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  • Irony in the Matthean Passion Narrativeby InHee C. Berg

    Fortress Press 2014; US$ 38.99

    Irony (as used here) is a rhetorical and literary device for revealing “what is hidden behind what is seen.” It thus offers the reader a superior understanding by means of the distinction between reality and its shadow. The book provides a history of different definitions of irony, from Aristophanes to Booth; discusses the constitutive formal elements... more...

  • Practices of Powerby Robert Ewusie Moses

    Fortress Press 2014; US$ 54.99

    How did the powers “work” in the Pauline community? Robert Ewusie Moses argues that Paul's conception of the powers is best understood through examining the practices he advocates for the early believers. In this detailed study, Moses shows that Paul believed certain practices guarded believers from the dominion of the powers while others exposed... more...

  • Silence and Praiseby Ryan Leif Hansen

    Fortress Press 2014; US$ 38.99

    In Silence and Praise, Ryan Leif Hansen begins with the premise that cosmology is a central focus in John’s Apocalypse. However, John’s intention in reflecting theologically on the nature, existence, and destiny of the created world is not in order to explicate a stable system. Rather, John’s cosmological thought is employed for persuasive purposes... more...

  • Teaching All Nationsby Mitzi J. Smith; Jayachitra Lalitha

    Fortress Press 2014; US$ 48.99

    That Christian missionary efforts have long gone hand-in-hand with European colonization and American imperialist expansion. The role played in those efforts by the “Great Commission” – the risen Christ’s command to “teach all nations” – has more often been observed than analyzed. With the rise of European colonialism, the Great Commission was suddenly... more...

  • Women's Socioeconomic Status and Religious Leadership in Asia Minorby Katherine Bain

    Fortress Press 2014; US$ 48.99

    Moving beyond discussions of patriarchy and prescribed “women’s roles” in the Roman world, Katherine Bain explores what inscriptional data from Asia Minor can tell us about the actual socioeconomic status of women in the first and second centuries C.E. Her findings suggest that outside of the prescriptive lenses of the upper classes, women were described,... more...

  • How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christianby John Dominic Crossan

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 17.99

    The acclaimed Bible scholar and author of The Historical Jesus and God & Empire —“the greatest New Testament scholar of our generation” (John Shelby Spong) —grapples with Scripture’s two conflicting visions of Jesus and God, one of a loving God, and one of a vengeful God, and explains how Christians can better understand these passages in a way... more...

  • Encountering the Book of Romans (Encountering Biblical Studies)by Douglas J. Moo; Walter Elwell

    Baker Publishing Group 2014; US$ 27.99

    This updated edition offers a guide to the Book of Romans that is informed by current scholarship and written at an accessible level. more...

  • Idols of Nationsby Roland Boer; Christina Petterson

    Fortress Press 2014; US$ 28.99

    Roland Boer and Christina Petterson here produce a critical survey showing that the rise of capitalist theory was shaped by the way different economic philosophers—Smith, Hobbes, Grotius, Malthus, Locke––read the Bible. Invoking Jeremiah (14:22) and Adam Smith—who took the title of his Wealth of Nations from Isaiah (61:6, 12)—they show that early... more...

  • How to Read the Bibleby Harvey Cox

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 11.99

    Renowned religion expert and Harvard Divinity School professor Harvey Cox deepens our experience of the Bible, revealing the three primary ways we read it, why each is important, and how we can integrate these approaches for a richer understanding and appreciation of key texts throughout the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is the heart of devotional... more...

  • A Compact Guide to the Whole Bibleby Robert W. Wall; David R. Nienhuis

    Baker Publishing Group 2015; US$ 17.99

    This compact, one-semester introduction to the Bible prepares students to begin reading the biblical text as Christian Scripture. more...