a refreshingly nuanced approach, she reveals how allegorical and literal interpretations are inextricably intertwined in the Song's tumultuous life. The body in all its aspects--pleasure and pain, even erotic fervor--is key to many allegorical commentaries. And although the literal, sensual Song thrives in modernity, allegory has not disappeared. New modes of allegory have emerged in modern settings, from the literary and the scholarly to the communal.

    Offering rare insights into the story of this remarkable poem, Pardes traces a diverse line of passionate readers. She looks at Jewish and Christian interpreters of late antiquity who were engaged in disputes over the Song's allegorical meaning, at medieval Hebrew poets who introduced it into the opulent world of courtly banquets, and at kabbalists who used it as a springboard to the celestial spheres. She shows how feminist critics have marveled at the Song's egalitarian representation of courtship, and how it became a song of America for Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Toni Morrison. Throughout these explorations of the Song's reception, Pardes highlights the unparalleled beauty of its audacious language of love.


  • Job : a new translation / Edward L. Greenstein
    BS 1413 G74 2019
    This revelatory new translation of Job by one of the world's leading biblical scholars will reshape the way we read this canonical text

    The book of Job has often been called the greatest poem ever written. The book, in Edward Greenstein's characterization, is "a Wunderkind, a genius emerging out of the confluence of two literary streams" which "dazzles like Shakespeare with unrivaled vocabulary and a penchant for linguistic innovation." Despite the text's literary prestige and cultural prominence, no English translation has come close to conveying the proper sense of the original. The book has consequently been misunderstood in innumerable details and in its main themes.

    Edward Greenstein's new translation of Job is the culmination of decades of intensive research and painstaking philological and literary analysis, offering a major reinterpretation of this canonical text. Through his beautifully rendered translation and insightful introduction and commentary, Greenstein presents a new perspective: Job, he shows, was defiant of God until the end. The book is more about speaking truth to power than the problem of unjust suffering.

  • Faces of Muhammad : Western perceptions of the prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to today / John V. Tolan
    BP 75.3 T65 2019

    Heretic and impostor or reformer and statesman? The contradictory Western visions of Muhammad

    In European culture, Muhammad has been vilified as a heretic, an impostor, and a pagan idol. But these aren't the only images of the Prophet of Islam that emerge from Western history. Commentators have also portrayed Muhammad as a visionary reformer and an inspirational leader, statesman, and lawgiver. In Faces of Muhammad , John Tolan provides a comprehensive history of these changing, complex, and contradictory visions. Starting from the earliest calls to the faithful to join the Crusades against the "Saracens," he traces the evolution of Western conceptions of Muhammad through the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and up to the present day.

    Faces of Muhammad reveals a lengthy tradition of positive portrayals of Muhammad that many will find surprising. To Reformation polemicists, the spread of Islam attested to the corruption of the established Church, and prompted them to depict Muhammad as a champion of reform. In revolutionary England, writers on both sides of the conflict drew parallels between Muhammad and Oliver Cromwell, asking whether the prophet was a rebel against legitimate authority or the bringer of a new and just order. Voltaire first saw Muhammad as an archetypal religious fanatic but later claimed him as an enemy of superstition. To Napoleon, he was simply a role model: a brilliant general, orator, and leader.

    The book shows that Muhammad wears so many faces in the West because he has always acted as a mirror for its writers, their portrayals revealing more about their own concerns than the historical realities of the founder of Islam.


  • American Judaism : a history / Jonathan D. Sarna
    BM 205 S26 2019
    Jonathan D. Sarna's award-winning American Judaism is now available in an updated and revised edition that summarizes recent scholarship and takes into account important historical, cultural, and political developments in American Judaism over the past fifteen years.

    Praise for the first edition:

    "Sarna . . . has written the first systematic, comprehensive, and coherent history of Judaism in America; one so well executed, it is likely to set the standard for the next fifty years."--Jacob Neusner, Jerusalem Post
    "A masterful overview."--Jeffrey S. Gurock, American Historical Review
    "This book is destined to be the new classic of American Jewish history."--Norman H. Finkelstein, Jewish Book World

    Winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award/Jewish Book of the Year

  • Churches, mission and development in the post-colonial era : Christian engagements between holistic and modernist schemes of improvement / Heinzpeter Znoj, Sabine Zurschmitten (eds.)
    BX 1795 S87C58 2019
    Wie kommt es, dass die katholischen und protestantischen Kirchen, welche schon in den 1960er Jahren eine nachhaltige Entwicklung in den Landern des Sudens gefordert hatten, heute vorwiegend die technokratischen Entwicklungsplane der dortigen Regierungen unterstutzen? Der vorliegende Sonderband ergrundet anhand von theologischen, historischen und ethnographischen Studien dieses scheinbare Paradox. Sie geben Einblicke in die theologischen Grundlagen der kirchlichen Entwicklungspolitik und zeigen auf, wie auf deren Grundlage die Resolutionen des zweiten Vaticanums und des Weltkirchenrats Ende der 1960er Jahre Alternativen zur modernistischen, neokolonialen Entwicklung forderten. Mehrere Beitrage zu Indonesien heben die Spannungen zwischen den entwicklungspolitischen Uberzeugungen einzelner kirchlicher Akteure und den staatlich eng kontrollierten Kirchen hervor. Vor diesem Hintergrund wird deutlich, wie sehr das weltliche Engagement der Kirchen von realpolitischen Zwangen gepragt wird. Mit Beitragen von Heinzpeter Znoj, Sabine Zurschmitten, Cyprianus Jehan Paju Dale, Claudia Hoffmann, Noemi Rui, Barbara Miller, Maria Hughes

  • Superhero ethics : 10 comic book heroes, 10 ways to save the world : which one do we need the most now? / Travis Smith
    BL 325 H46S65 2018
    Whether in comic books or on movie screens, superhero stories are where many people first encounter questions about how they should conduct their lives.
    Although these outlandish figures--in their capes, masks, and tights, with their unbelievable origins and preternatural powers--are often dismissed as juvenile amusements, they really are profound metaphors for different approaches to shaping one's character and facing the challenges of life.
    But, given the choice, which superhero should we follow today? Who is most worthy of our admiration? Whose goals are most noble? Whose ethics should we strive to emulate?
    To decide, Travis Smith takes ten top superheroes and pits them one against another, chapter by chapter. The hero who better exemplifies how we ought to live advances to the final round. By the end of the book, a single superhero emerges victorious and is crowned most exemplary for our times.
    How, then, shall we live? How can we overcome our beastly nature and preserve our humanity? ( The Hulk vs. Wolverine ) How far can we rely on our willpower and imagination to improve the human condition? ( Iron Man vs. Green Lantern ) What limits must we observe when protecting our neighborhood from crime and corruption? ( Batman vs. Spider-Man ) Will the pursuit of an active life or a contemplative life bring us true fulfillment? ( Captain America vs. Mr. Fantastic ) Should we put our faith in proven tradition or in modern progress to achieve a harmonious society? ( Thor vs. Superman ) Using superheroes to bring into focus these timeless themes of the human condition, Smith takes us on an adventure as fantastic as any you'll find on a splash page or the silver screen--an intellectual adventure filled with surprising insights, unexpected twists and turns, and a daring climax you'll be thinking about long after it's over.

  • ̲Salaat : the Islamic prayer from A to Z / Mamdouh N. Mohamed
    BP 184.3 M64 2005
    It is perhaps the most uniquely designed book, which presents the Islamic prayer in full details. It introduces the 5 daily prayers in a step-by-step approach. These prayers are the true sources of Islamic Spirituality. In addition, it illustrates all other prayers. People of other faiths and cultures find it beneficial to learn about Islamic Culture in depth and in a very presentable format. The full colored book includes 85 illustrations, 25 tables and charts, 35 golden spiritual tips, 40 supplications, 175 common errors, 150 questions and answers, and a comprehensive glossary. www.islamfromatoz.com

  • Strasbourg and the English Reformation : Alsatian contributions to the formation of the Church of England / edited by Jean-Jacques Chardin, Gerald Hobbs and Rémi Vuillemin
    BX 5056 S77 2018

  • Dialogue of scriptures : the Tatar Tefsir in the context of Biblical and Qurʼanic interpretations / Joanna Kulwicka-Kamińska
    BP 131.15 P6K85 2018

    This book focuses on Muslim-Christian cultural relations across a number of centuries. As for the methodology, the book represents an intersection of religious studies, linguistics and translations studies. The bases of research are a Tatar tefsir and 19th- and 20th-century printed translations of the Qur'an into Polish. In the period of the Reformation, the Tatar adherents of Sunni Islam conducted the dialogue with Christianity. They translated the Qur'an into Polish already in the second half of the 16th century. They used the Arabic alphabet to record the translation and conferred the form of a tefsir to it. Who were the Tatar translators? Did they break the ban on the translation of the Holy Book of Islam? What sources did they use? How did they translate the Muslim religious terminology? Why is their translation of the Qur'an not familiar to researchers? These are only a few questions which are explored in this work.


  • Scriptores Hiberniae minores / edidit Robertus E. McNally
    BR 60 C49 v.108, etc
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