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Month: February 2021

New Titles Tuesday, February 23

Here is a selection of new titles added to the collection over the past three weeks of February.

 A history of theology /Yves Congar ; translated and edited by Hunter Guthrie, S.J. A new edition of Congar’s A History of Theology, which was originally published in the 1960s. Congar is widely recognised as one of the most important theologians of the twentieth-century and major influence on the theology of the documents of Vatican II

Art and the Bible: two essays /Francis A. Schaeffer ; foreword by Michael Card. The author first examines the scriptural record of the use of various art forms, and then establishes a Christian perspective on art. With clarity and vigor, Schaeffer explains why “the Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.”

Bonhoeffer and the racialized church /Ross E. Halbach. Engages Bonhoeffer on the role of the church in confronting racism through contemporary theologies of race.

 Business for transformation: getting started /Patrick Lai. This book draws on years of experience from scores of OPEN workers who are BAM/B4T practitioners. BAM/B4T are among the faster growing segments of the worldwide mission movement. It is written for new workers and coaches who need practical guidance in setting up and doing business in hard, churchless areas.

 Claiming notability for women activists in religion /edited by Colleen D. Hartung. Volume one of this series presents the biographies of women activists who have worked as coalition builders, collaborators, mentors, and facilitators of resistance movements.  This volume focuses on the concept of notability, used as a standard for inclusion on the Wikipedia platform.  Authors variously challenge and extend this benchmark in their coverage of unrecognized, yet noteworthy, women.  This critical engagement helps to move the dial on gender bias within the biographical coverage of women.

Collected shorter plays /Samuel Beckett. Plays explore themes such as the manipulation of people by each other, the state’s enslavement of a man, and the hopes and guilts in a man’s past.

Death and the maiden /Ariel Dorfman. Gerardo, a lawyer, is asked to investigate the crimes of a dictatorship, while Paulina, his wife, recognizes Roberto as her torturer.

Krapp’s last tape: and other dramatic pieces /Samuel Beckett. Krapp’s last tape is a monologue of a man who, after 30 years, plays back the autobiographical tape he had recorded on his 39th birthday. All that fall is about the pilgrimage of an old Irish woman to meet her blind, grumbling husband at the train. In Embers, an old man and his wife ramble on and on. In Act without words I, a man responds to inviting off-stage whistles only to be thrown back from the wings. Act without words II has two men emerging from sacks to perform corresponding motions of living.

 Muslim insider Christ followers: their theological and missional frames /Jan Hendrik Prenger. Prenger researched the views of 26 Muslim insider Christ followers who are leaders in their movements. You will be surprised by their insights. Prenger presents their views on 21 theology-proper topics such as God, man, the gospel, sin, Satan, the cross, heaven and hell, the Bible, and our mandate. He plotted these views in a theological/missional framework with four paradigms: Fundamental, Ecumenical, Integral, and Global.

The critical edition of Q: synopsis including the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Mark and Thomas with English, German, and French translations of Q and Thomas /edited by James M. Robinson, Paul Hoffmann, John S. Kloppenborg, Milton C. Moreland. This critical text edition includes an introduction; the running text of Q; new translations of Q in English, German, and French; the fully formatted Greek text of Q with parallels in Matthew, Luke, Mark, Gospel of Thomas, and other gospels wherever relevant; a concordance; and a bibliography.

The great Shakespeare jubilee. How a three-day Shakespeare celebration, organized in September, 1769 by David Garrick, turned into a comedy of errors and mismanagement.

The Song of Songs: a commentary on the Book of Canticles or the Song of Songs /by Roland E. Murphy ; edited by S. Dean McBride, Jr. Murphy offers a representative sounding in the major periods of the Song’s exegetical history. Attention is given to the hermeneutical principles operative in the development of Jewish and Christian exposition. Murphy examines the literary character and structure of the Song, aspects of its composition and style, and its meaning and theological significance.

New Titles Tuesday,, February 2

Here is a sample of new titles added to the catalogue in the past week

 A light so lovely: the spiritual legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time /by Sarah Arthur. L”Engle, was known the world round for her imaginative spirit and stories. She was also known to spark controversy – too Christian for some, too unorthodox for others. A Light So Lovely paints a vivid portrait of this enigmatic icon”s spiritual legacy, starting with her inner world and expanding into fresh reflections of her writing for readers today.

 African Christian leadership: realities, opportunities, and impact /by edited by Robert J. Priest and Kirimi Barine. Featuring input from over 8,000 African survey participants and 57 in-depth interviews, it provides invaluable insight and concise analysis of the dynamics of the development of African Christian leaders today.

 Beyond measure: the poetics of the image in Bernard of Clairvaux /by Isaac Slater, OCSO. A study of the literary, philosophical, and theological strands densely interwoven through the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. His apparent iconoclasm with respect to art, affectivity, and the humanity of Jesus is revealed as an alternative mystical aesthetic, congruent with his program for monastic reform.

 Biblical interpretation in early Christian Gospels.|nVolume 4,|pThe gospel of John /by edited by Thomas R. Hatina. TWU AUTHOR. Hatina’s latest edited collection begins with an introduction surveying methodological approaches used in the study of how scriptural allusions, quotations, and references function in John, with subsequent essays grouped into four categories that represent the breadth of current interpretive interests. Each study contains not only recent research on the function of scripture in John, but also an explanation of the approach taken, making the collection an ideal resource for both scholars and students who are interested in the complexities of interpretation in John’s context as well as our own.

 Dead Sea Scrolls, revise and repeat: new methods and perspectives /by edited by Carmen Palmer, Andrew R. Krause, Eileen Schuller, and John Screnock. (TWU AUTHOR) This book examines the identity of the Qumran movement by reassessing former conclusions and bringing new methodologies to the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The essays in this volume reassess the categorization of rule texts, the reuse of scripture, the significance of angelic fellowship, the varieties of calendrical use, and celibacy within the Qumran movement. Contributors consider identity in the Dead Sea Scrolls from new interdisciplinary perspectives, including spatial theory, legal theory, historical linguistics, ethnicity theory, cognitive literary theory, monster theory, and masculinity theory.

Defending shame: its formative power in Paul’s letters /by Te-Li Lau ; foreword by Luke Timothy Johnson. Explores the Apostle Paul’s use of shame and reclaims its positive usage for moral formation.

 Disruptive leadership: Apple and the technology of caring deeply : nine keys to organizational excellence and global impact /by Rich Kao. In this highly readable and engaging book, a disruptive leadership framework is proposed in which caring deeply is placed at the center of the model. By turning care into a focal point, a triphasic model is proposed that moves from the personal sphere (individual), to the corporate arena (organizational), and then to the global stage (impact). Apple is profiled as a leading example of leveraging what is termed the technology of caring deeply. Other companies, such as Nike, IKEA, Zappos, Starbucks are also profiled. Finally, a leadership canvas is provided to help activate the lessons shared in the book.

Embody: five keys to leading with integrity /by Karoline M. Lewis. Embody your Christian beliefs in every decision, every act of ministry leadership.

 Embodying integration: a fresh look at Christianity in the therapy room /by Megan Anna Neff and Mark R. McMinn. A fresh look at integration in a postmodern world. Modeling how to engage hard questions, they consider how different theological views, gendered perspectives, and cultures integrate with psychology and counseling.

For the joy: 21 missionary mother stories of real life & faith /by edited by Miriam Chan and Sophia Russell. Dive in to For the Joy and laugh and cry with 21 Australian missionary mothers as they share stories of raising kids in both remote far-flung places and some of the most populated cities in the world. These inspiring stories will resonate in the heart of the reader as fear, faith, and figuring it out come together in page-turning reality. Stories include: home-schooling while living in a bus, navigating the toddler years as a “third culture mum”, raising a child with special needs, recovering from anxiety on the field, giving birth in a foreign hospital, the grief of losing your family to persecution … and more! Honestly written, raw in emotion, sad and joyful in equal measure, this collection of stories offers insight into the complexities of parenting children while serving God no matter where you call home

 How the Qur’an interprets the Bible: comparing Islamic, Jewish, and Christian scriptures /by John Kaltner, Christopher G. Frechette. Introduces readers to the Qur’an by exploring how Islamic as well as Jewish and Christian scriptures convey meaning by drawing on traditions about some of the most well-known characters found in both texts.

In stone and story: early Christianity in the Roman world /by Bruce W. Longenecker. This beautifully designed, full-color textbook introduces the Roman background of the New Testament by immersing students in the life and culture of the thriving first-century towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which act as showpieces of the world into which the early Christian movement was spreading.

 Paul and the resurrected body: social identity and ethical practice /by Matt O’Reilly  O’Reilly makes the case that the social dimension of future bodily resurrection is just as important, if not more so, than individual salvation and resurrection. Through a close reading of key, O’Reilly argues that resurrection is integral to Paul’s understanding of Christian social identity. In Paul’s theological reasoning, a believer’s hope for the future depends on being identified as part of the people of God who will be resurrected.

Reading the Bible with giants: how 2000 years of biblical interpretation can shed light on old texts /by David Paul Parris. Using reception theory, the goal of Reading the Bible with Giants is to bring our tradition of biblical interpretation into our dialogue with the text in order to engage the contemporary reader, the Bible and the history of its interpretation in a three-way dialogue.

 Recovering from the Anabaptist vision: new essays in Anabaptist identity and theological method /by edited by Laura Schmidt Roberts, Paul Martens & Myron A. Penner. TWU AUTHOR  This volume performs a critical and vibrant reconstruction of Anabaptist identity and theological method, in the wake of the recent revelations of the depth of the sexual abuse perpetrated by the most influential Anabaptist theologian of the 20th century, John Howard Yoder. In an attempt to liberate Anabaptist theology and identity from the constricting vision appropriated and reformulated by Yoder, these essays refuse the determinative categories of the last half century supplied by and carried beyond Harold Bender’s The Anabaptist Vision. The volume offers a Trinitarian and Christological framework that holds together the importance of Scripture, tradition, and the lived experience of the Christian community, as the contributors examine a wide variety of issues such as Mennonite feminism, Anabaptist queer theology, and Mennonite theological methods. These essays interrogate the operations of power, violence, exclusion, and privilege in methodology in this changed context, offering self-critical constructive alternatives for articulating Anabaptist theology and identity.

  Sacramental preaching: sermons on the hidden presence of Christ /by Hans Boersma. This primer on the ministry of preaching connects reading the Bible theologically with preparing and preaching sermons. Boersma explains that exegesis involves looking beyond the historical and literal meaning of the text to the hidden sacramental reality of Christ himself, which enables us to reach the deepest meaning of the Scriptures.

Scribes and scrolls at Qumran /by Sidnie White Crawford. The author provides a thorough case for supporting the traditional position in Qumran scholarship, that Qumran was an Essene scribal center in competition with the Jerusalem temple and that the surrounding caves were used regularly for scrolls storage.

 Seeing with the eyes of the heart: cultivating a sacramental imagination in an age of pornography /by edited by Elizabeth T. Groppe. The essays in this volume offer a theological critique of pornography and aim to retrieve an alternative visual culture from the Christian tradition. Iillustrated with 72 full color images of classical and contemporary iconography and art.

 Spirit in session: working with your client’s spirituality (and your own) in psychotherapy /by Russell Siler Jones. Siler Jones helps therapists feel more competent and confident about having spiritual conversations with clients. He includes extended case studies and clinical dialogue so readers can hear how spirituality becomes part of case conceptualization and what spiritual conversation actually sounds like in psychotherapy. He writes about a complex topic with an elegant simplicity and provides how-to advice in a way that encourages therapists to find their own way to apply it.

 The end of youth ministry?: why parents don’t really care about youth groups and what youth workers should do about it /by Andrew Root. Using an innovative first-person fictional narrative, an expert in youth ministry diagnoses the challenges facing the church today and offers a new way to think about what youth ministry can be for: not happiness, but joy.

Time to talk about dying: how clergy and chaplains can help senior adults prepare for a good death /by Fred Grewe. This guide provides clergy and chaplains with essential tools for supporting senior adults, helping them to feel comfortable about death and dying before they begin to approach life’s end. Focusing on strengthening relationships with loved ones, it applies unique therapeutic methods for promoting a positive experience of ageing.

 To cast the first stone: the transmission of a gospel story /by Jennifer Knust and Tommy Wasserman. The story of the woman taken in adultery features a dramatic confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees over whether the adulteress should be stoned as the law commands. Knust and Wasserman trace the story’s incorporation into Gospel books, liturgical practices, storytelling, and art, overturning the mistaken perception that it was either peripheral or suppressed, even in the Greek East. The authors also explore the story’s many different meanings. To Cast the First Stone calls attention to significant shifts in Christian book cultures and the enduring impact of oral tradition on the preservation–and destabilization–of scripture.

 Toward a theology of the Septuagint: Stellenbosch Congress on the Septuagint, 2018 /by edited by Johann Cook and Martin Rösel. TWU AUTHOR  Focuses on the question of whether it is appropriate and possible to formulate a theology of the Septuagint. Nineteen English and German essays by an international group of scholars examine Old and New Testament texts from a variety of methodological perspectives to demonstrate that such a theology is indeed possible.