Here is a selection of print and electronic  titles recently added to the colleciton and ready for use.

 Acknowledging the divine benefactor: the second letter of Peter /Terrance Callan. Acknowledging the Divine Benefactor is a socio-rhetorical interpretation of the Second Letter of Peter. Using multiple interpretive perspectives and emphasising the pictorial dimensions of 2 Peter, Callan shows that the letter makes the following argument: since Jesus Christ has given his followers benefits, including the promise of sharing in divine nature, they need to make a proper return for these benefits by living virtuously; and this in turn will enable them to receive the fulfilment of the promise.

 An introduction to fantasy /Matthew Sangster, University of Glasgow. This accessible new introduction to Fantasy literature, media and culture delves into pasts, presents, practices and communities. It considers Fantasy as a deep-rooted form, discusses a wide range of media permutations and reflects on the ways in which fantasies draw from and return ideas to a dynamic, ever-shifting commons.

 Brand storytelling: integrated marketing communication for the digital media landscape /Keith A. Quesenberry, Michael K. Coolsen. This innovative new text introduces students to the power of storytelling and outlines a process for creating effective brand stories in an integrated advertising, PR, strategic marketing communications campaign that leverages the power of story within the reality of today’s digital first media landscape.

 Breaking down the monolingual wall: essential shifts for multilingual learners’ success /Ivannia Soto [and 10 others] Your guide to culturally and linguistically sustaining practices in your dual language classroom and school. Breaking Down the Monolingual Wall outlines the systemic and pedagogical approaches necessary for successful multilingual and dual language programs. Offering a comprehensive overview of bilingual policies and historical context all educators should understand, Breaking Down the Monolingual Wall is an invaluable guide to creating dual language learning environments that build on the precious assets of our multilingual students and families.

 Called into the mission of God: a missional reading of Paul’s Thessalonian correspondence /Roji T. George. George argues that Paul’s primary interest was neither doctrinal teaching nor the articulation of an anti-imperial discourse. Instead, he contends that amidst the many problems that faced the Thessalonian community–eschatological fears, ethical difficulties, and persecution from outside groups–Paul brought primarily a missional concern to impart ethical exhortation and eschatological teaching.

 Collective efficacy: how educators’ beliefs impact student learning /Jenni Donohoo. Improve student outcomes with collective teacher efficacy. Collective efficacy (CE)-the belief that, through collective actions, educators can influence student outcomes and increase achievement. Educators with high efficacy show greater effort and persistence, willingness to try new teaching approaches, and attend more closely to struggling students’ needs.

 Environmental philosophy in desperate times /Justin Pack. Environmental Philosophy in Desperate Times examines environmental philosophy in the context of climate denial, inaction, and thoughtlessness. It introduces readers to the varied theories and movements of environmental philosophy. But more than that, it seeks to unsettle our received understanding of the world and our role in it, especially through consideration of Indigenous, feminist, and radical voices.

 Ezra: a new translation with introduction and commentary /Tamara Cohn Eskenazi. A new translation and commentary on the biblical book of Ezra.  Eskenazi outlines how the book of Ezra documents the radical transformation that followed reconstruction after the fall of Jerusalem and Judah. The extensive introduction employs literary and historical methodologies to highlight the book’s innovations, including its textualization of the tradition, as well as the unprecedented role of the people as chief protagonists. The translation and commentary incorporate evidence from ancient and contemporaneous primary sources from Egypt, Babylonia, Greece, and Persia, along with new archaeological studies of Judah. With great care and detail, Eskenazi demonstrates how the book of Ezra creates a blueprint for survival after destruction, shaping a new kind of society and forging a new communal identity.

 Genesis 1-11: bud of theology, grandmother of the sciences, seedbed of the Holy Books /Anwarul Azad and Ida Glaser. Genesis 1-11 calls us to recognize all peoples as created by God and under the rainbow covenant of his light. This commentary opens windows on seeds of truth from Genesis 1-11 which are planted in the various environments ‘in front of the text’ including the New Testament, rabbinic tradition, the Qur’an, and Bangladeshi culture. It examines those seeds in their original seedbed, discerning how their truths will unfurl from the fragrant Genesis 1-11 bud of theology through the blessings given to Eve, Noah, and Abraham. Windows on the Text is a ground-breaking Bible commentary series written by followers of Jesus in Muslim contexts. It develops biblical insight in deliberate conversation with the Qur’an, the Hadith, and local Islamic cultures. Confident that the Bible in its entirety speaks directly into Muslim contexts, it opens new windows into the holy word of God to equip and empower believers to live out their faith in loving service and clear communication within their communities.

 Graduate education for a thriving humanities ecosystem /edited by Stacy M. Hartman and Yevgenya Strakovsky. Explores trends in humanities graduate education, emphasizing sustainable master’s and doctoral programs, community engagement, and personal well-being. Gives suggestions for curriculum design, seminar topics, internship programs, and career alternatives. Considers work in colleges, universities, libraries, museums, archives, humanities councils, foundations, nonprofits, policy institutes, communications, media, consulting, and cultural programming.

 How scaffolding works: a playbook for supporting and releasing responsibility to students /Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, John Almarode. How Scaffolding Works unveils the essential moves and methods. Ten interactive modules help every K-12 educator structure support in new ways.

 John 11-21: a handbook on the Greek text /Lidija Novakovic. In John 11-21, Novakovic provides a foundational analysis of the Greek text of John. The analysis is distinguished by the detailed yet comprehensive attention paid to the text. Novakovic’s analysis is a convenient pedagogical and reference tool that explains the form and syntax of the biblical text, offers guidance for deciding between competing semantic analyses, engages important text-critical debates, and addresses questions relating to the Greek text that are frequently overlooked or ignored by standard commentaries. Beyond serving as a succinct and accessible analytic key, John 11-21 also reflects the most up-date advances in scholarship on Greek grammar and liguistics.

 Jonah: a commentary /by Susan Niditch ; edited by David Vanderhooft. Niditch encourages the reader to investigate challenging questions about ancient conceptions of personal religious identity. The author examines the ways in which Jonah prods readers to contemplate these fundamental issues concerning group- and self-definition. In her technical study of Jonah’s language, style, structure, content, and context, Niditch examines the text through the comparative lens of international folklore. The thread of appropriations of Jonah by post-biblical writers and artists is explored, and special attention is paid to rabbinic midrash, medieval Jewish manuscript illuminations, and Christian art of late antiquity. And in the tradition of Hermeneia volumes, the commentary evaluates and incorporates the insights of a long legacy of scholars who have explored this venerable text from varied perspectives.

 Luke /Mary H. Schertz. Schertz helps readers inhabit the pages of the third gospel, replete with parables and paradoxes and ministries of mercy. In vibrant writing and with careful exegesis, Schertz helps readers investigate for themselves the surprise, light, and awe of the kingdom of God, in which people find healing, the marginalized find welcome, and the poor find flourishing. Schertz traces the motifs of holy warrior and suffering servant that confronted every first-century Jew, including Jesus, and that still shape the church today.

 Luke 1-9 /Barbara E. Reid, OP, and Shelly Matthews ; Amy-Jill Levine, volume editor ; Barbara E. Reid, OP, general editor. This commentary on Luke provides a feminist interpretation of Scripture in serious, scholarly engagement with the whole text, not only those texts that explicitly mention women. It addresses not only issues of gender but also those of power, authority, ethnicity, racism, and classism.

 Micah: a new translation with introduction and commentary /Bob Becking. A new translation and commentary on the biblical book of Micah that proposes a convincing new theory of its composition history.  Becking provides a new translation of the Hebrew text and illuminates the book’s most important elements, paying special attention to its literary features, political context, and composition history. Drawing on ancient Near Eastern comparative evidence, archaeological notes, and inscriptions, Becking surveys debates surrounding the book’s interpretation and concludes that Micah uttered a variety of prophecies over the course of many years which a later redactor collected and molded into a proto-apocalyptic, alternating prophetic futurology.

 Mountaineering: the freedom of the hills /edited by Eric Linxweiler and Mike Maude. Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is the text beloved by generations of new climbers—the standard for climbing education around the world where it has been translated into 12 languages. For the all-new 9th Edition, committees comprosed of active climbers and climbing educators reviewed every chapter of instruction, and discussed updates with staff from the American Alpine Club (AAC), the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), and the Access Fund. They also worked with professional members of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), to review their work and ensure that the updated textbook includes the most current best practices for both alpine and rock climbing instruction. From gear selection to belay and repel techniques, from glacier travel to rope work, to safety, safety, and more safety—there is no more comprehensive and thoroughly vetted training manual for climbing

 Niños: poems for the lost children of Chile /María José Ferrada ; [illustrated by] María Elena Valdez ; translated by Lawrence Schimel. With one poem for each child, this collection explores the hopes of the thirty-four children disappeared and killed during Augusto Pinochet’s regime in Chile.

 Psalms 120-150: the traditional Hebrew text with the new JPS translation /commentary by Adele Berlin. This volume presents commentary on Psalms 120–150, based on the most recent research on the language of the Bible, its literary forms, and the historical context that may have given rise to the psalms. The commentary pays special attention to the message of each psalm and to how the poetry shapes the message. At the same time, it draws on traditional Jewish interpretations of the meaning of the psalms.

 The interactive classroom: practical strategies for involving students in the learning process /Ron Nash ; foreword by John Almarode. Nash encourages teachers to embrace an interactive classroom by rethinking their role as information givers. The Interactive Classroom provides a framework for how to influence the learning process and increase student participation by sharing.

 Thinking biblically about Islam: Genesis, tranfiguration, transformation /Ida Glaser, with Hannah Kay. In this careful double exposition of the Bible and Islam, Glaser and Kay emphasize godly attitudes, loving action and a deep appreciation of God’s grace and goodness as essential traits of any Christian. The authors walk the reader through two underlying frameworks necessary to think biblically about Islam. The first is to understand the dynamic of religion in people’s lives through Genesis 4-11’s account of the world after ‘the fall’, and hence to understand Bible stories within the religious contexts in which they occurred. The second is at the heart of the book – the idea that Islam inverts the exaltation of Christ above the prophets in the narrative of the transfiguration in Luke 9 and 10. Examining the themes of the land, zeal, law and the cross in these chapters of Luke’s Gospel and the Old Testament stories of Moses and Elijah, we are led to better understand the Bible, Islam and God’s heart towards Muslims.