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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.


  • Object relations, Buddhism, and relationality in womanist practical theology / Pamela Ayo Yetunde
    BQ4040

  • New Developments in the Cognitive Science of Religion : The Rationality of Religious Belief / Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, Gijsbert van den Brink, editors
    BT50

  • Islam, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism / Zayn R. Kassam, Yudit Kornberg Greenberg, Jehan Bagli, editors
    BL 2001.3 I85 2018

    The earlier volume in this series dealt with two religions of Indian origin, namely, Buddhism and Jainism. The Indian religious scene, however, is characterized by not only religions which originated in India but also by religions which entered India from outside India and made their home here. Thus religious life in India has been enlivened throughout its history by the presence of religions of foreign origin on its soil almost from the very time they came into existence. This volume covers three such religions--Zoraoastrianism, Judaism, and Islam . In the case of Zoraostianism, even its very beginnings are intertwined with India, as Zoroastrianism reformed a preexisting religion which had strong links to the Vedic heritage of India. This relationship took on a new dimension when a Zoroastrian community, fearing persecution in Persia after its Arab conquest, sought shelter in western India and ultimately went on to produce India's pioneering nationalist in the figure of Dadabhai Naoroji ( 1825-1917), also known as the Grand Old Man of India. Jews found refuge in south India after the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70 C.E. and have remained a part of the Indian religious scene since then, some even returning to Israel after it was founded in 1948. Islam arrived in Kerala as soon as it was founded and one of the earliest mosques in the history of Islam is found in India. Islam differs from the previously mentioned religions inasmuch as it went on to gain political hegemony over parts of the country for considerable periods of time, which meant that its impact on the religious life of the subcontinent has been greater compared to the other religions. It has also meant that Islam has existed in a religiously plural environment in India for a longer period than elsewhere in the world so that not only has Islam left a mark on India, India has also left its mark on it. Indeed all the three religions covered in this volume share this dual feature, that they have profoundly influenced Indian religious life and have also in turn been profoundly influenced by their presence in India.


  • Reimagining Christian education : cultivating transformative approaches / Johannes M. Luetz, Tony Dowden, Beverley Norsworthy, editors
    BV1471.3*

  • Religious education : between radicalism and tolerance / Ednan Aslan, Margaret Rausch, editors
    BL42

  • Limbo Reapplied On Living in Perennial Crisis and the Immanent Afterlife / by Kristof K.P. Vanhoutte
    BL2747.8

  • Women and men in the Qurʼan / Asma Lamrabet
    BP134.W6

    This book distinguishes Islam as a spiritual message from the sociopolitical context of its revelation. While the sacred text of the Quran reveals a clear empowerment of women and equality of believers, such spirit is barely reflected in the interpretations. Trapped between Western rhetoric that portrays them as submissive figures in desperate need of liberation, and centuries-old, parochial interpretations that have almost become part of the "sacred," Muslim women are pressured and profoundly misunderstood. Asma Lamrabet laments this state of affairs and the inclination of both Muslims and non-Muslims to readily embrace flawed human interpretations that devalue women rather than remaining faithful to the meaning of the Sacred Text. Full of insight, this study carefully reads the Qur'an to arrive at its deeper spiritual teachings.


  • Baal and the Politics of Poetry / Aaron Tugendhaft
    BL 1671 T844 2017

  • Spiritual care for healthcare professionals : reflecting on clinical practice / Tom Gordon, Ewan Kelly, and David Mitchell ; foreword by Stephen Thornton
    BL 65 M4G67 2011
    In the past 10 years spirituality and spiritual care have been much debated in professional healthcare literature, highlighting the need for a recognised definition of spiritual care to enable appropriate assessment of, and response to, spiritual issues. This accessible and highly relevant book surveys the numerous statements, guidelines and standards highlighted by these discussions, and equips healthcare professionals with the knowledge, skills and competence to provide the essence of spiritual care within their professional practice. Practical and evidence-based, this manual proves that delivery of good, professional spiritual care can build on intuitive human skills, and can be taught, learned, assessed and quantified. It gives readers the opportunity to move on from uncertainties about their role in the delivery of spiritual care by allowing them to asses and improve their understanding, skills and clinical practice in this area of care. Spiritual Care for Healthcare Professionals clearly grounds spiritual care in clinical practice. It is highly recommended for supporting academic study and encouraging healthcare practitioners to reflect on their practice and develop skills in spiritual assessment and care. Aimed at all healthcare professionals, it can be used by individual practitioners for continuing professional development as well as by academic staff developing educational programmes.

  • Finding a sacred Oasis in grief : a resource manual for pastoral care givers / by Steven Jeffers and Harold Ivan Smith
    BV4905
    This work includes a foreword by John D Morgan, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Coordinator for Kings College Center for Education about Death and Bereavement, Ontario, Canada. This practical resource guides the reader though all aspects of the grieving process and offers thought-provoking and inspirational advice on support. With exercises, tips, and contacts for further assistance, "Finding a Sacred Oasis in Grief" provides a comprehensive understanding of this potentially difficult and complex topic. It examines different types of grief and various approaches, along with reference guides to particular religions and their traditions adopting a comprehensive, multi-faith approach. Pastoral care providers and religious leaders will find the unique, hands-on approach invaluable, as will members of support organisations and volunteer carers. It is also ideal for seminary and ministry students, counsellors, therapists and other care professionals. "Gives caregivers the tools to help dying and grieving persons face the best and worst that life has to offer. It is the worst, because death means the end of the attachments that make life worthwhile. It is the best, because it shows us what is truly meaningful and important in life. Mortality is a great gift if we have the knowledge and the courtesy to face it." - John D Morgan, in the Foreword.

  • Divine love in Islamic mysticism : the teachings of al-Ghazali and al-Dabbagh / Binyamin Abrahamov
    BP 189.65 L68A26 2003
    The two theories of divine love that are examined in this book have their foundations in Greek, Jewish, Christian and Muslim ideas. Al-Ghazâlî (twelfth century) was influenced mainly by Plato and Ibn Sina's teachings, while al-Dabbâgh (thirteenth century), who accepted some Ghazâlîan notions, developed a theory of divine love that can be traced back to Neoplatonism. Both scholars created complete theories of divine love that include definitions of love, its causes and signs, the ways to love God, God's love for man, and kinds of love. The book will interest students of theology, philosophy and mysticism in general, and students of Islam in particular.

  • The synoptic problem and statistics / Andris Abakuks
    BS 2555.52 A23 2015

    See How to Use Statistics for New Testament Interpretation

    The Synoptic Problem and Statisticslays the foundations for a new area of interdisciplinary research that uses statistical techniques to investigate the synoptic problem in New Testament studies, which concerns the relationships between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. There are potential applications of the techniques to study other sets of similar documents.

    Explore Hidden Markov Models for Textual Data

    The book provides an introductory account of the synoptic problem and relevant theories, literature, and research at a level suitable for academic and professional statisticians. For those with no special interest in biblical studies or textual analysis, the book presents core statistical material on the use of hidden Markov models to analyze binary time series. Biblical scholars interested in the synoptic problem or in the use of statistical methods for textual analysis can omit the more technical/mathematical aspects of the book. The binary time series data sets and R code used are available on the author's website.


  • The shroud of Turin : first century after Christ! / Giulio Fanti, Pierandrea Malfi ; with an in-depth study by Marco Conca
    BT 587 S4F36 2016

    The Turin Shroud is the most important and studied relic in the world. Many papers on it have recently appeared in important scientific journals. Scientific studies on the relic until today fail to provide conclusive answers about the identity of the enveloped man and the dynamics regarding the image formation impressed therein. This book not only addresses these issues in a scientific and objective manner but also leads the reader through new search paths. It summarizes the results in a simple manner for the reader to comprehend easily. Many books on the theme have been already published, but none of them contains such a quantity of scientific news and reports. The most important of them is the following: the result of the 1988 radiocarbon dating is statistically wrong and other three new dating methods demonstrate that the Shroud has an age compatible with the epoch in which Jesus Christ lived in Palestine. A numismatic analysis performed on Byzantine gold coins confirms this result. This book is, therefore, very important with respect to the Turin Shroud. It is unique in its genre and a very useful tool for those who want to study the subject deeply.


  • Love and liberation : autobiographical writings of the Tibetan Buddhist visionary Sera Khandro / Sarah H. Jacoby
    BQ 942 D427J33 2014eb
    Love and Liberation reads the autobiographical and biographical writings of one of the few Tibetan Buddhist women to record the story of her life. Sera Khandro K#65533;nzang Dekyong Ch#65533;nyi Wangmo (also called Dew#65533; Dorj#65533;, 1892-1940) was extraordinary not only for achieving religious mastery as a Tibetan Buddhist visionary and guru to many lamas, monastics, and laity in the Golok region of eastern Tibet, but also for her candor. This book listens to Sera Khandro's conversations with land deities, dakinis , bodhisattvas, lamas, and fellow religious community members whose voices interweave with her own to narrate what is a story of both love between Sera Khandro and her guru, Drim#65533; #65533;zer, and spiritual liberation.

    Sarah H. Jacoby's analysis focuses on the status of the female body in Sera Khandro's texts, the virtue of celibacy versus the expediency of sexuality for religious purposes, and the difference between profane lust and sacred love between male and female tantric partners. Her findings add new dimensions to our understanding of Tibetan Buddhist consort practices, complicating standard scriptural presentations of male subject and female aide. Sera Khandro depicts herself and Drim#65533; #65533;zer as inseparable embodiments of insight and method that together form the Vajrayana Buddhist vision of complete buddhahood. By advancing this complementary sacred partnership, Sera Khandro carved a place for herself as a female virtuoso in the male-dominated sphere of early twentieth-century Tibetan religion.

  • Food of sinful demons : meat, vegetarianism, and the limits of Buddhism in Tibet / Geoffrey Barstow
    BQ 4570 F6B37 2018eb

  • Trent 1475 : stories of a ritual murder trial / R. Po-chia Hsia
    BM 585.2 H75 1992
    On Easter Sunday, 1475, the dead body of a two-year-old boy named Simon was found in the cellar of a Jewish family's house in Trent, Italy. Town magistrates arrested eighteen Jewish men and one Jewish woman on the charge of ritual murder - the killing of a Christian child in order to use his blood in Jewish religious rites.

  • James Hannington, D.D., F.L.S., F.R.G.S., first bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa : a history of his life and work, 1847-1885 / by E.C. Dawson
    BV 3522 H3D3 1887

  • History and presence / Robert A. Orsi
    BV 825.3 O76 2016

    Beginning with metaphysical debates in the sixteenth century over the nature of Christ's presence in the host, the distinguished historian and scholar of religion Robert Orsi imagines an alternative to the future of religion that early moderns proclaimed was inevitable.

    The question of "real presence"--the Catholic doctrine of the literal, physical, embodied presence of Christ in the host--coincided with early modern global conquest and commerce and shaped how Europeans encountered the religions of others. The gods really present, in the Catholic sense, were translated into metaphors and symptoms, and into functions of the social and political. Presence became evidence of superstition, of magical thinking, of the infantile and irrational, the primitive and the savage. History and Presence radically confronts this intellectual heritage, proposing instead a model for the study of religion that begins with humans and gods present to each other in the circumstances of everyday life. Orsi then asks what it would mean to write history with the real presence of special beings restored. With reference to Marian apparitions, the cult of the saints, relations with the dead, and other Catholic instances of encounters with the gods really present, Orsi elaborates a theory of presence for the study of both contemporary religion and history.

    The unseeing of the gods was a foundational requirement of Western modernity. Orsi urges us to withhold from absence the intellectual and spiritual prestige modernity encourages us to give it, and instead to approach history with the gods fully present.


  • The Church is different / by Robert Adolfs, O.S.A. ; translated by Hubert Hoskins
    BX 891 A213 1966a

  • The nations in the divine economy : Paul's covenantal hermeneutics and participation in Christ / William S. Campbell
    BS 2655 C36 C36 2018
    Core to Paul's gospel is the relationship between Israel and the Nations in light of the coming of Christ. But historic Christianity, in claiming to be a new Israel, and in not recognising the purpose of God in Christ for Jews and the nations, has ignored its Jewish roots, the scriptures of Israel, and the Jewishness of Jesus and the apostles leaving a lacuna in its own identity, which Campbell argues, can only be overcome by a covenantal understanding of diversity in Christ. The denial of the covenant leads to a negation of God's revelation to Israel, and leaves Christianity with a deficient self-understanding. Although covenant language is not prominent in Paul's letters it remains the basis of his thought in differentiated ways concerning Israel and the nations. The covenant remains God's covenant with Israel. But through the covenant re-ratified in Christ, non-Jews although not included in the covenant, participate through Christ in the Abrahamic promises. Hence participation language is prevalent in Paul's letters since these address non-Jews in Christ as representatives of the nations. Rather than being 'indifferent to difference', Paul's gospel is not anti-ethnic, but is focused on the continuation of difference in Christ. God's purpose is designed to relate to differing peoples, not in their becoming one and the same, but in reciprocal blessing among those who remain different. The corollary of this respect for difference is the call for reconciliation as an essential part of following Christ, a fundamental element in Paul's gospel. God created a diverse world so that his people will find blessing in its rainbow diversity.

  • Paul : the pagans' apostle / Paula Fredriksen
    BS 2506.3 F74 2017
    A groundbreaking new portrait of the apostle Paul, from one of today's leading historians of antiquity

    Often seen as the author of timeless Christian theology, Paul himself heatedly maintained that he lived and worked in history's closing hours. His letters propel his readers into two ancient worlds, one Jewish, one pagan. The first was incandescent with apocalyptic hopes, expecting God through his messiah to fulfill his ancient promises of redemption to Israel. The second teemed with ancient actors, not only human but also divine: angry superhuman forces, jealous demons, and hostile cosmic gods. Both worlds are Paul's, and his convictions about the first shaped his actions in the second.

    Only by situating Paul within this charged social context of gods and humans, pagans and Jews, cities, synagogues, and competing Christ-following assemblies can we begin to understand his mission and message. This original and provocative book offers a dramatically new perspective on one of history's seminal figures.

  • Skepticism and American faith : from the Revolution to the Civil War / Christopher Grasso
    BR 525 G665 2018
    Between the American Revolution and the Civil War, the dialogue of religious skepticism and faith shaped struggles over the place of religion in politics. It produced different visions of knowledge and education in an "enlightened" society. It fueled social reform in an era of economictransformation, territorial expansion, and social change. Ultimately, as Christopher Grasso argues in this definitive work, it molded the making and eventual unmaking of American nationalism.Religious skepticism has been rendered nearly invisible in American religious history, which often stresses the evangelicalism of the era or the "secularization" said to be happening behind people's backs, or assumes that skepticism was for intellectuals and ordinary people who stayed away fromchurch were merely indifferent. Certainly the efforts of vocal "infidels" or "freethinkers" were dwarfed by the legions conducting religious revivals, creating missions and moral reform societies, distributing Bibles and Christian tracts, and building churches across the land. Even if few Americanspublicly challenged Christian truth claims, many more quietly doubted, and religious skepticism touched - and in some cases transformed - many individual lives. Commentators considered religious doubt to be a persistent problem, because they believed that skeptical challenges to the grounds of faith- the Bible, the church, and personal experience - threatened the foundations of American society. Skepticism and American Faith examines the ways that Americans - ministers, merchants, and mystics; physicians, schoolteachers, and feminists; self-help writers, slaveholders, shoemakers, and soldiers - wrestled with faith and doubt as they lived their daily lives and tried to make sense of theirworld.

  • Theology : the basics / Alister E. McGrath
    BT 77 M382 2018

    This fourth edition of the international bestseller is the ideal introduction for those who are new to Christian theology. In this revised and expanded edition, the author introduces readers to the central ideas and beliefs, the key debates and the leading thinkers of Christianity. Throughout, the aim is to bring clarity and brevity to the central ideas of theology, both traditional and contemporary.

    The text comprehensively covers the individual doctrines that form the Christian belief system, weaving together these doctrines, their history, and the intellectual nuance behind them into an inter-connected web. All major Christian denominations are explored, as are their differences and shared customs and beliefs. This rich tapestry results in a clear view of Christianity, providing a coherent vision of the religion in its main forms.


  • The new Oxford annotated Bible with the Apocrypha / Michael D. Coogan, editor ; Marc Z. Brettler, Carol A. Newsom, and Pheme Perkins, associate editors
    BS 191.5 A1 2018 N49 2018
    For over 50 years students, professors, clergy, and general readers have relied on The New Oxford Annotated Bible as an unparalleled authority in Study Bibles. This fifth edition of the Annotated, thumb-indexed and in a protective two-piece box, remains the best way to study and understand theBible at home or in the classroom. This thoroughly revised and substantially updated edition contains the best scholarship informed by recent discoveries and anchored in the solid Study Bible tradition.* Introductions and extensive annotations for each book by acknowledged experts in the field provide context and guidance. * Introductory essays on major groups of biblical writings - Pentateuch, Prophets, Gospels, and other sections - give readers an overview that guides more intensive study.* General essays on history, translation matters, different canons in use today, and issues of daily life in biblical times inform the reader of important aspects of biblical study.* Maps and diagrams within the text contextualize where events took place and how to understand them.* Color maps give readers the geographical orientation they need for understanding historical accounts throughout the Bible.* Timelines, parallel texts, weights and measures, calendars, and other helpful tables help navigate the biblical world.* An extensive glossary of technical terms demystifies the language of biblical scholarship.* An index to the study materials eases the way to the quick location of information.The New Oxford Annotated Bible, with twenty new essays and introductions and others - as well as annotations - fully revised, offers the reader flexibility for any learning style. Beginning with a specific passage or a significant concept, finding information for meditation, sermon preparation, oracademic study is straightforward and intuitive.A volume that users will want to keep for continued reference, The New Oxford Annotated Bible continues the Oxford University Press tradition of providing excellence in scholarship for the general reader. Generations of users attest to its status as the best one-volume Bible reference tool for anyhome, library, or classroom.

  • L'immortelle illusion / Marcel Sylvestre ; préface de Louise Mailloux
    BL 51 S955 2017eb

  • Vatican II and beyond : the changing mission and identity of Canadian women religious / Rosa Bruno-Jofré, Heidi MacDonald, and Elizabeth M. Smyth
    BX 1421.3 B78 2017eb

  • The life of Luigi Giussani / Alberto Savorana ; translated by Mariangela Sullivan and Christopher Bacich
    BX 4705 G5564S2813 2018eb

  • Into silence and servitude : how American girls became nuns, 1945 1965 / Brian Titley
    BX 4220 U6T58 2017eb

  • God and government : Martin Luther's political thought / Jarrett A. Carty
    BR 333.5 P6C37 2017eb

  • Everyday sacred : religion in contemporary Quebec / edited by Hillary Kaell
    BL 2530 C2E94 2017eb

  • Boundless dominion : providence, politics, and the early Canadian Presbyterian worldview / Denis McKim
    BX 9001 M35 2017eb

  • Tout ce que la science sait sur la religion / Daniel Baril
    BL 240.3 B378 2018eb

  • Le patrimoine des communautés religieuses : empreintes et approches / sous la direction d'Etienne Berthold
    BR 115 C8P314 2018eb

  • Religion et sexualité à travers les âges / Guy Ménard
    BL 65 S4M567 2018eb

  • Sacred ritual, profane space : the Roman house as early Christian meeting place / Jenn Cianca
    BV 601.85 C53 2018eb

  • Religion, human dignity and liberation / Gerald M. Boodoo, (editor)
    BT 10 R45 2016

  • La politique russe du Saint-Siège (1905-1939) / par Laura Pettinaroli
    BX 1558.2 P47 2015

  • How like a god : deification in Japanese religion / Sato Hiroo ; translated by David Noble
    BL 2211 D35 S2813 2016

  • Muslims, trust and multiculturalism : new directions / edited by Amina Yaqin, Peter Morey, Asmaa Soliman
    BP190.5.E76

  • Learning from Other Religious Traditions Leaving Room for Holy Envy
    BL41BL51BL60

  • Islam, Securitization, and US Foreign Policy / Erdoan A. Shipoli
    BP173.7

  • Lovesong : becoming a Jew / by Julius Lester
    BM 755 L425 A3 1988
    The author chronicles his earliest encounters with faith in the figure of his father, a black Methodist minister, his earliest recollections of the lure of Judaism, the South before the Civil Rights movement, and his conversion to Judaism.

  • Seven deadly sins in consumption / edited by Henna Syrjälä and Hanna Leipämaa-Leskinen (School of Marketing and Communication, University of Vaasa, Finland)
    BR 115 C67 S48 2018eb
    Offering a novel view on morality in consumption, this book creatively examines how the seven deadly sins - pride, greed, lust, gluttony, envy, wrath, and sloth - are embodied in contemporary consumer society. Each of the seven chapters summarizes previous literature of the sins across disciplinary boundaries, and explores how consumption is likely to change in the future.The sins are presented as social, historical, cultural and political constructs, relying on the underlying assumptions of cultural consumer research. Each is elaborated on within particular consumption and marketing-related spheres, including advertising, retail environment, convenience food consumption, poverty, and ethical consumption. Consequently, the book provides a new way to understand contemporary consumer culture. Although beginning with the dark notions of sinfulness, the authors conclude with a hopeful tone for positive transformations in consumption.This fascinating book will be of significant interest to consumer researchers and post-graduate students studying the effects of consumption in social science disciplines, including marketing, business and sociology.

  • Women, religion, and the body in South Asia : living with Bengali Bauls / Kristin Hanssen
    BL 1284.84 H36 2018eb

  • God's own ethics : norms of divine agency and the argument from evil / Mark C. Murphy
    BT 100 A5663 M87 2017
    Every version of the argument from evil requires a premise concerning God's motivation - about the actions that God is motivated to perform or the states of affairs that God is motivated to bring about. The typical source of this premise is a conviction that God is, obviously, morally perfect,where God's moral perfection consists in God's being motivated to act in accordance with the norms of morality by which both we and God are governed. The aim of God's Own Ethics is to challenge this understanding by giving arguments against this view of God as morally perfect and by offering an alternative account of what God's own ethics is like. According to this alternative account, God is in no way required to promote the well-being ofsentient creatures, though God may rationally do so. Any norms of conduct that favor the promotion of creaturely well-being that govern God's conduct are norms that are contingently self-imposed by God. This revised understanding of divine ethics should lead us to revise sharply downward ourassessment of the force of the argument from evil while leaving intact our conception of God as an absolutely perfect being, supremely worthy of worship.

  • Engaging with living religion : a guide to fieldwork in the study of religion / Stephen E. Gregg and Lynne Scholefield
    BL 41 G74 2015

    Understanding living religion requires students to experience everyday religious practice in diverse environments and communities. This guide provides the ideal introduction to fieldwork and the study of religion outside the lecture theatre. Covering theoretical and practical dimensions of research, the book helps students learn to 'read' religious sites and communities, and to develop their understanding of planning, interaction, observation, participation and interviews. Students are encouraged to explore their own expectations and sensitivities, and to develop a good understanding of ethical issues, group-learning and individual research. The chapters contain student testimonies, examples of student work and student-led questions.


  • Christianity in the twentieth century : a world history / Brian Stanley
    BR 479 S7155 2018

    A history of unparalleled scope that charts the global transformation of Christianity during an age of profound political and cultural change

    Christianity in the Twentieth Century charts the transformation of one of the world's great religions during an age marked by world wars, genocide, nationalism, decolonization, and powerful ideological currents, many of them hostile to Christianity. Written by a leading scholar of world Christianity, the book traces how Christianity evolved from a religion defined by the culture and politics of Europe to the expanding polycentric and multicultural faith it is today--one whose growing popular support is strongest in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, China, and other parts of Asia.

    Brian Stanley sheds critical light on themes of central importance for understanding the global contours of modern Christianity, illustrating each one with contrasting case studies, usually taken from different parts of the world. Unlike other books on world Christianity, this one is not a regional survey or chronological narrative, nor does it focus on theology or ecclesiastical institutions. Rather, Stanley provides a history of Christianity as a popular faith experienced and lived by its adherents, telling a compelling and multifaceted story of Christendom's fortunes in Europe, North America, and across the rest of the globe.

    Transnational in scope and drawing on the latest scholarship, Christianity in the Twentieth Century demonstrates how Christianity has had less to fear from the onslaughts of secularism than from the readiness of Christians themselves to accommodate their faith to ideologies that privilege racial identity or radical individualism.


  • The eternal dissident : Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman and the radical imperative to think and act / edited by David N. Myers
    BM 755 B382 A25 2018
    A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press's Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.

    The Eternal Dissident offers rare insight into one of the most inspiring and controversial Reform rabbis of the twentieth century, Leonard Beerman, who was renowned both for his eloquent and challenging sermons and for his unrelenting commitment to social action. Beerman was a man of powerful word and action--a probing intellectual and stirring orator, as well as a nationally known opponent of McCarthyism, racial injustice, and Israeli policy in the occupied territories. The shared source of Beerman's thought and activism was the moral imperative of the Hebrew prophets, which he believed bestowed upon the Jewish people their role as the "eternal dissident." This volume brings Beerman to life through a selection of his most powerful writings, followed by commentaries from notable scholars, rabbis, and public personalities that speak to the quality and ongoing relevance of Beerman's work.

  • Paul and the gentile problem / Matthew Thiessen
    BS 2655 J4 T547 2016
    Paul and the Gentile Problem provides a new explanation for the apostle Paul's statements about the Jewish law in his letters to the Romans and Galatians. Paul's arguments against circumcision and the law in Romans 2 and his reading of Genesis 15-21 in Galatians 4:21-31 belong within a streamof Jewish thinking which rejected the possibility that gentiles could undergo circumcision and adopt the Jewish law, thereby becoming Jews. Paul opposes this solution to the gentile problem because he thinks it misunderstands how essentially hopeless the gentile situation remains outside of Christ.The second part of the book moves from Paul's arguments against a gospel that requires gentiles to undergo circumcision and adoption of the Jewish law to his own positive account, based on his reading of the Abraham Narrative, of the way in which Israel's God relates to gentiles. Having received theSpirit (pneuma) of Christ, gentiles are incorporated into Christ, who is the singular seed of Abraham, and, therefore, become materially related to Abraham. But this solution raises a question: Why is it so important for Paul that gentiles become seed of Abraham? The argument of this book is thatPaul believes that God had made certain promises to Abraham that only those who are his seed could enjoy and that these promises can be summarized as being empowered to live a moral life, inheriting the cosmos, and having the hope of an indestructible life.

  • Early modern women and the problem of evil : atrocity & theodicy / Jill Graper Hernandez
    BL 216 G73 2016

    Early Modern Women and the Problem of Evilexamines the concept of theodicy--the attempt to reconcile divine perfection with the existence of evil--through the lens of early modern female scholars. This timely volume knits together the perennial problem of defining evil with current scholarly interest in women's roles in the evolution of religious philosophy. Accessible for those without a background in philosophy or theology, Jill Graper Hernandez's text will be of interest to upper-level undergraduates as well as graduate students and researchers.


  • The complete Dead Sea scrolls in English / [translated with an introduction by] Geza Vermes
    BM 487 A3 2011
    'He will heal the wounded and revive the dead and bring good news to the poor' The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Judaean desert between 1947 and 1956 was one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time. These extraordinary manuscripts appear to have been hidden in the caves at Qumran by the Essenes, a Jewish sect in existence before and during the time of Jesus. Written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, the scrolls have transformed our understanding of the Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and the origins of Christianity. This acclaimed translation by Geza Vermes, the world's leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, has established itself as the classic version of these texts. This revised seventh edition contains a new foreword, amendments and a fully updated bibliography. 'No translation of the scrolls is either more readable or more authoritative than that of Vermes' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Excellent, up-to-date . . . will enable the general public to read the non-biblical scrolls and to judge for themselves their importance' The New York Times Book Review Translated and edited with an introduction and notes by GEZA VERMES

  • Catholics confronting Hitler : the Catholic Church and the Nazis / Peter Bartley
    BX 1536 B28 2016

    Written with economy and in chronological order, this book offers a comprehensive account of the response to the Nazi tyranny by Pope Pius XII, his envoys, and various representatives of the Catholic Church in every country where Nazism existed before and during WWII.

    Peter Bartley makes extensive use of primary sources - letters, diaries, memoirs, official government reports, German and British. He manifestly quotes the works of several prominent Nazis, of churchmen, diplomats, members of the Resistance, and ordinary Jews and gentiles who left eye-witness accounts of life under the Nazis, in addition to the wartime correspondence between Pius XII and President Roosevelt.

    This book reveals how resistance to Hitler and rescue work engaged many churchmen and laypeople at all levels, and was often undertaken in collaboration with Protestants and Jews. The Church paid a high price in many countries for its resistance, with hundreds of churches closed down, bishops exiled or martyred, and many priests shot or sent to Nazi death camps.

    Bartley also explores the supposed inaction of the German bishops over Hitler's oppression of the Jews, showing that the Reich Concordat did not deter the hierarchy and clergy from protesting the regime's iniquities or from rescuing its victims. While giving clear evidence for Papal condemnation of the Jewish persecution, he also explains why Pius XII could not completely set aside the language of diplomacy and be more openly vocal in his rebuke of the Nazis.


  • The groaning of creation : God, evolution, and the problem of evil / Christopher Southgate
    BT 160 S67 2008

    Pain, suffering, and extinction are intrinsic to the evolutionary process. In this book Christopher Southgate shows how the world that is "very good" is also "groaning in travail" and subjected by God to that travail. Southgate then evaluates several attempts at evolutionary theodicy and argues for his own approach--an approach that takes full account of God's self-emptying and human beings' special responsibilities as created co-creators.


  • Human security / edited by Michelle Becka (convenor), Felix Wilfred, Mile Babic (co-editors)
    BR 479 C6 2018

  • American Catholicism in the 21st century : crossroads, crisis, or renewal? / Benjamin T. Peters and Nicholas Rademacher, editors
    BX 1406.3 A49 2017
    Drawn from the 2017 conference of the College Theology Society, these essays by prominent academics, ecclesiastics, and social scientists present historical analyses, theological investigations, and literary reflections, all seeking to parse the future of American Catholicism by reaching a greater understanding of its present moment.

  • Celestial masters : history and ritual in early daoist communities / Terry F. Kleeman
    BL 1910 K54 2016

    In 142 CE, the divine Lord Lao descended to Mount Cranecall (Sichuan province) to establish a new covenant with humanity through a man named Zhang Ling, the first Celestial Master. Facing an impending apocalypse caused by centuries of sin, Zhang and his descendants forged a communal faith centering on a universal priesthood, strict codes of conduct, and healing through the confession of sins; this faith was based upon a new, bureaucratic relationship with incorruptible supernatural administrators. By the fourth century, Celestial Master Daoism had spread to all parts of China, and has since played a key role in China's religious and intellectual history.

    Celestial Masters is the first book in any Western language devoted solely to the founding of the world religion Daoism. It traces the movement from the mid-second century CE through the sixth century, examining all surviving primary documents in both secular and canonical sources to offer a comprehensive account of the development of this poorly understood religion. It also provides a detailed analysis of ritual life within the movement, covering the roles of common believer or Daoist citizen, novice, and priest or libationer.


  • Paul et son seigneur : trajectoires christologiques des épîtres pauliniennes : XXVIe congrès de l'Association catholique française pour l'étude de la Bible, Angers, 2016 / Christophe Raimbault ; Association catholique française pour l'étude de la Bible
    BS 2651 P38534 2018

  • Sacred ritual, profane space : the Roman house as early Christian meeting place / Jenn Cianca
    BV 601.85 C53 2018
    The first three centuries of Christianity are increasingly seen in modern scholarship as sites of complexity. Sacred Ritual, Profane Space examines the Christian meeting places of the time and overturns long-held notions about the earliest Christians as utopian rather than place-bound people. By mapping what is known from early Christian texts onto the archaeological data for Roman domestic spaces, Jenn Cianca provides a new lens for examining the relationship between early Christianity and sites of worship. She proposes that not only were Roman homes sacred sites in their own right but they were also considered sacred by the Christian communities that used them. In many cases, meeting space would have included the presence of the Roman domestic cult shrines. Despite the fact that the domestic cult was polytheistic, Cianca asserts that its practices likely continued in places used for worship by Christians. She also argues that continued practice of the domestic cult in Roman domestic spaces did not preclude Christians from using houses as churches or from understanding their rituals or their meeting places as sacred. Raising a host of questions about identity, ritual affiliation, and domestic practice, Sacred Ritual, Profane Space demonstrates how sacred space was constructed through ritual enactment in early Christian communities.

  • Radical sacrifice / Terry Eagleton
    BL 570 E23 2018
    A trenchant analysis of sacrifice as the foundation of the modern, as well as the ancient, social order

    The modern conception of sacrifice is at once cast as a victory of self-discipline over desire and condescended to as destructive and archaic abnegation. But even in the Old Testament, the dual natures of sacrifice, embodying both ritual slaughter and moral rectitude, were at odds. In this analysis, Terry Eagleton makes a compelling argument that the idea of sacrifice has long been misunderstood.

    Pursuing the complex lineage of sacrifice in a lyrical discourse, Eagleton focuses on the Old and New Testaments, offering a virtuosic analysis of the crucifixion, while drawing together a host of philosophers, theologians, and texts--from Hegel, Nietzsche, and Derrida to the Aeneid and The Wings of the Dove . Brilliant meditations on death and eros , Shakespeare and St. Paul, irony and hybridity explore the meaning of sacrifice in modernity, casting off misperceptions of barbarity to reconnect the radical idea to politics and revolution.

  • Saints and sainthood around the Baltic Sea : identity, literacy, and communication in the Middle Ages / edited by Carsten Selch Jensen, Tracey R. Sands, Nils Holger Petersen, Kurt Villads Jensen, Tuomas M.S. Lehtonen
    BX 394 S25 2018
    This volume addresses the history of saints and sainthood in the Middle Ages in the Baltic Region, with a special focus on the cult of saints in Russia, Prussia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, and Latvia (Livonia). Essays explore such topics as the introduction of foreign (and "old") saints into new regions, the creation of new local cults of saints in newly Christianized regions, the role of the cult of saints in the creation of political and lay identities, and the potential role of saints in times of war.

  • Asian Christianities / edited by Daniel Franklin Pilario, Felix Wilfred and Huang Po Ho
    BR 1065 A856 2018

  • The Talmud : a biography / Barry Scott Wimpfheimer
    BM 501 W655 2018

    The life and times of an enduring work of Jewish spirituality

    The Babylonian Talmud , a postbiblical Jewish text that is part scripture and part commentary, is an unlikely bestseller. Written in a hybrid of Hebrew and Aramaic, it is often ambiguous to the point of incomprehension, and its subject matter reflects a narrow scholasticism that should hardly have broad appeal. Yet the Talmud has remained in print for centuries and is more popular today than ever. Barry Scott Wimpfheimer tells the remarkable story of this ancient Jewish book and explains why it has endured for almost two millennia.

    Providing a concise biography of this quintessential work of rabbinic Judaism, Wimpfheimer takes readers from the Talmud 's prehistory in biblical and second-temple Judaism to its present-day use as a source of religious ideology, a model of different modes of rationality, and a totem of cultural identity. He describes the book's origins and structure, its centrality to Jewish law, its mixed reception history, and its golden renaissance in modernity. He explains why reading the Talmud can feel like being swept up in a river or lost in a maze, and why the Talmud has come to be venerated--but also excoriated and maligned--in the centuries since it first appeared.

    An incomparable introduction to a work of literature that has lived a full and varied life, this accessible book shows why the Talmud is at once a received source of traditional teachings, a touchstone of cultural authority, and a powerful symbol of Jewishness for both supporters and critics.


  • Closed doors, open minds : British Jewry's secret disputations / Meir Persoff ; foreword by Aubrey Newman
    BM 292 P47 2018
    For some twenty years from the late 1960s, and thereafter following a brief pause, representatives of British Jewry's religious orientations held closed-door meetings at the Chief Rabbi's residence in attempts to bridge their communal and halachic differences. So secret were they that barely a word broke through, and until now the details of their often fiery disputations - both verbally and in writing - have never been revealed. In an exclusive glimpse into this shrouded arena, "Closed Doors, Open Minds" presents an important new chapter in Meir Persoff's acclaimed series on the British Chief Rabbinate, deftly unraveling the manifold theological and ideological strands of its multi-hued tapestry.

  • The invention of religion : faith and covenant in the book of Exodus / Jan Assmann ; translated by Robert Savage
    BS 1245.52 A8813 2018

    A groundbreaking account of how the Book of Exodus shaped fundamental aspects of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    The Book of Exodus may be the most consequential story ever told. But its spectacular moments of heaven-sent plagues and parting seas overshadow its true significance, says Jan Assmann, a leading historian of ancient religion. The story of Moses guiding the enslaved children of Israel out of captivity to become God's chosen people is the foundation of an entirely new idea of religion, one that lives on today in many of the world's faiths. The Invention of Religion sheds new light on ancient scriptures to show how Exodus has shaped fundamental understandings of monotheistic practice and belief.

    Assmann delves into the enduring mythic power of the Exodus narrative, examining the text's compositional history and calling attention to distinctive motifs and dichotomies: enslavement and redemption; belief and doubt; proper worship and idolatry; loyalty and betrayal. Revelation is a central theme--the revelation of God's power in miracles, of God's presence in the burning bush, and of God's chosen dwelling among the Israelites in the vision of the tabernacle. Above all, it is God's covenant with Israel--the binding obligation of the Israelites to acknowledge God as their redeemer and obey His law--that is Exodus's most encompassing and transformative idea, one that challenged basic assumptions about humankind's relationship to the divine in the ancient world.

    The Invention of Religion is a powerful account of how ideas of faith, revelation, and covenant, first introduced in Exodus, shaped Judaism and were later adopted by Christianity and Islam to form the bedrock of the world's Abrahamic religions.


  • Reading the Bible intertextually / Richard B. Hays, Stefan Alkier, Leroy A. Huizenga, editors
    BS 511.3 R433 2009
    Reading the Bible Intertextually explores the revisionary hermeneutical practices of the writers of the four gospels. Each of the contributors examines the distinctive ways that the canonical evangelists put a particular "spin" on the story of Jesus through rereading the Old Testament in different ways. In addition, the evangelists' different ways of reading Israel's Scripture are correlated with different visions for the embodied life of the community of Jesus' followers. This is an exciting new reading of the gospels, bringing interdisciplinary and intertextual readings to the texts, articulated by some of the most brilliant New Testament scholars of our time.

  • Ekklesia : three inquiries in church and state / Paul Christopher Johnson, Pamela E. Klassen, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
    BR 500 E35 2018
    Ekklesia: Three Inquiries in Church and State offers a New World rejoinder to the largely Europe-centered academic discourse on church and state. In contrast to what is often assumed, in the Americas the relationship between church and state has not been one of freedom or separation but one of unstable and adaptable collusion. Ekklesia sees in the settler states of North and South America alternative patterns of conjoined religious and political power, patterns resulting from the undertow of other gods, other peoples, and other claims to sovereignty. These local challenges have led to a continuously contested attempt to realize a church-minded state, a state-minded church, and the systems that develop in their concert. The shifting borders of their separation and the episodic conjoining of church and state took new forms in both theory and practice.
    The first of a closely linked trio of essays is by Paul Johnson, and offers a new interpretation of the Brazilian community gathered at Canudos and its massacre in 1896-97, carried out as a joint churchstate mission and spectacle. In the second essay, Pamela Klassen argues that the colonial churchstate relationship of Canada came into being through local and national practices that emerged as Indigenous nations responded to and resisted becoming "possessions" of colonial British America. Finally, Winnifred Sullivan's essay begins with reflection on the increased effort within the United States to ban Bibles and scriptural references from death penalty courtrooms and jury rooms; she follows with a consideration of the political theological pressure thereby placed on the jury that decides between life and death. Through these three inquiries, Ekklesia takes up the familiar topos of "church and state" in order to render it strange.

  • Jewish materialism : the intellectual revolution of the 1870s / Eliyahu Stern
    BM 195 S74 2018

    A paradigm-shifting account of the modern Jewish experience, from one of the most creative young historians of his generation

    To understand the organizing framework of modern Judaism, Eliyahu Stern believes that we should look deeper and farther than the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel, and the influence and affluence of American Jewry. Against the revolutionary backdrop of mid-nineteenth-century Europe, Stern unearths the path that led a group of rabbis, scientists, communal leaders, and political upstarts to reconstruct the core tenets of Judaism and join the vanguard of twentieth-century revolutionary politics.

    In the face of dire poverty and rampant anti-Semitism, they mobilized Judaism for projects directed at ensuring the fair and equal distribution of resources in society. Their program drew as much from the universalism of Karl Marx and Charles Darwin as from the messianism and utopianism of biblical and Kabbalistic works. Once described as a religion consisting of rituals, reason, and rabbinics, Judaism was now also rooted in land, labor, and bodies. Exhaustively researched, this original, revisionist account challenges our standard narratives of nationalism, secularization, and de-Judaization.

  • Redefining perfect : the interplay between theology & disability / Amy E. Jacober ; foreword by Nick Palermo
    BV 4460 J336 2017
    Theology and disability have not always had an easy relationship. The interactions have ranged from downright hostile to indifferent or unintentionally excluding over the centuries. This theology book chooses instead to include those with disabilities after more than a decade of consideration and study. This results in a re-examination of major theological topics and the impact on the lives of those with disabilities, their family and friends, and the community at large. The focus of the book is to move the church beyond welcome to inclusion--where those with disabilities move from a guest of the community to equal and valued member of the community. While the book is about the theological inclusion of those with disabilities, its implications reach far beyond. It sets an approach for all people to find a place where they too may live in the fullness of Christian community. Stories of personal encounters are blended with explanations of doctrinal perspectives giving the reader a chance to connect knowledge with wisdom born from real life experience. ""Approaching the conclusion of her book, Jacober confesses she thought she was writing a book on theology and disability, only to discover that the focus on disability made her theology more faithful. I can only second that judgment by commending her book to be read not only for those concerned with disabilities, but for anyone who would think more faithfully about our theological commitments as Christians."" --Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School ""How might our all-too-human experience of disability in all of its variegatedness continue to shape, refine, and guide not just our thinking in general, but our deepest reflections and ideas about theology--even about God!? Redefining Perfect is effectively a re-systemization of the historical theological loci, albeit now brought into unexpected fullness and fruition by the perspectives of people with disabilities and their friends, family members, and caretakers. For each of these groups of persons surely, but also for all who wish to press more profoundly into important dimensions of life."" --Amos Yong, Fuller Seminary, author of The Bible, Disability & the Church ""Throughout her compelling book, Amy Jacober challenges prevailing notions of perfection and offers an alternative vision of where wholeness and flourishing can best be found. Drawing upon stories and Scripture, she asks us to adopt new postures and practices that fully affirm people with disabilities as indispensable members of the Body of Christ."" --Erik Carter, Vanderbilt University ""Redefining Perfect is a great introduction to many theological concepts addressing pastors and leaders. It would be a great resource for those new to disability issues who are just becoming acquainted with a theological understanding of disability, particularly in addressing many misconceptions. The book is filled with many helpful examples from Dr. Jacober's experience, particularly related to research she has done with families of individuals with disabilities. I love her description of perfection as being a complete community. That is a community that includes all people."" --Jeff McNair, California Baptist University Amy Jacober is a founding member and Director of Academics for the Sonoran Theological Group in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the author of The Adolescent Journey (2011) and The Pastor's Guide to Youth Ministry (2006).

  • The Oxford handbook of religion and violence / edited by Mark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts, and Michael Jerryson
    BL 65 V55 O94 2016
    Violence has always played a part in the religious imagination, from symbols and myths to legendary battles, from colossal wars to the theater of terrorism. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence surveys intersections between religion and violence throughout history and around the world.The forty original essays in this volume include overviews of major religious traditions, showing how violence is justified within the literary and theological foundations of the tradition, how it is used symbolically and in ritual practice, and how social acts of violence and warfare have beenjustified by religious ideas. The essays also examine patterns and themes relating to religious violence, such as sacrifice and martyrdom, which are explored in cross-disciplinary or regional analyses; and offer major analytic approaches, from literary to social scientific studies. The contributors to this volume - innovative thinkers who are forging new directions in theory and analysis related to religion and violence - provide novel insights into this important field of studies. By mapping out the whole field of religion and violence, The Oxford Handbook of Religion andViolence will prove an authoritative source for students and scholars for years to come.

  • Many monks across the sea : Church of the East monastic mission in ninth-century Asia / Steve Cochrane
    BX 157.2 C63 2017
    Many Monks across the Sea is a solid resource for scholars and practitioners on monastic praxis. It is about an embodied theology of mission that highlights an early case of monks having roles in their own wider society but also beyond it, 'across the sea'. This is part of a growing body of works that dispels the erroneous notion that monks like mystics were called principally for prayer and meditation in insulated communes. Monasteries were sites of serious scholarship and training but also of broader missional contacts and encounters. The book is a pleasure to read but, it is clearly a product of rigorous research and reflection. Dr David Singh, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies Steve Cochrane is not just a good historian and an excellent researcher, but has spent decades of his life in South Asia. His long first-hand experience with Muslim-Christian relations add another dimension to this book. In light of recent events, it is all the more important that many people discover how the two groups were able to co-exist peacefully in certain times and places. This book is not just about a distant past, but a powerful source of hope for the future. Dr Tom Bloomer, University of the Nations This book seeks to bring light to the Eastern Churches under early Islam, in order to reveal something of the vigour of Christianity where it has been overlooked or unexpected. It brings together existing scholarship and adds new, to provide a picture of a faith that sees the challenge of mission and meets it with integrity, courage and imagination. Prof. David Thomas, University of Birmingham Steve Cochrane (PhD, University of Middlesex), has worked in South Asia for over 30 years, especially in the area of Christian-Muslim relations. He presently works with the University of the Nations in the area of graduate studies development, based in both India and the United States.

  • Investigating Vatican II : its theologians, Ecumenical turn, and biblical commitment / Jared Wicks, SJ
    BX 830 1962 W445 2018
    Investigating Vatican II is a collection of Fr. Jared Wicks' recent articles on Vatican II, and presents the Second Vatican Council as an event to which theologians contributed in major ways and from which Catholic theology can gain enormous insights. Taken as a whole, the articles take the reader into the theological dynamics of Vatican II at key moments in the Council's historical unfolding. Wicks promotes a contemporary re-reception of Vatican II's theologically profound documents, especially as they featured God's incarnate and saving Word, laid down principles of Catholic ecumenical engagement, and articulated the church's turn to the modern world with a new "face" of respect and dedication to service.

    From the original motivations of Pope John XXIII in convoking the Council, Investigating Vatican II goes on to highlight the profound insights offered by theologians who served behind the scenes as Council experts. In its chapters, the book moves through the Council's working periods, drawing on the published and non-published records, with attention to the Council's dramas, crises, and breakthroughs. It brings to light the bases of Pope Francis's call for synodality in a listening church, while highlighting Vatican II's mandate to all of prayerful biblical reading, for fostering a vibrant "joy in the Gospel."

  • The first urban churches / edited by James R. Harrison and L.L. Welborn
    BV 637 F57 2015

  • Cleanliness in Islam : a comprehensive guide to Tahara / Remzi Kuşçular ; [translated by Süleyman Başaran]
    BP 184.4 K8713 2016
    Faith is perhaps mostly related with devotion in the heart and conviction in the mind both of which are abstract phenomena. Nevertheless, most duties in all religions call for physical cleanliness before or during the observation of a certain ritual. Cleanliness in Islam defines physical cleanliness in detail, for it is an obligation and a component of prescribed prayers in Islamic practice. Cleanliness has a lot to do with keeping ourselves and our environment safe from all kinds of filth. The book also gives prominence to the spiritual dimensions of cleanliness, like purifying the heart from what is bad and evil and keeping one's earnings untainted with illegitimate income. It emphasizes that purifying from physical filth and keeping the heart safe from spiritual impurities such as false beliefs and doctrines, associating partners with God, hypocrisy, and other sins are all religious and moralistic tasks that are inherent in humankind."

  • What does the Bible say? : a critical conversation with popular culture in a biblically illiterate world / Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg ; foreword by Catherine Faith MacLean
    BS 538.7 B43 2017
    This book is a collaboration between a biblical scholar (Mary Ann Beavis) and a practical theologian (HyeRan Kim-Cragg) who are concerned with the way that the Bible is portrayed and interpreted in popular culture, including but not limited to the movies. This concern points to a need for a conversation, examining what the Bible actually says, in order to uncover transformations and distortions of the biblical stories in the wider culture--including Christian culture. Our conversation is counter-cultural, not in an oppositional way, but taking an alternative posture that aims to provide different insights by drawing from and closely looking at the Bible. The chapters take a Christian canonical approach, articulating ""what the Bible says"" (and doesn't say) with regard to culturally pervasive themes such as sin and salvation, Christ and Antichrist, heaven and hell, in contrast to popular understandings as disseminated in (primarily) film, advertising, television, etc. We hope that together we will open up fertile academic, ecclesial, and secular space for disclosing loaded cultural and ideological views towards offering positive and intriguing insights embedded in the Bible. ""Are you looking for exciting new program ideas for your church's youth and young adult group leaders? A text to add cultural relevance to your courses on ministry or Bible study? A resource to recommend to graduates wishing to update their access to the latest biblical scholarship? Or a stimulating volume for yourself that, incidentally, requires you to watch a few movies? Look no further. To the rescue comes this offering from a pair of cross-disciplinary scholars who engage you in conversation, challenge you to re-examine your assumptions, and equip you with fresh understanding for your own teaching, ministry, and scholarship. That the volume's global reach includes specific contributions out of the Canadian context is simply that much bonus."" --Greer Anne Wenh-In Ng, Professor Emerita, Emmanuel College, Victoria University in the University of Toronto ""I recommend What Does the Bible Say? to pastors and church teachers as a fine resource to assist in focusing Bible study for the people of God. HyeRan Kim-Cragg and Mary Ann Beavis have courageously addressed some crucial theological and biblical issues facing the church. Through careful and engaging scholarship, they demonstrate to teachers how the richness of the biblical witness can be clarified and communicated. Indeed, they clarify 'what the Bible says' and help the people of God freshly and faithfully read the Bible."" --Jack L. Seymour, Professor of Religious Education, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Mary Ann Beavis is Professor of Religion and Culture at St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Canada. She is the author of many academic articles and several books. HyeRan Kim-Cragg is Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies at St. Andrew's College, Saskatoon, Canada. She is the author of Story and Song (2012) and the coauthor of several books, including The Encounters (2013), Hebrews (2015), and The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture in the United Church of Canada (2016).

  • Religion and education : comparative and international perspectives / edited by Malini Sivasubramaniam & Ruth Hayhoe
    BL 42 R435 2018

  • Peasants, prophets, & political economy : the Hebrew Bible in social perspective / Marvin L. Chaney
    BS 1182.6 C43 2017
    Contents 1 Ancient Palestinian Peasant Movements and the Formation of Premonarchic Israel 2 Joshua 3 Coveting Your Neighbor's House in Social Context 4 Systemic Study of the Israelite Monarchy 5 Debt Easement in Israelite History and Tradition 6 The Political Economy of Peasant Poverty 7 Bitter Bounty: The Dynamics of Political Economy Critiqued by the Eighth-Century Prophets 8 Whose Sour Grapes? The Addressees of Isaiah 5:1-7 9 Accusing Whom of What? Hosea's Rhetoric of Promiscuity 10 Producing Peasant Poverty: Debt Instruments in Amos 2:6b-8, 13-16 11 Micah--Models Matter: Political Economy and Micah 6:9-15 12 Review of Roland Boer, The Sacred Economy

  • The Methodist defense of women in ministry : a documentary history / Paul W. Chilcote
    BV 676 C47 2017
    John Wesley promoted the ministry of women in early Methodism. Amazing women like Phoebe Palmer, Catherine Booth, and Frances Willard--founding figures in the holiness movement, the Salvation Army, and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union--claimed biblical precedent for their groundbreaking ministries. They withstood the onslaught of criticism and hostility from those who thought they had stepped out of their proper sphere. Methodists have championed the cause of women and developed biblical, spiritual, and practical arguments for their ministry for two and a half centuries. More than fifty documents from the history of Methodism chronicle the tortuous journey leading to biblical equality in this family of churches. At a time when the ministry of women is under serious attack in a number of quarters, yet again, we all have much to learn from the witness of Wesleyan Christians who argued for women's ministry. This story illustrates how faithful women, when they knew they had the Lord's approval, stood like the beaten anvil to the stroke. Courage. Defiance. Perseverance. Faithfulness. These qualities define the Methodist defense of women in ministry.

  • Martin Luther : a wild boar in the Lord's vineyard / Mark Worthing
    BR 325 W59 2017
    Martin Luther: A Wild Boar in the Lord's Vineyard tells the story of one of the most eventful and extraordinary lives of the late medieval period. On 31 October 1517 an obscure German monk named Martin Luther posted 95 theses protesting the selling of indulgences. This single act brought him into inevitable conflict with both pope and emperor. The dispute that followed changed not only Luther's life, but also the religious and political face of Europe. This book offers the modern reader a concise and accessible account of Luther's remarkable life. It explores his passionate and fiery character, introduces us to a colourful cast of friends and enemies, and explains the complex politics of church and empire. Whether you agree or disagree with Luther, you will be left with little doubt that his life and thought have shaped the world in which we live - and in more ways than you may have thought.

  • Making sense of Old Testament genocide : Christian interpretations of herem passages / Christian Hofreiter
    BS 1199 V56 H64 2018
    The divine commands to annihilate the seven nations living in Canaan (to 'devote them to destruction', herem in Biblical Hebrew) are perhaps the most morally troubling texts of the Hebrew and Christian bibles. Making Sense of Old Testament Genocide: Christian Interpretations of Herem Passages addresses the challenges these texts pose. It presents the various ways in which interpreters from the first century to the twenty-first have attempted to make sense of them. The most troubling approach was no doubt to read them as divine sanction and inspiration for violence and war: the analysis of the use of herem texts in the crusades, the inquisition, and various colonial conquests illustrates this violent way of reading the texts, which has such alarming contemporary relevance. Three additional approaches can also be traced to antiquity, viz. pre-critical, non-literal, and divine-command-theory readings. Finally, critics of Christianity from antiquity via the Enlightenment to today have referenced herem texts: their critical voices are included as well.

    Christian Hofreiter combines a presentation of a wide range of historical sources with careful analysis that scrutinizes the arguments made and locates the texts in their wider contexts. Influential contributions of such well-known figures as Augustine, Origen, Gregory the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and John Calvin are included, as well as those of critics such as Marcion, Celsus and Matthew Tindal, and less widely known texts such as crusading histories, songs and sermons, colonial conquest accounts, and inquisition manuals. The book thus sheds new light on the ways in which these texts have shaped the thoughts and actions of their readers through the centuries, and offers pertinent insights into how readers might be able to make sense of them today.

  • Le patrimoine des communautés religieuses : empreintes et approches / sous la direction d'Étienne Berthold
    BX 2528 Q4 P38 2018
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