2004 University Press Books

 

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200-299 Religion

200.92

Smith, Houston Edited by Phil Cousineau

The Way Things Are: Conversations with Houston Smith on the Spiritual Life

313 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2003

University of California Press

"Where can we find what is ultimately meaningful? How can we discover what is truly worth knowing?" In one form or another Houston Smith has been posing these questions to himself--and the world--all his life. The twenty-three interviews and essays in this volume offer a uniquely personal perspective on Smith's own personal journey, as well as wide-ranging reflection on the nature and importance of the religious quest. "The Way Things Are sparkles with philosophical insights, cross-cultural epiphanies, religious truths, memorable stories, and a wonderful batch of juicy quotations about the human adventure. This is a must-read."--Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Health

LC 2003000592, ISBN 0-520-23816-8

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


200.973

Oppenheimer, Mark

Knocking on Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture

304 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", 18 illus., $30.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2003

Yale University Press

"As the country's metamorphosed religious communities continue to weigh in on diverse social issues, readers will turn to this book for context and understanding."--Booklist (starred review). "Knocking on Heaven's Door provides a valuable historical service in 'de-exoticizing' the 1960s. Mark Oppenheimer argues, provocatively and persuasively, that the most dramatic and lasting impact of the era is to be found in the changes it brought, not to the margins, but to the mainstream of American culture."--Maurice Isserman, Hamilton College

LC 2003005802, ISBN 0-300-10024-8

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


220.52

Daniell, David

The Bible in English

920 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 51 illus., $40.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2003

Yale University Press

This book is a vibrant history of the more than 350 English translations of the Bible and what they meant to their translators, readers, and times. The fascinating story ranges from the translations of William Tyndale (who was martyred in 1536 for his work), to Coverdale's translation, the Geneva Bibles, the King James Bible, and the many American translations in the twentieth century. "A monumental summation of many years of research into the English Bible translations."--Euan Cameron, Times Literary Supplement

LC 2002153177, ISBN 0-300-09930-4

AASL: S/P

PLA: O


220.6

Buehrens, John

Understanding the Bible

216 pp., 6" x 9", maps, index, $24.00 cloth, CIP included

June 2003

Beacon Press

This book is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists. In making accessible some of the best contemporary historical, literary, political, and feminist readings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, it encourages all who would find in the biblical heritage an ally and not an enemy in the quest for a more just and humane world. Brief and to the point, it can easily be used to stimulate group discussions and personal reading of the biblical texts themselves, and is an excellent introduction of the Judeo-Christian tradition for those of other faiths.

LC 2003001438, ISBN 0-8070-1052-9

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


221.95

Borowski, Oded

Daily Life in Biblical Times

160 pp., 6" x 9", 5 halftones, 13 line illus., 3 maps, indexes, $80.00 cloth, $15.95 paper, CIP included

July 2003

Society of Biblical Literature (co-published with Brill Academic Publishers)

How did ancient Israelites live? What did people do for a living? What did they eat and what affected their health? How did the family function? To answer these and similar questions Borowski describes the natural setting and the people who occupied the land, rural and urban economic activities such as agriculture, herding, and trade, the family and the social-political structure. Other topics include urban society, the bureaucracy and the military. The book delves into daily and seasonal cultural, social and religious activities, art, music, and the place of writing in Israelite society.

LC 2003012930, ISBN 90-04-12707-0 (c.), ISBN 1-58983-042-3 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


224.92

Gaines, Janet Howe

Forgiveness in a Wounded World: Jonah's Dilemma

192 pp., 6" x 9", bibliographical references, index, $95.00 cloth, $26.95 paper, CIP included

August 2003

Society of Biblical Literature (co-published with Brill Academic Publishers)

The story of the prophet Jonah swallowed by the giant fish is simple enough to delight a child and complex enough to confound a scholar. Contemporary people hesitate, like Jonah, when trying to accept or imitate a model of divine forgiveness. This book culminates in a dialogue, informed by the best of modern biblical scholarship, between Jonah and modern dilemmas of forgiveness in accounts from the Jewish Holocaust and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The author illumines Jonah's dilemma with literature from Henri Nouwen to Herman Melville, from the Talmud to Greek myth.

LC 2003011519, ISBN 90-04-12735-6 (c.), ISBN 1-58983-077-6 (p.)

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: G


228.06

Barr, David L.

Reading the Book of Revelation: A Resource for Students

212 pp., 6" x 9", bibliographical references, index, $93.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

October 2003

Society of Biblical Literature (co-published with Brill Academic Publishers)

The Apocalypse lends itself to multivalent readings, and this volume fills a gap by discussing how different interpretive methods can be applied. Using historical, literary, and social analysis in combination with such strategies as social-conflict theory, philosophy, women's studies, ethics, history of religions, postcolonial studies, and popular culture, the essays focus on specific texts and show not only how each strategy helps interpret the text but also how diverse methods produce divergent readings.

LC 2003004535, ISBN 90-04-12718-6 (c.), ISBN 1-58983-056-3 (p.)

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: G


230.097

Holifield, E. Brooks

Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War

624 pp., 6 1/8 " x 9 1/4", $35.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2003

Yale University Press

In this book, Holifield examines mainstream Protestant and Catholic traditions as well as those of more marginal groups. He looks closely at the intricacies of American theology from 1636 to 1865 and considers the social and institutional settings for religious thought during this period. The book explores a range of themes, including the strand of Christian thought that sought to demonstrate the reasonableness of Christianity, the place of American theology within the larger European setting, the social location of theology in early America, and the special importance of the Calvinist traditions in the development of American theology. The most comprehensive survey of early American Christian theology ever written.

LC 2003042289, ISBN 0-300-09574-0

PLA: O


238

Pelikan, Jaroslav

Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition

624 pp., 7" x 10", $37.50 cloth, CIP included

September 2003

Yale University Press

In this remarkable book, Jaroslav Pelikan addresses essential questions about the Christian tradition: the origins of creeds; their function; their political role; how they relate to Christian institutions, worship, and service; and how they help to explain the major divisions of the Christian church and of Christian history. "Jaroslav Pelikan has written a work which is likely to become a-perhaps the-major resource on the development of Christian creeds and confessions for both scholars and ecumenists alike."--The Right Reverend Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe

LC 2003043067, ISBN 0-300-09388-8

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: S


241

Waters, Brent and Ronald Cole-Turner (Editors)

God and the Embryo: Religious Voices on Stem Cells and Cloning

240 pp., 6" x 9", index, $26.95 paper, CIP included

July 2003

Georgetown University Press

This anthology on how religious perspectives can inform the difficult issues of stem cell research and human cloning is essential to the discussion. Contributors reflect the spectrum of Christian responses, from liberal Protestant to evangelical to Roman Catholic. The noted moral philosopher, Laurie Zoloth, offers a Jewish approach to cloning, and Sondra Wheeler contributes her perspective on both Jewish and Christian understandings of embryonic stem cell research.

LC 2003006470, ISBN 0-87840-998-X

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: not reviewed


261.8

Doss, Joe Morris

Let the Bastards Go: From Cuba to Freedom on God's Mercy

279 pp., 6" x 9", introduction, appendix, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2003

Louisiana State University Press

When Fidel Castro opened the Cuban port at Mariel in 1980, Fathers Joe Doss and Leo Frade stepped into the unlikely role of rescuers and delivered over four hundred émigrés to freedom. "Father Doss recounts an extraordinary mission accomplished by faith, courage, and an unwillingness to accept defeat."--Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. "A riveting account of the passion and commitment of two Christian pastors to obey God rather than man in delivering their fellows from repression."--Archbishop Desmond Tutu

LC 2002013427, ISBN 0-8071-2854-6

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


261.832

Bane, Mary Jo and Lawrence M. Mead

Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty, and Welfare Reform

179 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $16.95 paper, CIP included

October 2003

Brookings Institution Press

Two of the nation's foremost scholars and policy advocates bring their faith traditions, policy experience, academic expertise, and political commitments together in this moving, pointed, and informed discussion about poverty, its causes and cures.

LC 2003020358, ISBN 0-8157-0791-6

PLA: G


271.77

Pujo, Bernard Translated by Gertrud Graubart Champe

Vincent de Paul, the Trailblazer

352 pp., 6" x 9 1/4", translator's note, appendixes, notes, index, $40.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2003

University of Notre Dame Press

"... Pujo carefully documents Vincent's transformation from seeking a comfortable church benefice to recognizing the poor as one's masters. Pujo, unlike most previous biographers, emphasizes the wide historical contexts of Vincent's vision of service. Well written and translated, this fine religious biography is recommended for public and academic libraries."--Library Journal (September 15, 2003)

LC 2003012368, ISBN 0-268-04361-2

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


277.3

Smith, R. Drew (Editor)

New Day Begun: African American Churches and Civic Culture in Post-Civil Rights America

328 pp., 6" x 9", 29 illus., notes, appendix, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2003

Duke University Press

This volume presents the findings of the first major research project on black churches' civic involvement since C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya's landmark study The Black Church in the African American Experience. This collection analyzes the results of an unprecedented survey of nearly 2,000 African American churches across the country conducted by The Public Influences of African American Churches Project (based at Morehouse College).

LC 2002152634, ISBN 0-8223-3131-4

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


282.082

Ebest, Sally Barr and Ron Ebest Forward by Sandra M. Gilbert

Reconciling Catholicism and Feminism? Personal Reflections on Tradition and Change

320 pp., 6" x 9", index, $50.00 cloth, $25.00 paper, CIP included

October 2003

University of Notre Dame Press

In this timely collection of essays, twenty-two widely respected writers, historians, theologians, and feminists thoughtfully reflect on their own personal experiences with the Catholic Church. "Good Catholic girls and great catholic women make feminism and Catholicism anything but a contradiction in terms. Authors of these essays demonstrate that the combination is a vital source for personal integration and social/ecclesial change. Feminist Catholicism proves that religions are dynamic activities indeed."--Mary E. Hunt, Co-director of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)

LC 2003009071, ISBN 0-268-04014-1 (c.), ISBN 0-268-04020-6 (p.)

PLA: S


282.092

Dunne, John S.

A Journey with God in Time: A Spiritual Quest

136 pp., 6" x 8", 4 color illus., notes, $25.00 cloth, $15.00 paper, CIP included

October 2003

University of Notre Dame Press

In this unique autobiography, John Dunne meditates on what it is to love God with all one's mind, might, heart, and soul. Dunne's captivating prose connects contemporary theology with the very real life experiences of finding, losing, and living love. Centered around pivotal moments at various stages in his life, A Journey with God in Time uses the grist of Dunne's experiences to plumb new theological and spiritual depths. "For all those who remain fascinated with the challenge of loving God with heart, mind, body, and soul, this is required reading."--Spirituality & Health (December 2, 2003)

LC 2003017884, ISBN 0-268-02562-2 (c.), ISBN 0-268-02563-0 (p.)

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: G


284.1

Neumark, Heidi

Breathing Space

286 pp., 6" x 9", $25.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2003

Beacon Press

Breathing Space is the story of a young woman and the nearly twenty years she has now spent ministering with a Hispanic and African-American Lutheran church, aptly named the Transfiguration. Despite living and working in a milieu of overwhelming poverty and violence, Neumark encounters even more powerful forces of hope and renewal. Through poignant, intimate stories, Neumark charts her journey alongside her parishioners, as pastor, church, and community grow in wisdom and together experience transformation.

LC 2003006201, ISBN 0-8070-7256-7

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: R


285.809

Marsden, George M.

Jonathan Edwards: A Life

640 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 30 illus., $35.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2003

Yale University Press

"Marsden's elegant prose and vivid, vivacious storytelling brings Edwards to life. This magisterial and definitive biography reveals the complexities of Edwards and provides new appreciation for his commitment to fostering religious sensibilities in the increasingly secular world of his time. This is a beautifully written book about one of America's most important thinkers."--Publishers Weekly (starred review). "A volume that will stand for generations."--Choice

LC 2002013611, ISBN 0-300-09693-3

PLA: O


289.9

McCauley, Deborah and Laura E. Porter, with Patricia Parker Brunner Photographs by Warren E. Brunner

Mountain Holiness: A Photographic Narrative

210 pp., 8" x 10", 349 photos, 1 map, $28.00 paper, CIP included

March 2003

University of Tennessee Press

Featuring 349 photographs, this book offers an intimate look at Holiness people and their worship practices in central Appalachia. Their small, independent churches have remained unrecognized by America's dominant religious cultures, but this book seeks to appreciate them in their own setting and in the context of American religious history.

LC 2002009062, ISBN 1-57233-208-5

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: RS


291.1

Neusner, Jacob (Editor)

God's Rule: The Politics of World Religions

288 pp., 6" x 9", index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2003

Georgetown University Press

Resisting the tendency to separate the study of religion and politics, editor Jacob Neusner pulls together a collection of ten essays in which various authors explain and explore the relationship between the world's major religions and political power. Beginning with the classical sources and texts of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism and Hinduism, God's Rule begins to explore the complex nature of how each religion shapes political power, and how religion shapes itself in relation to that power.

LC 2002013810, ISBN 0-87840-910-6

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: not reviewed


291.1

Warner, Marina

World of Myths

424 pp., 7" x 9 1/2", illus., $35.00 cloth

September 2003

University of Texas Press

This book is a compilation edition of five titles from the successful series The Legendary Past: Egyptian Myths, Greek Myths, Roman Myths, Celtic Myths, and Norse Myths. Each author describes the cultural background, written sources, and continuing legacy of the major myths, illustrated throughout by archaeological and artistic evidence.

LC 2003042639, ISBN 0-292-70204-3

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


291.175

Barr, Stephen M.

Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

328 pp., 6" x 9", illus., appendices, notes, index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2003

University of Notre Dame Press

"The author's ability to explain complex scientific theory in an enlightening manner makes [this] book worth reading even for people who reject on its face any religion-versus-science debate. Skeptics will feel themselves pulled by the clarity and logic of Barr's discussions. His description of entropy, illustrated by how energy is dissipated by a rolling ball, is beautiful in its simplicity and hard-hitting in its conclusion."--ForeWord (Spring 2003)

LC 2002151565, ISBN 0-268-03471-0

PLA: S


291.178

Lännström, Anna (Editor)

Promise and Peril: The Paradox of Religion as Resource and Threat

144 pp., 6" x 9", author index, subject index, $20.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2003

University of Notre Dame Press

Promise and Peril delivers current analyses of the major religious conflicts in the world, including eye-opening assessments by leading academics and journalists of hot-button issues such as fundamentalism, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the growing hostility between Pakistan and India. This essential volume also turns its attention to lesser-known religious threats such as the new Japanese religion Aum Shinrikyô ,which in 1995 unleashed the nerve gas sarin on a crowded Tokyo subway. "An accessible and timely examination of religious fundamentalisms and the violence they often generate."--Conscience (Summer 2003, Vol. 24, No. 2)

LC 2002151563, ISBN 0-268-03825-2

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: O


292.13

Lefkowitz, Mary

Greek Gods, Human Lives: What We Can Learn from Myths

352 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 53 b&w illus., 2 maps, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2003

Yale University Press

"With exacting scholarship, expansive scope, and the courage to call a pagan a pagan, the distinguished classicist Mary Lefkowitz displays the lives of the ancient gods in relationship to our own. The ancient gods are always with us, captivating us with their legends, seducing us with their visitations, and forcing us to admit that we are nothing more, and nothing less, than simply human."--Robert Fagles, translator of The Iliad and The Odyssey

LC 2003010659, ISBN 0-300-10145-7

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: S


292.13

Newman, Harold and Jon O. Newman

A Genealogical Chart of Greek Mythology

272 pp., 16" x 10 3/4", appendices, index, $75.00 cloth, CIP included

June 2003

The University of North Carolina Press

This unique work is the first comprehensive genealogical chart of the figures of Greek mythology that can be shown to be related. The product of more than 35 years of research, the 72-page continuous chart links 3,673 named figures into a single family tree spanning 20 generations. An 80-page index provides ancient source citations and indicates locations on the chart. "Something absolutely new in the world of scholarship and reference....This long-overdue, very authoritative reference book should find a place in every research and academic library."--Elizabeth L. Diefendorf, Chief Librarian, General Research Division, New York Public Library

LC 2002043574, ISBN 0-8078-2790-8

PLA: S


292.13

Woff, Richard

A Pocket Dictionary of Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses

48 pp., 5" x 7", 55 illus., $9.95 paper

September 2003

Getty Publications

This handy, portable reference book includes individual entries on more than forty of the most frequently represented gods and goddesses, as well as related mythical creatures, such as Fates and Furies, and lesser-known gods from outlying areas of the Graeco-Roman world. Woff concisely presents the defining exploits and attributes of these colorful characters and illustrates their stories with a variety of art works-including ancient vases, paintings, sculptures, terra-cottas, and coins-that dramatically depict their lives.

LC 2002116725, ISBN 089236-706-7

AASL: O/EM, MS, JHS, HS

PLA: G


292.13

Zuffi, Stefano (Editor) Translated by Thomas Michael Hartman

Gospel Figures in Art

384 pp., 5 1/4" x 7 3/4", 400 illus., $24.95 paper

September 2003

Getty Publications

Gospel Figures in Art brings the icons and narratives of sacred Western art to life as the author analyzes more than two hundred paintings depicting the principal figures and events in the life of Jesus. Sections are devoted to Jesus' family and to his followers, the evangelists, as well as to the major turning points in his life: his birth and baptism, his public life, the miracles and good deeds he performed, his crucifixion, his resurrection, and the events that followed.

LC 2003005585, ISBN 089236-727-X

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


296

Raphael, Marc Lee

Judaism in America

256 pp., 6" x 9 1/4", 30 photos, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

August 2003

Columbia University Press

Jews have been a religious and cultural presence in America since the colonial era, and the community of Jews in the United States today-some six million people-continues to make a significant contribution to the American religious landscape. Emphasizing developments in American Judaism in the last quarter century among active participants in Jewish worship, this book provides both a look back into the history of Judaic life and a well-crafted portrait of a multifaceted tradition today. Raphael's study distinguishes itself as both a history of the Judaic tradition and a witness to the vitality and variety of contemporary American Judaic life.

LC 2003041010, ISBN 0-231-12060-5

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


296.4

Rubin, Steven J. (Editor)

Celebrating the Jewish Holidays: Stories, Poems, Essays

448 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", $29.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2003

Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England

"This collection of brief primary sources features some of Judaism's most celebrated figures reflecting about the Sabbath and the Jewish holidays. Issac Bashevis Singer's poignant short story 'The Weekday Mother and the Sabbath Mother' stands cheek-by-jowl with poetry by Issac Lurie and Emma Lazarus, snippets of memoir by Chaim Potok, Elie Weisel and Golda Meir and fiction excerpts from Tova Mirvis and Sholom Aleichem. It's a rich and varied collection...This literary reader gives new meaning to the Jewish holidays by offering imaginative, individual interpretations of ancient rites."--Publishers Weekly

LC 2002151143, ISBN 1-58465-184-9

AASL: G/MS, JHS, HS, P

PLA: O


297.27-dc21

Abu-Nimer, Mohammed

Nonviolence and Peace Building in Islam: Theory and Practice

256 pp., 6" x 9", notes, bibliog., index, $55.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2003

University Press of Florida

Written by a Muslim scholar, lecturer, and trainer in conflict resolution, this book examines the largely unexplored theme of nonviolence and peace building in Islamic religion, tradition, and culture. He addresses the challenges that face the utilization of peace building and nonviolent strategies in an Islamic context and explores these challenges on both local and global levels. Through a discussion of the structural and cultural obstacles to peace building and nonviolence, the author explains the gap between Islamic values and ideals and their applications in day-to-day life.

LC 2002043033, ISBN 0-8130-2595-8

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: S


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