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


  • Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde, représentées par des figures dessinées de la main de Bernard Picart: avec une explication historique, & quelques dissertations curieuses
    BL 75 C4

  • The Open Brethren : A Christian Sect in the Modern World / Peter Herriot
    BX7020

  • The Church of England in the first decade of the 21st century : findings from the Church Times surveys / Andrew Village
    BX 5055.3 V55 2018eb

  • Catholocism engaging other faiths : Vatican II and its impact / Vladimir Latinovic, Gerard Mannion, Jason Welle, editors
    BX 1784 C43 2018eb

  • Animal Ethics and the Nonconformist Conscience / Philip J. Sampson
    BT747

  • Spirit-filled world : religious dis/continuity in African Pentecostalism / Allan Heaton Anderson
    BR1644.5.A35

  • Charismatic Christianity in Finland, Norway, and Sweden : Case Studies in Historical and Contemporary Developments / edited by Jessica Moberg, Jane Skjoldli
    BR1640

  • Consilience, Truth and the Mind of God : Science, Philosophy and Theology in the Search for Ultimate Meaning / Richard J. Di Rocco ; with Contributions by Arthur J. Kyriazis and Edgar E. Coons
    BL240.3

  • Spirit of the arts : towards a pneumatological aesthetics of renewal / Steven Félix-Jäger
    BR 115 A8 F455 2017eb

  • The making of Islamic heritage : Muslim pasts and heritage presents / Trinidad Rico, editor
    BP 60 M276 2017eb
    This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
    Offering key insights into critical debates on the construction, management and destruction of heritage in Muslim contexts, this volume considers how Islamic heritages are constructed through texts and practices which award heritage value. It examines how the monolithic representation of Islamic heritage (as a singular construct) can be enriched by the true diversity of Islamic heritages and how endangerment and vulnerability in this type of heritage construct can be re-conceptualized. Assessing these questions through an interdisciplinary lens including heritage studies, anthropology, history, conservation, religious studies and archaeology, this pivot covers global and local examples including heritage case studies from Indonesia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Jordan, and Pakistan.

  • The following of Christ : the spiritual diary of Gerard Groote (1340-1384), founder of the Brethren and sisters of the common life / translated into English from original Netherlandish texts, as edited by James van Ginneken, by Joseph Malaise
    BV 4821 A1 1937

  • Ausgewählte Werke. Ergänzungsreihe, hrsg. von H.H. Borcherdt und Georg Merz
    BR 330 A2 Suppl.

  • Exploring the New Testament
    BS 2535.3 E96 2011
    Especially suited for introductory courses that focus on Jesus and the Gospels or the Gospels and Acts, Exploring the New Testament, Volume One introduces students toJewish and Greco-Roman backgroundliterary genres and formsdebated issues such as authorship, date and settingcontent and major themes of each bookconventional as well as new approaches to the study of the Gospels and Actsthe latest scholarship in the quest for the historical Jesusthe intersection of New Testament criticism with contemporary faith and cultureThis revised edition features updated text and bibliographies, and incorporates new material gleaned from the experience of classroom use.

  • Is That Poop on My Arm? : Parenting While Christian / Justin Lind-Ayres
    BV4529 .L565 2018
    God meets us, and our kids, in the mess. Parenting is messy business. Joyful, but messy. When faith is combined with parenting, we double down on the mess. Pastor and father of three Justin Lind-Ayres chronicles his adventures (and misadventures) raising children and passing on his faith to them--teaching them to be compassionate, generous, quick to forgive, and to trust in God's promises. But this father is sure to point out that it is children who are our best teachers in faith, opening our eyes and our hearts to Gods love for us. In the messy and challenging moments of parenting, and in the joyful ones, God is fully present. And a God who knows your story--especially the messy parts--is a God who can redeem you.With stories full of humor, honesty, and, yes, even some poop, this book is a welcome encouragement for parents, grandparents, and anyone who cares deeply for the children in their life.

  • Political Orthodoxies : The Unorthodoxies of the Church Coerced / Cyril Hovorun
    BX342.9.P64 H687 2018
    Dispatches on nationalism and religionAs an insider to church politics and a scholar of contemporary Orthodoxy, Cyril Hovorun outlines forms of political orthodoxy in Orthodox churches, past and present.Hovorun draws a big picture of religion being politicized and even weaponized. While Political Orthodoxies assesses phenomena such as nationalism and anti-Semitism, both widely associated with Eastern Christianity, Hovorun focuses on the theological underpinnings of the culture wars waged in eastern and southern Europe. The issues in these wars include monarchy and democracy, Orientalism and Occidentalism, canonical territory, and autocephaly. Wrought with peril, Orthodox culture wars have proven to turn toward bloody conflict, such as in Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014.Accordingly, this book explains the aggressive behavior of Russia toward its neighbors and the West from a religious standpoint. The spiritual revival of Orthodoxy after the collapse of Communism made the Orthodox church in Russia, among other things, an influential political protagonist, which in some cases goes ahead of the Kremlin. Following his identification and analysis, Hovorun suggests ways to bring political Orthodoxy back to the apostolic and patristic track.

  • Moving Beyond the Impasse : Reorienting Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations / S. Wesley Ariarajah
    BX8.3 .A753 2018
    Interfaith dialogue in a plural world. This volume is based on the belief that both the ecumenical and interfaith movements are looking for new orientations for their future. The forces of globalization, communications revolution, and massive population movements challenge some of the theological assumptions and presuppositions on which they were built. The entry of deep and divisive religious sentiments into the public space and the rise of militant forms of religious expression call on the interfaith movement to move beyond traditional forms of dialogue; the challenge is to enter into a deeper engagement on the purpose and role of religious traditions in society. The impasse facing these movements can only be overcome by new orientations as they look to the future. This volume is not specifically on this problem. However, the collection of essays included in this volume, although first given as lectures or written as articles, traces past developments, identifies the challenges these movements face today, and suggests fresh theological moves to regain the initiatives to bring human communities closer together.

  • Liberating Youth from Adolescence / Jeremy Paul Myers
    BV4447 .M945 2018
    Liberating youth through theological reflection on vocationJeremy Paul Myers, a seasoned expert in youth and family ministry, calls the church to challenge the dominant societal view of adolescents as "underdeveloped consumers" who can only contribute creatively when they mature into adulthood. Myers argues that young people are innately creative creatures called by God to love and serve right now. We need to see young people as the called cocreators (with God) that they are.Using current studies, Myers shows how marketing and consumer science target young people with the hope of making them find their identity in buying and using things. This strong cultural emphasis underserves young people and even at times defines their lives as mere commodities.Myers tells the stories of a number of young people whose lives buck the consumer paradigm and myth of the underdeveloped young person in order to live as the called cocreators God has created them to be.Each chapter provides a set of ideas that congregations can use to take a closer look at how young people in their midst are or could be invited to be creative contributors to the life of the congregation. Questions for discussion are also provided to encourage discussion and facilitate action.

  • The Commentators' Bible: Genesis The Rubin JPS Miqra'ot Gedolot / edited, translated, and annotated by Michael Carasik
    BS1235.53 C373 2018
    The biblical commentaries known as Miqra'ot Gedolot have inspired and educated generations of Hebrew readers. With the publication of this edition--the final volume of the acclaimed JPS English edition of Miqra'ot Gedolot -- the voices of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Nachmanides, Rashbam, Abarbanel, Kimhi, and other medieval Bible commentators come alive once more, speaking in a contemporary English translation annotated for lay readers.

    Each page in The Commentators' Bible: Genesis: The Rubin JPS Miqra'ot Gedolot contains several verses from the book of Genesis, surrounded by both the 1917 and the 1985 JPS translations and by new contemporary English translations of the major commentators. The book also includes a glossary of terms, a list of names used in the text, notes on source texts, a special topics list, and resources for further study. This large-format volume is beautifully designed for easy navigation among the many elements on each page, including explanatory notes and selected additional comments from the works of Bekhor Shor, Sforno, Gersonides, and Hizkuni, among others.

  • A Catechism for Family Life : Insights from Church Teaching on Love, Marriage, Sex, and Parenting / edited by Sarah Bartel and John S. Grabowski
    BX2351 .C276 2018

  • The Fullness of Divine Worship : The Sacred Liturgy and its Renewal / edited by Uwe Michael Lang
    BX1970 .F85 2018

  • Introduction to the Hebrew Bible : Third Edition / John J. Collins
    BS1140.3 .C65 2018
    John J. Collins's Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is one of the most reliable and widely adopted critical textbooks at undergraduate and graduate levels alike, and for good reason. Enriched by decades of classroom teaching, it is aimed explicitly at motivated students, regardless of their previous exposure to the Bible or faith commitments. The approach is ecumenical, in the sense that it seeks not to impose any particular theological perspective but to provide information and raise questions that should be relevant to any student.Collins proceeds through the canon of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, judiciously presenting the current state of historical, archaeological, and literary understanding of the biblical text, and engaging the student in questions of significance and interpretation for the contemporary world.The third edition is presented in a new and engaging format with new maps and images. An index has been added to the volume for the first time.

  • A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible : Third Edition / John J. Collins
    BS1140.3 .C653 2018
    John J. Collins's A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is one of the most popular introductory textbooks in colleges and seminary classrooms. Enriched by decades of classroom teaching, it is aimed explicitly at motivated students, regardless of their previous exposure to the Bible or faith commitments. This more compact version of Collins's renowned Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is combined with even more student-friendly features, including charts, maps, photographs, chapter summaries, and bibliographies for further reading.Collins proceeds through the canon of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, judiciously presenting the current state of historical, archaeological, and literary understanding of the biblical text, and engaging the student in questions of significance and interpretation for the contemporary world.The third edition is presented in a new and engaging format with new maps and images. An index has been added to the volume for the first time.

  • The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 : The Jewish Community and Beyond
    BM504.2 .S3314 2018
    How can I lead others with authority and kindness? How can I strengthen my self-control? How can I balance work and family? How can I get along with difficult coworkers? How can I best relate to people in need?

    Enter the Talmudic study house with innovative teacher Rabbi Amy Scheinerman and continue the Jewish values-based conversations that began two thousand years ago. The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 shows how the ancient Jewish texts of Talmud can facilitate modern relationship building--with family members, colleagues, strangers, the broader Jewish community, and ourselves.

    Scheinerman devotes each chapter to a different Talmud text exploring relationships--and many of the selections are fresh, largely unknown passages. Overcoming the roadblocks of language and style that can keep even the curious from diving into Talmud, she walks readers through the logic of each passage, offering full textual translations and expanding on these richly complex conversations, so that each of us can weigh multiple perspectives and draw our own conclusions. Scheinerman provides grounding in why the selected passage matters, its historical background, a gripping narrative of the rabbis' evolving commentary, insightful anecdotes and questions for thought and discussion, and a cogent synopsis.

    Through this firsthand encounter with the core text of Judaism, readers of all levels--Jews and non-Jews, newcomers and veterans, students and teachers, individuals and chevruta partners and families alike--will discover the treasure of the oral Torah.

  • The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 1 : God, Self, and Family
    BM504.2 .S3314 2018
    How can I tame my ego? How might I control my anger? How might I experience the spirituality of sexual intimacy? How can I bestow appropriate honor on a difficult parent? How might I accept my own suffering and the suffering of those whom I love?

    Enter the Talmudic study house with innovative teacher Rabbi Amy Scheinerman and continue the Jewish values-based conversations that began two thousand years ago. The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 1 shows how the ancient Jewish texts of Talmud can facilitate modern relationship-building--with parents, children, spouses, family members, friends, and ourselves.

    Scheinerman devotes each chapter to a different Talmud text exploring relationships--and many of the selections are fresh, largely unknown passages. Overcoming the roadblocks of language and style that can keep even the curious from diving into Talmud, she walks readers through the logic of each passage, offering full textual translations and expanding on these richly complex conversations, so that each of us can weigh multiple perspectives and draw our own conclusions. Scheinerman provides grounding in why the selected passage matters, its historical background, a gripping narrative of the rabbis' evolving commentary, insightful anecdotes and questions for thought and discussion, and a cogent synopsis.

    Through this firsthand encounter with the core text of Judaism, readers of all levels--Jews and non-Jews, newcomers and veterans, students and teachers, individuals and chevruta partners and families alike--will discover the treasure of the oral Torah.

  • Óscar Romero's Theological Vision : Liberation and the Transfiguration of the Poor / Edgardo Antonio Colón-Emeric
    BX4705.R669 C65 2018

  • Decolonizing Mormonism : Approaching a Postcolonial Zion / edited by Gina Colvin and Joanna Brooks
    BX8611 .D43 2018

  • Summa (Quaestiones ordinariae) art. LX-LXII ediderunt Gordon A. Wilson, Girard J. Etzkorn, Bernd Goehring ; adiuvante Linda N. Etzkorn
    BX890 .H477 1979eb v.33

  • Atlas of World Religions / by Tim Dowley ; cartographer Nick Rowland FRGS
    BL80.3 .D683 2018
    Understanding the where of the world's religious traditions is an important component of understanding the what. Now, as part of a brand-new series of atlas resources, Fortress Press is pleased to offer an affordable, compact yet comprehensive atlas of world religions.Atlas of World Religions is newly built from the ground up. Featuring more than fifty new maps, graphics, and timelines, the atlas is an immensely helpful companion to any study of world religions. Concise, helpful text written by acknowledged authorities guides the experience and interprets the visuals.Consciously written for students at any level, the volume is perfect for independent students, as well as those in structured courses.The atlas provides ample and equal coverage of all of the world's major religious traditions, as well as generous coverage of regional or indigenous traditions in specific regions of the world.The atlas is grounded in a helpful section on the earliest humans and the spread of the first organized religions, and it culminates in up-to-date maps of religion in the world today.

  • The Elder Testament : Canon, Theology, Trinity / Christopher R. Seitz
    BS1130 .S45 2018eb

  • The Guide to Gethsemane : Anxiety, Suffering, Death / Emmanuel Falque ; translated by George Hughes
    BT825 .F22613 2019

  • In the Image of Origen : Eros, Virtue, and Constraint in the Early Christian Academy / David Satran
    BV1465 .S23 2018
    The most prominent Christian theologian and exegete of the third century, Origen was also an influential teacher. In the famed Thanksgiving Address , one of his students--traditionally thought to be Gregory Thaumaturgus, later bishop of Cappadocia--delivered an emotionally charged account of his tutelage under Origen in Roman Palestine. Although it is one of the few personal narratives by a Christian author to have survived from the period, the Address is more often cited than read closely. But as David Satran demonstrates, this short work has much to teach us today. At its center stands the question of moral formation, anchored by the image of Origen himself, and Satran's careful analysis of the text sheds new light on higher education in the early church as well as the intimate relationship between master and disciple.

  • The Seer and the City : Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece / Margaret Foster
    BL795.P57 F67 2017
    Seers featured prominently in ancient Greek culture, but they rarely appear in archaic and classical colonial discourse. Margaret Foster exposes the ideological motivations behind this discrepancy and reveals how colonial discourse privileged the city's founder and his dependence on Delphi, the colonial oracle par excellence, at the expense of the independent seer. Investigating a sequence of literary texts, Foster explores the tactics the Greeks devised both to leverage and suppress the extraordinary cultural capital of seers. The first cultural history of the seer, The Seer and the City illuminates the contests between religious and political powers in archaic and classical Greece.

  • Said the Prophet of God : Hadith Commentary across a Millennium / Joel Blecher
    BP136.8 .B54 2017
    Although scholars have long studied how Muslims authenticated and transmitted Muhammad's sayings and practices (hadith), the story of how they interpreted and reinterpreted the meanings of hadith over the past millennium has yet to be told. Joel Blecher takes up this charge, illuminating the rich social and intellectual history of hadith commentary at three critical moments and locales: classical Andalusia, medieval Egypt, and modern India. Weaving together tales of public debates, high court rivalries, and colonial politics with analyses of ethnographic field notes and fine-grained arguments adorning the margins of manuscripts, Said the Prophet of God offers new avenues for the study of religion, history, anthropology, and law.


  • olam he-zeh v'olam ha-ba : This World and the World to Come in Jewish Belief and Practice / edited by Leonard Greenspoon
    BM635 .O43 2017
    Dining on Leviathan. Discoursing with Socrates. Debating the nature of existence in the afterlife. These are among the topics authors address in this wide-ranging account of how Jews have conceptualized the world to come and structured their lives in this world accordingly. Some authorities portrayed the afterlife as an endless round of feasting and drinking of chazerie that would put the fanciest Las Vegas buffets to shame. There were visionaries who mapped out otherworldly climes populated by monstrous creatures. Others, decidedly more staid, saw the world to come as a location where neither food nor wine would be consumed; instead, it would offer the opportunity to bring moral certitude to questionable practices that could not be eradicated in this world. More down to earth are comparisons between Rabbi Akiva and Socrates, and analyses of influential thinkers like Moses Mendelssohn and Emmanuel Levinas. And more practical are discussions of how concepts of the afterlife serve to determine mourning practices, or more broadly, how humans should fashion their lives in the here and now. The chronological range of these chapters also is impressive. The earliest documents discussed are from Apocryphal literature, including apocalypses, that were composed from 400 BCE to 200 CE. There are creative analyses of rabbinic material and documents from the medieval period through the twentieth century. Evolving ritual and liturgical practices bring readers up to the early twenty-first century. Each of the thirteen authors whose works are brought together in this volume shows historical, cultural, and religious sensitivity both to the unique features of these differing manifestations and to the elements that unite them. For the readers of this volume, which is equally rewarding for general audiences and for specialists, the result is a carefully nuanced, creatively balanced exploration of the breadth of Jewish thought and practice concerning some of the most profound and perplexing issues humans face.

  • Columban : His Rule and His Movement / translated and introduced by Terrence Kardong, OSB
    BR1720.C624 A25 2017

  • Redemption and Restoration : A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justice / edited by Trudy D. Conway, David Matzko McCarthy, and Vicki Schieber
    BR115.J8 R43 2017

  • The Honey of Souls : Cassiodorus and the Interpretation of the Psalms / Derek A. Olson
    BS1429.C373 O47 2017

  • The Old English Rule of Saint Benedict : with Related Old English Texts / Saint Aethelwold of Winchester ; translated and introduced by Jacob Riyeff
    BX3004 .E6 2017b

  • Finding Jesus among Muslims : How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic / Jordan Denari Duffner
    BV2625 .D84 2017eb

  • Only the Gospel is Revolutionary : The Church in the Reform of Pope Francis / Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga ; a conversation with Antonio Carriero ; translated by Demetrio S. Yocum
    BX1746 .R63 2018eb

  • Courage and Conviction : Unpretentious Christianity / Anthony J. Gittins
    BS2545.C48 G575 2018

  • Spirituality: An Art of Living : A Monk's Alphabet of Spiritual Practices / Benoît Standaert ; translated from the Dutch by Rudolf V. Van Puymbroeck
    BV4501.3 .S72813 2018

  • Evolving Humanity and Biblical Wisdom : Reading Scripture through the Lens of Teilhard de Chardin / Marie Noonan Sabin
    BS511.3 .S225 2018

  • From the Tools of Good Works to the Heart of Humility : A Commentary on Chapters 4-7 of Benedict's Rule / Aquinata Böckmann, OSB ; translated by Marianne Burkhard, OSB, and Andrea Westkamp, OSB ; edited by Marianne Burkhard, OSB
    BX3004.Z5 B63 2017eb

  • The Herald of God's Loving Kindness: Book 4 Gertrud the Great of Helfta ; translated and introduced by Alexandra Barratt
    BX2179.G472 L4413 2018

  • A Theology of the Presence and Absence of God / Anthony J. Godzieba
    BT103 .G6426 2018

  • Everyday Life at La Trappe under Armand-Jean de Rancé / David N. Bell
    BX2615.A2355 F4513 2018

  • Liturgy and Secularism : Beyond the Divide / Joris Geldhof
    BV178 .G45 2018

  • Renouncing Violence : Practice from the Monastic Tradition / Mary Margaret Funk, OSB
    BT736.15 .F86 2018

  • Stumbling in Holiness : Sin and Sanctity in the Church / by Brian P. Flanagan
    BX2350.5 .F63 2018eb

  • Lost Legacy : The Mormon Office of Presiding Patriarch / Irene M. Bates and E. Gary Smith
    BX8643.P36 B37 2017

  • Christianity in India : Conversion, Community Development, and Religious Freedom / editors, Rebecca Samuel Shah, Joel Carpenter
    BR1155 .C575 2018
    Christianity has been present in India since at least the third century, but the faith remains a small minority. Even so, Christianity is growing rapidly in parts of the subcontinent, and has made an impact far beyond its numbers. Yet Indian Christianity remains highly controversial, and it has suffered growing discrimination and violence. This book shows how Christian converts and communities continue to make contributions to Indian society, even amid social pressure and violent persecution. In a time of controversy in India about the legitimacy of conversion and the value of religious diversity, Christianity in India addresses the complex issues of faith, identity, caste, and culture. It documents the outsized role of Christians in promoting human rights, providing education and healthcare, fighting injustice and exploitation, and stimulating economic uplift for the poor. Readers will come away surprised and sobered to learn how these active initiatives often invite persecution today. The essays draw on intimate and personal encounters with Christians in India, past and present, and address the challenges of religious freedom in contemporary India.

  • The Glory of the Crucified One : Christology and Theology in the Gospel of John / Jörg Frey ; translated by Wayne Coppins and Christoph Heilig
    BS2615.52 .F74213 2018

  • The Art of Christian Reflection / Heidi J. Hornik
    BR115.A8 H67 2018

  • The Letter of Jude and the Second Letter of Peter : A Theological Commentary / Jörg Frey ; translated by Kathleen Ess
    BS2815.53 .F7413 2018

  • Confronting Religious Violence : A Counternarrative / Jonathan Sacks
    BL65.V55 S24 2015

  • Black Bride of Christ : Chicaba, an African Nun in Eighteenth-Century Spain / Don Juan Carlos Pan y Agua ; Sue E. Houchins and Baltasar Fra-Molinero
    BX4705.T457 P3613 2016

  • John the Baptist in History and Theology / Joel Marcus
    BS2456 .M37 2018eb
    While the Christian tradition has subordinated John the Baptist to Jesus of Nazareth, John himself would likely have disagreed with that ranking. In this eye-opening new book, John the Baptist in History and Theology, Joel Marcus makes a powerful case that John saw himself, not Jesus, as the proclaimer and initiator of the kingdom of God and his own ministry as the center of God's saving action in history.Although the Fourth Gospel has the Baptist saying, "He must increase, but I must decrease," Marcus contends that this and other biblical and extrabiblical evidence reveal a continuing competition between the two men that early Christians sought to muffle. Like Jesus, John was an apocalyptic prophet who looked forward to the imminent end of the world and the establishment of God's rule on earth. Originally a member of the Dead Sea Sect, an apocalyptic community within Judaism, John broke with the group over his growing conviction that he himself was Elijah, the end-time prophet who would inaugurate God's kingdom on earth. Through his ministry of baptism, he ushered all who came to him--Jews and non-Jews alike--into this dawning new age. Jesus began his career as a follower of the Baptist, but, like other successor figures in religious history, he parted ways from his predecessor as he became convinced of his own centrality in God's purposes. Meanwhile John's mass following and apocalyptic message became political threats to Herod Antipas, who had John executed to abort any revolutionary movement.Based on close critical-historical readings of early texts--including the accounts of John in the Gospels and in Josephus's Antiquities--as well as parallels from later religious movements, John the Baptist in History and Theology situates the Baptist within Second Temple Judaism and compares him to other apocalyptic thinkers from ancient and modern times. It concludes with thoughtful reflections on how its revisionist interpretations might be incorporated into the Christian faith.

  • The Profession of Widowhood : Widows, Pastoral Care, and Medieval Models of Holiness / Katherine Clark Walter
    BV4528 .W35 2018

  • William Desmond and Contemporary Theology / edited by Christopher Ben Simpson and Brendan Thomas Sammon
    BT40 .W535 2017

  • Discovering Second Temple Literature : The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism / Malka Z. Simkovich
    BM176 .S516 2018
    Exploring the world of the Second Temple period (539 BCE-70 CE), in particular the vastly diverse stories, commentaries, and other documents written by Jews during the last three centuries of this period, Malka Z. Simkovich takes us to Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch, to the Jewish sectarians and the Roman-Jewish historian Josephus, to the Cairo genizah , and to the ancient caves that kept the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls. As she recounts Jewish history during this vibrant, formative era, Simkovich analyzes some of the period's most important works for both familiar and possible meanings.

    This volume interweaves past and present in four parts. Part 1 tells modern stories of discovery of Second Temple literature. Part 2 describes the Jewish communities that flourished both in the land of Israel and in the Diaspora. Part 3 explores the lives, worldviews, and significant writings of Second Temple authors. Part 4 examines how authors of the time introduced novel, rewritten, and expanded versions of Bible stories in hopes of imparting messages to the people.

    Simkovich's popular style will engage readers in understanding the sometimes surprisingly creative ways Jews at this time chose to practice their religion and interpret its scriptures in light of a cultural setting so unlike that of their Israelite forefathers. Like many modern Jews today, they made an ancient religion meaningful in an ever-changing world.

  • Creation <i>ex nihilo</i> : Origins, Development, Contemporary Challenges / edited by Gary A. Anderson and Markus Bockmuehl
    BT695 .C685 2018

  • Orthodox Christian Perspectives on War / edited by Perry T. Hamalis and Valerie A. Karras
    BL65.W2 O775 2018

  • Meditations on the Life of Christ : The Short Italian Text / Sarah McNamer; linguistic analysis by Pär Larson
    BT306.43 .M4312 2018

  • Is Judaism Democratic? : Reflections from Theory and Practice Throughout the Ages / edited by Leonard J. Greenspoon
    BM538.S7 I82 2018
    As government by the people, democracy has always had its proponents as well as opponents. What forms of government have Jewish leaders, both with and without actual political power, favored? Not surprisingly, many options have been offered theoretically and in practice. Perhaps more surprisingly, democracy has been at the heart of most systems of governance. Biblical Israel was largely a monarchy, but many writers of the Bible were critical of the excesses that almost always arise when human kings take charge: the general populace loses its freedom. In rabbinic Judaism, the majority ruled, and many principles that support modern democratic institutions have their basis in interpretations offered by the classical rabbis. This is true even though rabbinic Jews did not govern democratically. When Jews did have some degree of self-governance, democratic principles and institutions were often upheld. At the same time, so most communal leaders insisted, God-the ultimate judge-ultimately judges everything and everyone. Modern Israel provides the first instance of an independent Jewish nation since the Hasmonean monarchy of the second and first centuries BCE. On an almost daily basis, common features uniting democracy and Judaism, as well as flash point of controversy, are highlighted there. The fourteen scholars whose work is collected here are mindful of all of these circumstances-and many more. In a style that is accessible, clear, and balanced, they allow readers to assess these issues based on the most current thinking. This volume is required reading for anyone interested in how religion and politics have interacted, and continue to interact, in Judaism and among Jews.

  • Amen : Jews, Christians, and Muslims Keep Faith with God / Patrick J. Ryan, SJ
    BL80.3 .R93 2018

  • The Book of Divine Works / translated by Nathaniel M Campbell, The Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D.C
    BV5082.3 .H5213 2018

  • Early Medieval Hagiography / James T. Palmer
    BX4662 .P354 2018
    Saints were powerful role models in the early Middle Ages, capable of defining communities. But what roles did saintly biographies play in shaping the medieval West? Are we any closer to the 'elusive goal' of understanding society and its many post-Roman transformations through them? This book provides a new starting point for the investigation of the early Middle Ages through hagiography. It critically examines the varied nature of hagiography in different societies, from Ireland to Germany via Rome and Spain, to help pave the way for future comparative studies. The book also offers a wide-ranging assessment of different modern methodologies used to interrogate hagiographies, from early twentieth-century source criticism, to the insights gained from gender studies, postmodernism and digital humanities.

  • Worship in Medieval England / Matthew Cheung Salisbury
    BX1977.G7 S258 2018
    This volume offers an alternative history of the liturgy in medieval England, exploring the complex relationships between text and performance, between participation and devotion, and between varied scholarly misconceptions. Three key ambitions: to eschew the notion that any two churches observing, for instance, the "Sarum Use," used texts, music, and ritual derived from an unerring exemplar; to explore the different ways clerics and laypeople understood and participated in these rites; and to suggest desiderata for future studies.

  • Athansius : A Theological Introduction / Thomas G. Weinandy
    BR65.A446 W453 2018

  • The Land of Truth : Talmud Tales, Timeless Teachings / Jeffrey L. Rubenstein
    BM516.5 .R818 2018
    Making the rich narrative world of Talmud tales fully accessible to modern readers, renowned Talmud scholar Jeffrey L. Rubenstein turns his spotlight on both famous and little-known stories, analyzing the tales in their original contexts, exploring their cultural meanings and literary artistry, and illuminating their relevance.

    Delving into both rabbinic life (the academy, master-disciple relationships) and Jewish life under Roman and Persian rule (persecution, taxation, marketplaces), Rubenstein explains how storytellers used irony, wordplay, figurative language, and other art forms to communicate their intended messages. Each close reading demonstrates the story's continuing relevance through the generations into modernity. For example, the story "Showdown in Court," a confrontation between King Yannai and the Rabbinic judges, provides insights into controversial struggles in U.S. history to balance governmental power; the story of Honi's seventy-year sleep becomes a window into the indignities of aging. Through the prism of Talmud tales, Rubenstein also offers timeless insights into suffering, beauty, disgust, heroism, humor, love, sex, truth, and falsehood. By connecting twenty-first-century readers to past generations, The Land of Truth helps to bridge the divide between modern Jews and the traditional narrative worlds of their ancestors.

  • Apocalyptic Complex : Perspectives, Histories, Persistence / edited by Nadia Al-Bagdadi, David Marno, and Matthias Riedl
    BS 646 A6346 2016eb

  • Improvisational Islam : Indonesian Youth in a Time of Possibility / Nur Amali Ibrahim
    BP 188.18 Y6 I27 2018eb

    Improvisational Islam is about novel and unexpected ways of being Muslim, where religious dispositions are achieved through techniques that have little or no precedent in classical Islamic texts or concepts. Nur Amali Ibrahim foregrounds two distinct autodidactic university student organizations, each trying to envision alternative ways of being Muslim independent from established religious and political authorities. One group draws from methods originating from the business world, like accounting, auditing, and self-help, to promote a puritanical understanding of the religion and spearhead Indonesia's spiritual rebirth. A second group reads Islamic scriptures alongside the western human sciences. Both groups, he argues, show a great degree of improvisation and creativity in their interpretations of Islam.

    These experimental forms of religious improvisations and practices have developed in a specific Indonesian political context that has evolved after the deposal of President Suharto's authoritarian New Order regime in 1998. At the same time, Improvisational Islam suggests that the Indonesian case study brings into sharper relief processes that are happening in ordinary Muslim life everywhere. To be a practitioner of their religion, Muslims draw on and are inspired by not only their holy scriptures, but also the non-traditional ideas and practices that circulate in their society, which importantly include those originating in the West. In the contemporary political discourse where Muslims are often portrayed as uncompromising and adversarial to the West and where bans and walls are deemed necessary to keep them out, this story about flexible and creative Muslims is an important one to tell.


  • The Political Lives of Saints : Christian-Muslim Mediation in Egypt / Angie Heo
    BP 172 H46 2018eb
    Since the Arab Spring in 2011 and ISIS's rise in 2014, Egypt's Copts have attracted attention worldwide as the collateral damage of revolution and as victims of sectarian strife. Countering the din of persecution rhetoric and Islamophobia, The Political Lives of Saints journeys into the quieter corners of divine intercession to consider what martyrs, miracles, and mysteries have to do with the routine challenges faced by Christians and Muslims living together under the modern nation-state.

    Drawing on years of extensive fieldwork, Angie Heo argues for understanding popular saints as material media that organize social relations between Christians and Muslims in Egypt toward varying political ends. With an ethnographer's eye for traces of antiquity, she deciphers how long-cherished imaginaries of holiness broker bonds of revolutionary sacrifice, reconfigure national sites of sacred territory, and pose sectarian threats to security and order. A study of tradition and nationhood at their limits, The Political Lives of Saints shows that Coptic Orthodoxy is a core domain of minoritarian regulation and authoritarian rule, powerfully reversing the recurrent thesis of its impending extinction in the Arab Muslim world.

  • African Science : Witchcraft, Vodun, and Healing in Southern Benin / Douglas J. Falen
    BL 2470 D3 F35 2018eb

  • Between Worlds : German missionaries and the transition from mission to Bantu Education in South Africa / Linda Chisholm
    BV 3625 S67 C553 2017eb

  • Voices of Preachers in Protest : The Ministry of Two Malawian Prophets: Elliot Kamwana and Wilfred Gudu / J.C. Chakanza
    BR 1446.2 C44 2018eb
    Ever since the modern state of Malawi came into existence more than a hundred years ago, religion has played its role in the history of the country, and has interacted with politics and society in many ways, such as with the early Blantyre Mission, the Chilembwe Rising, and the struggle against the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyassaland. This book presents two preachers, Elliot Kamwana and Wilfred Gudu, who, in their different ways and at different times, challenged British colonial power which ruled over Malawi at that time.

  • Does Judaism Condone Violence? : Holiness and Ethics in the Jewish Tradition / Alan L. Mittleman
    BM 538 P3 M58 2018eb

    A philosophical case against religious violence

    We live in an age beset by religiously inspired violence. Terms such as "holy war" are the stock-in-trade of the evening news. But what is the relationship between holiness and violence? Can acts such as murder ever truly be described as holy? In Does Judaism Condone Violence? , Alan Mittleman offers a searching philosophical investigation of such questions in the Jewish tradition. Jewish texts feature episodes of divinely inspired violence, and the position of the Jews as God's chosen people has been invoked to justify violent acts today. Are these justifications valid? Or does our understanding of the holy entail an ethic that argues against violence?

    Reconstructing the concept of the holy through a philosophical examination of biblical texts, Mittleman finds that the holy and the good are inextricably linked, and that our experience of holiness is authenticated through its moral consequences. Our understanding of the holy develops through reflection on God's creation of the natural world, and our values emerge through our relations with that world. Ultimately, Mittleman concludes, religious justifications for violence cannot be sustained.

    Lucid and incisive, Does Judaism Condone Violence? is a powerful counterargument to those who claim that the holy is irrational and amoral. With philosophical implications that extend far beyond the Jewish tradition, this book should be read by anyone concerned about the troubling connection between holiness and violence.


  • The Letters of Mary Penry : A Single Moravian Woman in Early America / edited by Scott Paul Gordon
    BX 8593 P46 A4 2018eb

  • Being Christian in Vandal Africa : The Politics of Orthodoxy in the Post-Imperial West / Robin Whelan
    BR 1369 W44 2018eb
    Being Christian in Vandal Africa investigates conflicts over Christian orthodoxy in the Vandal kingdom, the successor to Roman rule in North Africa, ca. 439 to 533 c.e. Exploiting neglected texts, author Robin Whelan exposes a sophisticated culture of disputation between Nicene ("Catholic") and Homoian ("Arian") Christians and explores their rival claims to political and religious legitimacy. These contests--sometimes violent--are key to understanding the wider and much-debated issues of identity and state formation in the post-imperial West.
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