2012 University Press Books

 

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200-299 Religion


220.608

Fischer, Irmtraud and Mercedes Navarro Puerto (Editors), with Andrea Taschl-Erber

Torah

500 pp., 6" x 9", $59.95 paper, CIP included

November 2011

Society of Biblical Literature

This volume is the first in The Bible and Women series. The contributors explore the gendered significance of the canonical writings, the process of their canonization, and the social-historical background of ancient Near Eastern women's lives. They address a variety of texts and issues still relevant today, such as creation and male-female identity in the image of God, women's roles in the genealogies of the Pentateuch and in salvation history, the rights and responsibilities of women according to the Hebrew Bible's legal and ritual texts, and how archaeology and iconography can illustrate the texts of the Torah.

LC 2011044084, ISBN 9781589835641 (p.)

PLR: S


220.67

Eberhart, Christian A. (Editor)

Ritual and Metaphor: Sacrifice in the Bible

192 pp., 6" x 9", $23.95 paper, CIP included

November 2011

Society of Biblical Literature

The sanctuary and rituals that formed the heart of ancient Judaism ceased to exist a long time ago, yet their images and concepts, especially that of "sacrifice," have remained essential to the rhetoric of politics, religion, and secular culture. Pervasive sacrificial metaphors range from religious foundations for human ethics to attempts to glorify victims of military operations or natural disasters to much-debated ideas of vicarious atonement within Christianity. The essays in this volume deal with central aspects of sacrificial rituals and processes of metaphor development and spiritualization in Judaism and Christianity.

LC 2011039047, ISBN 9781589836013 (p.)

PLR: S


221.830

Kelle, Brad E., Frank Ritchel Ames, and Jacob L. Wright (Editors)

Interpreting Exile: Displacement and Deportation in Biblical and Modern Contexts

480 pp., 6" x 9", $57.95 paper, CIP included

October 2011

Society of Biblical Literature

Interpreting Exile considers forced displacement and deportation in ancient Israel and comparable modern contexts to offer insight into the realities of war and exile in ancient Israel and their representations in the Hebrew Bible. The essays, by scholars from various disciplines, explore cases drawn from a wide variety of ancient and modern settings and consider archaeological, anthropological, physical, and psychological realities, as well as biblical, literary, artistic, and iconographic representations of displacement and exile. The volume as a whole places Israel's experiences and expressions of forced displacement into the broader context of similar war-related phenomena from multiple contexts.

LC 2011039403, ISBN 9781589836044 (p.)

PLR: G


231.765

Mahoney, Jack

Christianity in Evolution: An Exploration

208 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $26.95 paper, CIP included

August 2011

Georgetown University Press

A bold and pioneering exploration of the revolutionary impact of evolution on traditional Christian beliefs. Sure to be controversial.

LC 2010051205, ISBN 9781589017696 (p.)

PLR: G


253.088

Curran, Charles E.

The Social Mission of the U.S. Catholic Church: A Theological Perspective

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

January 2011

Georgetown University Press

The Social Mission of the U.S. Catholic Church describes the proper role of bishops, institutions, and movements in the Church, but insists that the primary role belongs to all the baptized members of the Church as they live out the social mission in their daily lives.

LC 2010012974, ISBN 9781589017436 (p.)

PLR: S


261.835

Michaelson, Jay

God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality

232 pp., 6" x 9", $25.95 cloth, $16.00 paper, CIP included

October 2011

Beacon Press

The myth that the Bible forbids homosexuality—the myth of "God versus Gay"—is behind some of the most divisive and painful conflicts of our day. In this provocative, passionately argued, and game-changing book, scholar and activist Jay Michaelson shows that not only does the Bible not prohibit same-sex intimacy, but the vast majority of its teachings support the full equality and dignity of gay and lesbian people, from the first flaw it finds in creation...to the way religious communities grow through reflection and conscience. In short, Michaelson observes, religious people should support equality for gays and lesbians—not despite their religion, but because of it.

LC 2011012336, ISBN 9780807001592 (c.), ISBN 9780807001479 (p.)

PLR: O


269.209

Mahaffey, Jerome Dean

The Accidental Revolutionary: George Whitefield and the Creation of America

214 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2011

Baylor University Press

Patriots. Founding Fathers. Revolutionaries. For many Americans, the colonial heroes deserve special celebratory reverence. Yet while Washington's leadership, Franklin's writings, and Revere's ride captivate us, the inspiration and influence George Whitefield instilled within the revolutionary spirits of early Americans is regrettably unknown. In this refreshing biography...Mahaffey...moves beyond Whitefield's colonial celebrity to show how his rhetoric and ministry worked for freedom, situating Whitefield alongside the most revolutionary founders....The Accidental Revolutionary tells the story of this forgotten founder, who may not have realized the repercussions of his words....Mahaffey...shows that Whitefield converted colonists not just to Christianity but to a renewed sense of unification that ultimately made possible the American Revolution.

LC 2011004658, ISBN 9781602583917 (c.)

PLR: G


270.022

Duquesne, Jacques and François Lebrette

The History of the Church through 100 Masterpieces

225 pp., 6 1/2" x 8 1/2", illustrations, $29.95 paper, CIP included

June 2011

Duquesne University Press

The rich history of the Christian church—with its centuries of dramas, splendors, achievements, and controversies—has long been a source of inspiration for artists. The History of the Church has been designed to give that deeper meaning back to our experience of these paintings by providing insightful descriptions of the stories they purport to tell. Duquesne and Lebrette choose a beautiful array of works—some already well known to us as visual images—and discuss both the historical events and the religious and cultural background surrounding them.

LC 2011009631, ISBN 9780820704371 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLR: G


270.092

Duquesne, Jacques and François Lebrette

The Lives of the Saints through 100 Masterpieces

225 pp., 6 1/2" x 8 1/2", illustrations, $29.95 paper, CIP included

June 2011

Duquesne University Press

Throughout history, artists have often taken their inspiration from religious sources, stories, and imagery. The Lives of the Saints has been designed to look beyond the unquestioned artistic merit of the 100 pieces of artwork reproduced here—often quite well known to us as visual images—to deepen our appreciation of the meanings behind them. Brief descriptions of each piece recount the stories they represent and explain, further, the relevant religious, historical, and cultural context.

LC 2011007747, ISBN 9780820704364 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLR: O


287.609

Creech, Jimmy

Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor's Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays

376 pp., 6" x 9", 17 b&w photographs, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2011

Duke University Press

Adam's Gift is the story of United Methodist pastor Jimmy Creech's first-person account of the transformation of his life and ministry that resulted from a conversation with a longtime parishioner named Adam. When Adam said he was gay and was leaving the church, Creech re-evaluated his belief that homosexuality was a sin and researched the scriptural basis for the church's position.

LC 2010039876, ISBN 9780822348856 (c.)

PLR: G


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