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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...

  • Inventing Hellby Jon M. Sweeney

    FaithWords 2014; US$ 23.47

    Hell: The word means terror, darkness, and eternal separation from God. Some people think the Bible is clear about hell, but what if they're mistaken? With gripping narrative and solid scholarship, Sweeney charts hell's "evolution" from the Old Testament underworld Sheol, through history and literature, to the greatest influencer of all: Dante's... more...

  • Inventing Hellby Jon M. Sweeney

    FaithWords 2014; Not Available

    Hell: The word means terror, darkness, and eternal separation from God. Some people think the Bible is clear about hell, but what if they're mistaken? With gripping narrative and solid scholarship, Sweeney charts hell's "evolution" from the Old Testament underworld Sheol, through history and literature, to the greatest influencer of all: Dante's... more...

  • Scripting Jesusby L. Michael White

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    In Scripting Jesus , Michael White, famed scholar of early Christian history, reveals how the gospel stories of Jesus were never meant to be straightforward historical accounts, but rather were scripted and honed as performance pieces for four different audiences with four different theological agendas. As he did as a featured presenter in two award-winning... more...

  • Liberating the Gospelsby John Shelby Spong

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    In this boldest book since Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, Bishop John Shelby Spong offers a compelling view of the Gospels as thoroughly Jewish tests.Spong powerfully argues that many of the key Gospel accounts of events in the life of Jesus?from the stories of his birth to his physical resurrection?are not literally true. He offers convincing... more...

  • A New Christianity for a New Worldby John Shelby Spong

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    In his bestselling book Why Christianity Must Change or Die, Bishop John Shelby Spong described the toxins that are poisoning the Church. Now he offers the antidote, calling Christians everywhere into a new and radical reformation for a new age. Spong looks beyond traditional boundaries to open new avenues and a new vocabulary into the Holy, proposing... more...