In the Name of God
A History of Christian and Muslim Intolerance
Selina O’Grady examines the concept of tolerance – ‘that highest of liberal political virtues’ – through the histories of Islam and Christianity, from the time when the Roman Empire became Christian to the genocides of the 20th century. As she traces the two religions’ changing attitudes to religious minorities she asks whether tolerance is enough to bring today’s post-Christian and Islamic worlds together, or whether something deeper is needed.
Making Sense of the Bible
Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today
As a pastor, Hamilton is often asked thoughtful and difficult questions about aspects of the Bible that people find confusing or disturbing. Here he responds by investigating the debates about the nature of scripture, and wrestling with some of the Bible’s most challenging passages. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Illustrated Apocrypha
The books of the Apocrypha, which are omitted from many editions of the Bible, include the Wisdom of Solomon, the story of Judith’s decapitation of Holofernes and an account of the Maccabees’ revolt in the 2nd century BCE. This volume reproduces the translation from the 1894 Revised Version and features colour plates depicting important historical figures from the texts.
A Beginner's Guide
Little was known in the West about Shi‘i Islam before the Iranian Revolution of 1979 but much unrest has been attributed to tensions between Shi‘i and Sunni communities since. This introduction explains the origins, leadership and doctrines of the religion. Slightly off-mint.
The Beginning of Women's Ministry
The Revival of the Deaconess in the Nineteenth-Century Church of England
This volume on the revival of women’s ministry in the 19th-century Church of England presents documents from a variety of unpublished sources that show how the Deaconess Movement posed a threat to the gender order of Victorian society by creating new areas of activity and roles of authority outside the domestic sphere. Prominent among the institutions and individuals discussed are the North London Deaconess Institute and the first head deaconess, Elizabeth Ferard (1825–1883). No jacket.
Seeking the Absolute Love
The Founders of Christian Monasticism
How should Christian religions adapt to today’s changing culture? The author argues that this question is best answered by considering the founders of monastic traditions, from the Greek-educated Clement of Alexandria (who died c.215 CE) to 12th-century reformer St Bernard. He explains how these early Fathers skilfully selected the spiritual treasures of the ancients and adapted them for new contexts.
Gregory of Tours
Glory of the Confessors
One of the less well-known works by Gregory, Bishop of Tours (575 to 594), this text is a series of anecdotes about ‘confessors’, whose faith was manifest in their exemplary lives, and their miracles. Translated, with introduction and notes for the Translated Texts for Historians series
The Clerics of Islam
Religious Authority and Political Power in Saudi Arabia
Based on research in Saudi archives and interviews with the kingdom’s leading clerics and intellectuals, this historical and sociological study analyses the rise of the Wahhabi religious movement since the 18th century and its complex relationship with Arabia’s political authorities.
A Passionate Humility
Frederick Oakeley and the Oxford Movement
Described by Newman as ‘a man of elegant genius, of classical mind, of rare talent in literary composition’, Frederick Oakeley (1802–1880) was the principal figure in the second generation of the Oxford Movement, renowned for his love of well-performed liturgy and music – and his hymn, O Come all ye faithful. Among his achievements, this biography examines Oakeley’s pioneering experiment at Margaret Chapel in London, where he was the first to translate the Oxford Movement’s theology into liturgical practice.
The Pocket Canons
This boxed set comprises ten pocket-size editions of selected books from the King James Bible. Each volume is introduced by a modern writer who gives a personal response to the text. These include the Dalai Lama on four New Testament epistles, PD James on the ‘complex, fascinating and occasionally puzzling’ Acts of the Apostles and Peter Ackroyd on Isaiah, which he describes as ‘not unlike the texts of Anglo-Saxon poetry’.
Barb of Fire
Twenty Poems of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
First published shortly after her death, these poems by French Carmelite nun Elizabeth Catez (1880–1906) address themes including the Indwelling of the Trinity and the acceptance of suffering. Bancroft’s verse translation sets her poetry alongside prose passages by her contemporary, the celebrated Benedictine Abbot Marmion.
Living with the Gods
On Beliefs and Peoples
In this book accompanying his BBC radio series, the former director of the British Museum explores the role of shared beliefs in the life of human communities around the globe. Rather than focusing on religious doctrine, he concentrates on practices, objects and places, tracing how societies from the Ice Age onwards have used stories and rituals to mark their identity and strengthen cohesion: ‘for in deciding how we live with our gods we also decide how to live with each other’. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Meaning of Mecca
The Politics of Pilgrimage in Early Islam
The hajj is the fifth and final pillar of Islam, which offers the chance to begin life anew, but even in its formative period the pilgrimage acquired political as well as spiritual significance. In a foundational study, McMillan analyses how the early caliphs used their leadership of the hajj as an opportunity to reinforce their political legitimacy. Slightly off-mint.
Edith Stein Discovered
A Personal Portrait
Edith Stein (1891–1942), who was canonized in 1998, was born into a Jewish family in Breslau and died in the Auschwitz gas chambers. This introduction to her life draws on her autobiographical writing and follows her academic and religious journey, from philosophical studies with Husserl, through conversion to Catholicism, to her years as a cloistered Carmelite nun.
The People and the Books
18 Classics of Jewish Literature
This exploration of Jewish literature looks beyond the scriptures to understand how various writers have reflected the central questions and themes of Jewish culture, from religious commentaries to history, biography and fiction. The selections include The Jewish War by Roman historian Josephus, Spinoza’s heretical Theological-Political Treatise and the Tevye the Dairyman stories by Sholem Aleichem.
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 New Testament
A Beginner's Guide
This introduction to Christianity’s foundational documents is also a guide to the main approaches that scholars have used in discussing them. Telford begins by describing the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of the early church. He then outlines the dating and classification of the New Testament’s 27 books before providing a closer analysis of the Synoptic Gospels and the sources of their traditions about Jesus. Off-mint.
The Bible Hunter
The Quest for the Original New Testament
In 1859 Constantin Tischendorf brought to Europe the Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest known copy of the New Testament, previously kept at the remote Sinai monastery of St Catherine's. Gottschlich describes his own visit to Sinai, reflecting on his predecessor’s obsessions and the continuing controversy over the manuscript’s removal.
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.
Open to God
Open to the World
In these conversations, recorded by Antonio Spadaro, Pope Francis shares his thoughts on some of the issues facing the church, his Papacy and the world. In informal dialogue with people from all walks of life, he confronts the tension between faith and fundamentalism, ecumenism, social justice, and the struggle for human rights in Myanmar and Latin America.
Reviving the Heart
The Story of the 18th Century Revival
The religious upheaval of the 18th-century English (or ‘Evangelical’) Revival had a significant impact on British culture and society. This book explores the reformist approach to Protestantism through the key figures in the movement, including the Wesleys and William Wilberforce, and how the ethos of individual piety underpinned the Methodist Church, the Clapham Sect, the anti-slavery campaign and the establishment of Sierra Leone. Off-mint.
Living with the Gods
On Beliefs and Peoples
In this book accompanying his BBC radio series, the former director of the British Museum explores the role of shared beliefs in the life of human communities around the globe. Rather than focusing on religious doctrine, he concentrates on practices, objects and places, tracing how societies from the Ice Age onwards have used stories and rituals to mark their identity and strengthen cohesion: ‘for in deciding how we live with our gods we also decide how to live with each other’.
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.
Ten Prayers that Changed the World
Extraordinary Stories of Faith that Shaped the Course of History
Beginning with Abraham’s plea for his son’s life and Jesus’ invocation ‘Our Father’, Isbouts retells the stories behind prayers that empowered men and women to overcome great challenges. He argues that these spiritual experiences have each shaped history in a positive way, both at pivotal moments of political change (such as Constantine’s decree legitimizing Christianity, or Gandhi’s peaceful protest) and through more subtle influences (the prayers of St Francis and Mother Teresa). Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Great Reformer
Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope
The election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope in 2013 surprised the world, and marked a change of emphasis for the Catholic church. Drawing on interviews in Argentina and informed by an extensive knowledge of that country, this biography reveals the way in which his experience of military dictatorship has shaped his concern for human rights and belief in a ‘Church of the Poor’. Slightly off-mint.
Faith Finding a Voice
The Archbishop of Westminster explores how Christians can listen with greater attention to the voice of God and how they can better convey its message in their words and actions. In particular, he invites the reader to respond to an altarpiece by Pietro Orioli, reflects on the place of religious literacy in education and encourages us to build a more peaceful world through inter-faith dialogue.
The Holy Bible
Containing the Old and New Testaments
Writing in 1828, Lord Macaulay described the King James Bible as ‘a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power’, and for many people today, this 400-year-old translation remains the finest. Marking Collins’s 200th anniversary, this edition continues the company’s tradition of Bible publishing; it presents the complete Old and New Testaments, with a foreword by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. Bound in white covers with gold lettering.
Short History of the Cathars
A Pocket Essential
When a Crusade was launched against them early in the 13th century, the Cathars were dominant in the Languedoc region and had won widespread support from nobility and peasants. Martin explains the movement’s development, the fractious political context in which it flourished and the principles of simplicity, equality and non-violence which lay at the heart of the Cathars’ heretical teachings and their implacable opposition to the Catholic Church. Second edition.
The Holy War
Made by Shaddai Upon Diabolus for the Regaining of the Metropolis of the World or the Losing and Taking Again of the Town of Mansoul
Rich in character and incident, Bunyan’s greatest work after Pilgrim’s Progress is a dramatic account of the battle waged by Shaddai (God) and Emanuel (Jesus) against the Devil for possession of the city of Mansoul. Off-mint.
Sharing the Wisdom of the Enlightened Sufis
The ancient Sufi way, which leads spiritual seekers past ordinary states of consciousness, still thrives in the modern Islamic world. This book comprises personal reminiscences of travels to Sufism’s holy sites and meetings with its teachers, from India and Pakistan to the Maghreb and South Africa. These are interspersed with an outline of Sufi history and the words of great masters of the past.
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.
Key Words of Pope Francis
Examining the ministry and teachings of Pope Francis, 50 faith leaders and religious writers choose key words from his writings as a starting point for reflections on his beliefs and attitudes. Subjects include American Bishop Robert McElroy on ‘democracy’, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on ‘sheep’, and Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga on ‘reform’.
Short Introduction to Religion
A Pocket Essential
This wide-ranging guide describes the origins and historical development of the sacred texts, beliefs and practices of great world religions including Buddhism, Hinduism and the Abrahamic faiths. Also featured are lesser-known belief systems, ranging from prehistoric rituals to new movements founded in the 20th century.
Paths to Perfection
Buddhist Art at the Freer | Sackler
Although the Buddha himself was not depicted directly for several centuries, Buddhism’s success owes much to the visual arts across cultures, from India and Nepal to Japan and Indonesia. More than 100 items are illustrated in this guide, including buddhas, bodhisattvas, mandalas and ritual objects. All are now in the Smithsonian’s Asian art collections, whose curators and scholars provide the descriptions and contextual information.
Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus
Using insights from the sociological study of human memory, and particularly the concept of physical and practical 'sites of memory', Davis explores how ancient Christians recollected Jesus' childhood and how early Christian history was created. Central to the study is the collection of stories known as the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, or the Paidika ('Childhood Deeds'), which begins with Jesus at the age of five and includes tales of miracles, cursing and his classroom encounters with the teacher Zacchaeus.
Memorials of St Anselm
The Latin texts collected in this volume supplement Anselm's formally published works with a body of material preserved by the secretaries and disciples who heard his conversation and rescued his unfinished drafts. De moribus is a treatise on virtues and vices; the Dicta and Miracula preserve stories about Anselm himself; and De beatitudine is a reconstruction of a sermon; these texts are followed by six brief miscellanies. For each work the editors provide introductions to the content and manuscript tradition. Slightly off-mint.
A Brief History of Christianity
Bamber Gascoigne tells the story of the Christian faith, from its origins in the Roman Empire, through the glories of Byzantium and the machinations of Renaissance popes, to the Soviet Union’s hostility to religion. His entertaining narrative sets Christianity in the context of other world religions and explains the forces behind its development over time. Revised edition of The Christians, originally written to accompany Gascoigne’s 1977 television series. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Spread of Buddhism Through Asia
Documenting the life of Buddhism’s spiritual centres in the 21st century, this collection of photographs follows the religion’s geographical expansion from its origins in northern India to Indonesia in the south and Japan in the east. The journey takes in famous sites including Shaolin, with its legendary Kung Fu monks, and the temple of Angkor Wat, in addition to mountain landscapes, Buddha statues of many sizes and scenes of pilgrimage and monastic activity.
Apostles and Martyrs
Retelling stories of faith, witness and heroism, this introduction to the early Church is based on saints’ own writings and other ancient accounts of their lives. As well as familiar New Testament figures – Peter, Paul and the Evangelists – it highlights the later Christians, including Irenaeus, Hippolytus and Cyprian, who played important roles in the development of the Western Catholic tradition.
John the Baptist and the Last Gnostics
The Secret History of the Mandaeans
Amid the dangers of the modern Middle East, adherents of the obscure Mandaean religion still practise weekly river baptisms, following the example of their most important prophet, John the Baptist. Smith investigates the history of the Mandaeans, asking whether their mysterious sect could be the last survival of ancient Gnosticism, as they claim. He also considers their links to other ancient religions, their possible influence on the Knights Templar and their belief that Jesus himself was an apostate Mandaean.
On Heaven and Earth
Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century
In a series of dialogues, Cardinal Bergoglio – the future Pope Francis – and the rabbi and biophysicist Abraham Skorka discuss the big issues facing humanity today, and their implications for the faithful. The two proponents of inter-faith dialogue engage with theological topics including guilt and prayer; church debates over same-sex marriage, abortion and divorce; and political concerns such as communism and capitalism, fundamentalism, and the challenge of globalization.
The Lutterworth Dictionary of the Bible
With 1,450 articles written by scholars from the USA's National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, but including a broad range of opinion and approach, this dictionary aims to provide the student with accurate, relevant and interesting information about the history, traditions and literature of the Bible. The well-illustrated A–Z includes outlines of each canonical book and articles on key people, places and terms, non-canonical books and Biblical scholarship.
Monasteries and Monastic Orders
2000 Years of Christian Art and Culture
The history and culture of Europe have been shaped by monasticism, which has left a rich legacy of religious art and architecture. This volume follows its history from late antiquity through its peak in the Middle Ages to the present day. Well illustrated with photographs, paintings and illuminated manuscripts, the book describes the traditions, regulations and daily life of the different orders, profiles famous abbots and abbesses, and celebrates the continuing appeal of the contemplative life.
The Books of the Bible
The New Testament is here rearranged so that each gospel is placed at the beginning of a group of closely related books, allowing the reader to have a more meaningful encounter with their different theological traditions. The New International Version’s text is used, but without the distraction of chapter numbers and headings. The book accompanies the four Lumo Project films of the gospels and includes photographs from them.
The Story of the Holy Father
Pope Francis is revered the world over for his humility, charisma and reforming agenda. This Vatican-endorsed biography recounts his parents’ emigration from Italy, his childhood love of soccer, his calling to the priesthood and his formative encounter with poverty as a missionary in Chile. Illustrated with more than 250 photographs, the book contains 50 removable documents including facsimiles of his baptismal certificate and handwritten notes as Pope.
To the Chief of Sinners in a Faithful Account of the Life and Death of John Bunyan
In vivid and powerful language, Bunyan’s spiritual autobiography charts his sinful youth, his painful religious revelation, and his trial and imprisonment in Bedford jail. An afterword by the publisher describes his last years and death. Off-mint.
A Brief Guide to Judaism
Theology, History and Practice
What are the key elements of Jewish theology, and how do Jews put belief into practice? Rabbi Brawer outlines the development of the Jewish people and faith, from Abrahamic origins to the eras of diaspora and persecution. He particularly highlights how the ritual and practice that punctuate Jewish existence form a bridge between heaven and earth as they paradoxically call on adherents to transcend the material world while celebrating physical pleasures.
The English Martyr
From Reformation to Revolution
This study of early modern martyrology takes an innovative approach, starting from the premise that ‘martyrdom is not a death but a story that gets written about a death’. Through close analysis of English texts ranging from medieval drama, through Foxe’s famous Acts and Monuments, to John Milton’s Eikonoklastes, the author traces how narrative forms and rhetoric shaped the meanings of human lives during the theological and political upheavals of the Reformation.
In His Own Words
In 2013 Benedict XVI became the only Pope to resign from office in modern times. In these conversations with the religious journalist Peter Seewald, he discusses the reasons for his resignation and his admiration for his successor, speaking frankly about the controversies that have dogged the Church, including ‘Vatileaks’ and the child abuse scandal, and revealing his thoughts about his life, his philosophy, his mistakes, and the future of Christianity.
The Bible for Grown-Ups
A New Look at the Good Book
Why do the creation stories in Genesis contradict each other? Did the Exodus really happen? In a discussion which ‘neither requires, nor rejects, belief’, Loveday brings a literary critic’s eye to the Biblical authors. Presenting insights from modern scholarship, he shows how to read their texts ‘with our brains in gear’, by viewing the Bible as a structure of the imagination rather than through modern concepts of ‘history’ and ‘truth’.
Knight, Martyr, Patron Saint and Dragonslayer
St George is England’s patron saint, yet many other nations, from Hungary to Ethiopia, consider him their own. This compact guide reviews what is known about this early martyr, and traces his battle with the dragon to legendary pre-Christian heroes.
Not in God's Name
Confronting Religious Violence
‘Religiously motivated violence must be fought religiously as well as militarily, and with passionate intensity.’ So writes the former Chief Rabbi in this powerful exploration of the roots of religious extremism. By analysing stories of sibling rivalry in the biblical texts shared by the Abrahamic faiths, he shows how centuries of misreadings have led to the ‘altruistic evil’ by which murder is seen as a moral act – an idea against which those of all faiths and none must stand together. Off-mint.
Bishop Joseph Hall
and Protestant Meditation in Seventeenth-Century England
Joseph Hall (1574–1656), the Bishop of Norwich, was a prolific author of sermons and other religious tracts; this volume focuses on two, his The Art of Divine Meditation (1606) and Occasional Meditations (1633). Providing critical editions of both texts, with notes and a substantial introduction, Huntley argues that these works show how Hall’s writings were crucial to the development of a ‘non-Jesuitical, Protestant and English mode of meditation’. Off-mint.
Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia
Teachings from the Sufi Path of Liberation
Hasan Lutfi Shushud, renowned Sufi saint and master, introduces the teachers known as the Khwajagan (‘Masters of Wisdom’), who lived during the golden age of Islamic Sufism among the Turks and who advocated maintaining an active connection with the world. He examines their writings and teachings, revealing how they followed the path of Absolute Liberation, allotted to ‘one out of a thousand perfect men’. Revised second edition.
Father Martin D'Arcy
Philosopher of Christian Love
The Jesuit Father Martin D'Arcy (1888–1976) was eminent both as a theologian and an aesthete. As Master of Campion Hall, Oxford, he rebuilt the house to a design by Lutyens, while his converts included Evelyn Waugh, Lord Longford and Edith Sitwell. This biography investigates his career and beliefs; his tragic friendship with Henry John, son of the painter Augustus; and his abrupt dismissal as Superior of the English Jesuit Province.
From Cranmer to Davidson
A Church of England Miscellany
Presenting scholarly editions of eight texts, the Miscellany covers aspects of the Church’s history from the Reformation to 1917, and includes WJ Conybeare’s influential article on 19th-century ‘Church Parties’ (1853). Church of England Record Society 7.
The Radicals Who Made the Modern World
In 1517 Martin Luther, the ‘indispensable firestarter’, launched his 95 theses protesting the sale of indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church. From the upheaval of the Reformation that followed, Alec Ryrie’s fast-paced and engaging history traces five centuries of Protestantism, across the globe and across a vast diversity of sects and movements, to Pentecostalism in the 20th century and the situation today. ‘We cannot understand the modern age,’ writes Ryrie, ‘without understanding the dynamic history of Protestant Christianity’.
The First Christian Heretics
The religious schools embraced by the term 'Gnosticism' formed the official church's main rival during the early centuries of Christianity. Introducing key texts such as the Gospel of Thomas, this book outlines Gnostic beliefs - that the world was created by an evil God, that Christ came to teach liberating knowledge and that women are men's equal - and shows how these ideas survived underground to influence modern writers including Blake, Camus and Philip K Dick.
The Prophetic Voice of Thomas Merton
The Trappist monk, social critic and ecumenist Thomas Merton (1915–68) produced an extensive body of writings, through which he continues to intrigue and challenge readers. In this study the Dean Emeritus of St Paul’s Cathedral asks what meaning we should give to Merton’s contradictions and discontents, as well as considering how he speaks with a prophetic voice in areas of contemporary concern, such as war and peace, abuses of power and the freedom of the individual. Foreword by Rowan Williams.
Strong as Death is Love
The Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, and Daniel
As distant in time from the Pentateuch of Moses as Updike is from Shakespeare, these later books of the Old Testament are innovative and entertaining works of literature, in which women are often centre stage. The Song of Songs is a sensuous celebration of young love, Queen Esther’s shrewd triumph is a sly sexual comedy, while the story of Ruth celebrates loyalty, charity and love. Robert Alter’s award-winning translation from the Hebrew captures all their freshness and immediacy.
Biblica: The Bible Atlas
A Social and Historical Journey Through the Lands of the Bible
With landscape photographs and 125 maps showing prominent places, journeys and battles, this substantial geographical guide helps the reader to visualize the locations of events recorded in the Bible. The text, written by an international team of scholars, uses recent archaeological and theological research to highlight the important role played by notions of space and geographical metaphor in biblical narratives. No jacket and off-mint.
Journeying with Jesus
Personal Reflections on the Stations of the Cross and Resurrection
In this collection of moving personal testimonies, modern people relate their experiences to the Stations of the Cross and resurrection. Contributors include Archbishops John Sentamu and Vincent Nicholls; Sister Wendy Beckett; Peter Hitchens; Margaret Mizen, the mother of a murdered teenager; Kelly Connor, who ran over and killed an innocent victim; and Anne Maguire, of the wrongfully convicted Maguire Seven. Slightly off-mint.
Or Bones That Shine Like Fire
Who were the Apostles and what was their relationship to Jesus? Was James the Less really his brother? This synthesis of travelogue and biblical history ranges from Rome and Jerusalem, Turkey and Russia to India and Kyrgyzstan to seek answers to these ancient enigmas. Exploring the way the identities of the Apostles have evolved over two millennia, Tom Bissell charts the growth of Christianity from an obscure sect to the global faith we know today.
The Divine Library
A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the Sacred Texts and Spiritual Literature of the World
Covering a broad spectrum of spiritual literature, this guide offers succinct descriptions of 140 sacred texts, from the most ancient, such as the Chinese I Ching and Egyptian Pyramid Texts, to the Book of Mormon and the Baha’i Kitab-i-Iqan dating from the 19th century. It outlines the works’ cultural contexts, explains how they often grew from preliterate oral traditions and provides information on modern English translations and commentaries.
The Church Visible
The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Catholic Church
Compiled by a specialist in Church protocol, this study celebrates the rich heritage of Catholic practices and ritual. It is based on years of research into the forms of vesture, insignia and non-liturgical ceremony currently in use around the world and mandated by the Holy See in documents published since the Second Vatican Council. This revised edition incorporates developments during Benedict XVI’s papacy. Off-mint.
Relics of the Christ
Relics associated with Jesus – such as the Shroud of Turin, Holy Grail and Lance of Longinus – are revered by many of the faithful but are a perennial target for sceptics. Nickell presents the evidence on all sides, reporting the historical traditions associated with these objects and describing the range of techniques used by investigators to track down their origins. The final chapter follows the controversy surrounding the supposed ossuary of Jesus’ brother James, pronounced a fake in 2003.
Petrarch's Guide to the Holy Land
Itinerary to the Sepulcher of Our Lord Jesus Christ
This edition of Petrarch's Itinerarium ad Sepulchrum Domini Nostri Yehsu Christi (1358) comprises a complete facsimile and transcription of an authoritative 14th century manuscript, with an introduction, English translation and notes.
Pursuing Social Holiness
The Band Meeting in Wesley's Thought and Popular Methodist Practice
One of Methodism’s earliest traditions was the ‘band meeting’, at which a small group of people came together and confessed their sins, in order to grow in holiness and to foster community. Drawing extensively on personal accounts by those who attended them, Watson explains why Wesley considered regular band meetings so important, shows how they grew from a synthesis of Anglican and Moravian concepts of piety and suggests why they declined during the 19th century.
The Poems of Jesus Christ
'Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.' Jesus Christ is the great invisible poet of the world. Embedded in the Gospels are sayings and parables of lyric intensity: austere, vivid and poignant, and rich in garden, nature and animal imagery. Barnstone's translations, excerpted from his Restored New Testament (2009), strip away the trappings of prose to reveal the consummate poetic drama of the Gospel of Jesus in all its wonder and majesty. American-cut pages.
A Secular History of Conversion
From Saul and Augustine of Hippo to Muhammad Ali and George W Bush, why have people throughout history changed their faith? Jacoby considers religious conversion from a secular perspective, challenging the idea that it is a purely spiritual journey. She examines the social and economic framework within which conversion takes place – whether through theocratic coercion, for political advantage or by interreligious marriage – and reflects on the ‘religious marketplace’ of modern America, where changes of faith are especially common. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Synoptic Gospels
This volume brings together three works from Sheffield's acclaimed New Testament Guides series. The guides to Matthew, Mark and Luke by Riches, Telford and Tuckett respectively are presented in their entirety along with a general introduction by Scot McKnight which illuminates the distinctive historical and theological features of the Synoptic Gospels as a whole and their importance within the New Testament canon.
The Westminster Cardinals
The Past and the Future
Starting with Cardinal Wiseman (1802-1865), Michael Walsh presents ten biographies covering the history of the Cardinal Archbishops, showing how the office of Westminster Archbishop has evolved in the life of the Catholic Church and of the nation. Walsh emphasizes the outstanding contribution of three men: Cardinals Manning, whose funeral was attended by vast numbers of London's poor; Hinsley, whom Winston Churchill is said to have wanted as Archbishop of Canterbury; and Hume, who was awarded the Order of Merit.