Who's Who in the Bible
Organized alphabetically and by Testament, this guide offers a brief biography for more than 600 people mentioned in the Bible, with a section at the end for those whose names are not given. Illustrated with over 300 images, the text also includes references and quotations from the King James version. Slightly off-mint.
The Life of Our Lord
A devout Christian, Dickens wrote this version of the New Testament expressly for his own children, and it was not published until 1934 after they had all died. This edition includes 60 illustrations, two prayers, and A Child’s Hymn. The idiosyncrasies of the original manuscript have been retained in the text, to preserve the personal nature of its creation.
The Illuminated Life of Christ
The Gospels and Great Master Paintings
In this ‘missal-like’ devotional book the story of Jesus’ life, ministry, passion and resurrection is told through great works of art, each of which is paired with the Gospel passage that inspired it. The text is taken from the King James Bible; the 60 artists include Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.
Field Guide to the English Clergy
A Compendium of Diverse Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and Adventurers; All Anglican, Some Even Practising
Celebrating England’s long tradition of tolerance towards unconventional men of the cloth, these short biographies describe how clergy have displayed their own unique forms of holiness by treading ‘the thin line between prophet and clown’. The peculiar parsons include a mermaid-impersonator, a collector of French pornography and the incumbent who surrounded his vicarage with barbed wire – not to mention the infamous Vicar of Stiffkey, whose performance as Daniel in a den of real lions brought predictably fatal results.
The 50 Greatest Churches and Cathedrals of the World
This personal selection of great ecclesiastical architecture features buildings in 27 countries. Chosen both for decorative interest and for the stories behind them, the structures range from Ethiopian rock-hewn churches to Rio de Janeiro’s colossal concrete cathedral.
Books of Divine Encounter
The 55 Qur’ān manuscripts featured here, which include some of the earliest surviving copies, range from luxury editions decorated with gold to a more humble pocket book of selections. They illustrate developments in Arabic script and styles of illumination, as well as more unusual forms of the text, such as a 12th-century Latin translation and a talismanic shirt inscribed with Qur’ān verses and invocations. Slightly off-mint.
The Bay Psalm Book
The first book printed in North America, this 1640 translation of the Psalms of David was made for the Massachusetts Puritans. Communal singing of the psalms held a unique importance for the pioneers and their Psalter is in rhyming metrical verse. It was designed not for elegance but, as MacCulloch writes in his introduction, to be ‘roared out by a congregation exalting in its common voice, taking comfort from communal purpose amid a wilderness’. This facsimile is of the Bodleian Library copy. No jacket.
The Triumph of Christianity
How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World
Within 400 years a small Jewish sect became the Roman Empire’s official religion, with 30 million followers. Ehrman investigates why Christianity’s message proved so compelling and highlights the great benefits and losses that resulted from such a monumental cultural transformation.