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Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.Sort by title, author, format, publication date, or price »
Douglas Horton and the Ecumenical Impulse in American Religion
In this first complete biography of Douglas Horton, we are introduced to an extremely important but surprisingly unheralded twentieth-century religious leader. Throughout his life, Horton worked tirelessly for church and world unity under the banner of ecumenism, and his efforts bore fruit in a variety of venues.
Mary Magdalene, The First Apostle: The Struggle for Authority
Why did some early Christians consider Mary Magdalene an apostle while others did not? This book examines how the conferral, or withholding, of apostolic status operated as a tool of persuasion in the politics of early Christian literature.
An Ecstasy of Folly: Prophecy and Authority in Early Christianity
Who is a true prophet? Who has real access to divine realms of knowledge? Early Christian communities accused each other’s prophets of madness and of making false claims to divine knowledge. This book argues that early Christians did not seek to answer questions about true prophecy or to define madness and rationality, but rather used this discourse in order to control knowledge, to establish their own authority, and to define Christian identity.
Ephesos, Metropolis of Asia: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Its Archaeology, Religion, and Culture
This volume brings together studies of Ephesos—a major city in the Greco-Roman period and a primary center for the spread of Christianity into the Western world—by an international array of scholars from the fields of classics, fine arts, history of religion, New Testament, ancient Christianity, and archaeology.
Urban Religion in Roman Corinth: Interdisciplinary Approaches
This book discusses the history, topography, and urban development of Corinth with special attention to civic and private religious practices in the Roman colony. Expert analysis of the latest archaeological data is coupled with consideration of what can be known about the emergence and evolution of religions in Corinth.
Sayings Traditions in the Apocryphon of James
The discovery and publication of the Apocryphon of James has significantly expanded the spectrum of early Christian literature about Jesus. Cameron provides a form-critical analysis which aims to clarify the ways in which the sayings of Jesus were used and transformed in early Christian communities.
Jesus among Her Children: Q, Eschatology, and the Construction of Christian Origins
This book explores how scholarly constructions of Christian origins participate in contemporary efforts to confirm or challenge particular understandings of the essence of Christianity. Johnson-DeBaufre offers alternative readings to key Q texts, readings that place an interest in the community that shaped Jesus at the center of inquiry.
Beyond Essence: Ernst Troeltsch as Historian and Theorist of Christianity
This book demonstrates the intimate connection between Troeltsch’s philosophical writings on the essence of Christianity and his historical investigations of Christianity’s past. Pearson argues that as a result of his historical work, Troeltsch moved beyond the category of essence and sought new ways of theorizing Christian identity in the context of modernity’s pluralistic yet fragmented society.
The Faithful Shepherd: A History of the New England Ministry in the Seventeenth Century, With a New Introduction
This description of the Americanization of the Puritan ministry as it was transported to the New England colonies offers a host of new insights into American religious history. This book also affords the reader one of the freshest and most comprehensive histories of the seventeenth-century New England mind and society.
Capitalism as Religion? A Study of Paul Tillich's Interpretation of Modernity
The relationship between religion and modern culture remains a controversial issue within Christian theology. This book focuses on Paul Tillich’s interpretation of modern culture and the influence of capitalism. Using the concept of “cultural modernity,” Francis Ching-Wah Yip reconstructs Tillich’s interpretation of modernity and shows that Tillich’s notion of theonomy served to underscore the problems of modernity and to develop a response.
Tradition and Composition in the Epistula Apostolorum
In the first major study in English of the Epistle of the Apostles (Epistula Apostolorum), Julian V. Hills probes its remarkable witness to the traditions that circulated in Jesus’ name in the second century. Hills tackles the document’s literary framework, collecting and assessing signals to its composition. In detailed analyses of passages, Hills shows how older traditions were reshaped and interpreted according to the distinctive communal situation and theological vision of the author. This expanded edition of the out-of-print original, published in 1990, includes a new preface and bibliography.
Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job
In this study, Schifferdecker offers a close literary and theological reading of the book of Job—particularly of God’s speeches at the end of the book—in order to articulate its creation theology, which is particularly pertinent in our environmentally-conscious age.
The Surprising Election and Confirmation of King David
Some of the best-known Biblical episodes are found in the story of David’s rise to kingship in First and Second Samuel. Why was this series of stories included in the Bible? Short contends that the story depicts the confirmation of David’s election through his gradual emergence as the beloved son of Jesse, Saul, all Israel, and yhwh Himself.
From Roman to Early Christian Thessalonikē: Studies in Religion and Archaeology
This interdisciplinary volume is the first to bring together international scholars of religion, archaeologists, and scholars of art and architectural history to investigate social, political, and religious life in Roman and early Christian Thessalonike, an important metropolis in the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Christian periods and beyond.
The Poetics of Iblīs: Narrative Theology in the Qur’an
This volume explores the origins of Iblīs as a tragic figure in the Qur’an. Although it is often said that there is no place for tragedy in Islam, Bodman’s careful examination of the Iblīs story shows that the tragic exists even in the Qur’an and forms part of the vision of medieval Sufi mystics and modern social critics alike.