Archaeology of the Bible
The Greatest Discoveries from Genesis to the Roman Era
In recent decades, several dramatic archaeological discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of the ancient Near East. This volume, which is structured around the principal stories of the Bible, provides an up-to-date picture of daily life in Biblical times and describes what has been unearthed during digs at significant locations such as King Herod’s palace and tomb. Illustrated in colour throughout, the book features 38 detailed maps and more than 350 photographs of sites and artefacts. Felt-tip mark on lower edge
The Church Visible
The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Catholic Church
What is life like in the Vatican? What does the Roman Curia do? The result of seven years' intense research and interviews throughout the world, this benchmark reference provides a comprehensive, authoritative guide to the workings of the Roman Catholic Church. Illustrated with more than 90 colour plates, the book outlines the Church's history, including the Second Vatican Council, provides a chronology of the Popes, and explains Church hierarchy, protocol, vesture and insignia, and the cycle of the liturgical year.
The New Calendar and the Collects
The Book of Common Prayer for use in the Church in Wales
The Book of Common Prayer was first translated into Welsh in the 16th century, soon after the English version; following its revision in 1984, this new calendar was published in 2003. Listing holy days through the year, it provides collects and post-communion prayers for each Sunday and the collects for other feasts. All texts are presented in Welsh and English, with many collects appearing in both traditional and contemporary forms.
The Name of God is Mercy
A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli
God’s mercy has long been the cornerstone of Pope Francis’s faith, and is now the central message of his papacy. Simply and directly, in conversation with the Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, Francis explains – through memories of his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a pastor – why the Church does not close its doors to anyone, and that every soul seeking the meaning of life can find the love of God.
All That Matters
In this engaging atheist manifesto, Dylan Evans builds on the work of atheist philosophers and psychologists to show how the history of atheist thought has developed, and he offers fresh ways of thinking about the meaning of life from an atheist perspective. His ‘100 Ideas’ include ten commandments, fiction and non-fiction books, misconceptions about atheists and jokes.
All That Matters
Embracing ideas about God from all the main world religions, Mark Vernon tackles some of the difficult questions encountered in traditional theological discussion - suffering, morality, peak experiences and God’s goodness - but he also considers modern concerns about ecology, the end of time and the death of God.
The Puzzle of Christianity
How has the Christian faith challenged people down the centuries, and what difficulties have Christians faced? In this accessible history of the world’s largest religion Vardy discusses how disagreements about Jesus’ message shaped different traditions; he also shows how Christianity has responded to such longstanding questions as the nature of God and the problem of evil, as well as to feminism and the ‘new atheism’ in today’s postmodern, relativistic age.
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.
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.
Archbishops Ralph d'Escures, William of Corbeil and Theobald of Bec
Heirs of Anselm and Ancestors of Becket
Between the ‘English Church as Anselm left it’ and the ‘world as Becket found it’, Truax examines the lives and work of three lesser archbishops, and highlights crucial developments in the English church during their pontificates
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’.
A Short History
Described by the Financial Times as ‘an excellent antidote to prejudice’, this concise account of Muslim history emphasizes the importance of rethinking the Western mistrust of Islam which dates back to the time of the Crusades. As well as challenging stereotypes and highlighting how the faith has inspired scholars, mystics and poets, it reveals how Islam’s ‘sacralization of history’ means that the religion, its past history and current events are woven together especially closely.
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.
The Companion to Churches
Stephen Friar's Companion covers all aspects of English parish churches: architecture, fittings and furniture, decorative and allegorical features, stained glass, monuments, brasses and effigies, traditions and folklore, parochial and vestry administration, and the role of the parish church in the history of a community. The book is arranged alphabetically and consists of substantial primary entries on major features, and shorter entries dealing with terminology, historical associations and place names, plus an index of places.
A Brief History of the Druids
The Druids have been perceived, and misunderstood, in many different ways - from the barbaric priests making human sacrifices the Romans described, to ancient exponents of 'New Age' philosophy. Peter Beresford Ellis sifts through archaeological, etymological and Greek and Roman written evidence to provide a fully researched account of the Druids, revealing them as the intellectual caste - the doctors, lawyers, ambassadors and advisers - of ancient Celtic society
Churches, Chapels and the Parish Communities of Lincolnshire
Parish communities were at the centre of the considerable changes that took place in religious life between 1660 and 1900: the development of Protestant dissent, Evangelical Revival, the rise of Methodism, new patterns of worship in the Church of England and changes in the Catholic Church. This study looks at how the people of Lincolnshire responded to developments in religious life and how local communities shaped the course of these changes. Slightly off-mint.
Books of Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Published to accompany an exhibition held at the British Library in 2007, and richly illustrated with reproductions of pages from some of the world's most sublimely beautiful books, this catalogue emphasizes the critical value of examining the sacred works of Jews, Christians and Muslims for a fuller understanding of all three peoples. Three essays, by Karen Armstrong, Everett Fox and FE Peters, accompany the detailed commentaries on over 200 books and manuscripts. Off-mint.
The Founder of the Quakers
Mystic, visionary and evangelist, George Fox called on his followers to tremble before God, leading their enemies to dub them 'Quakers'. Within years, they had become one of England's largest radical sects, dedicated to establishing peace, justice and liberty on Earth. This gripping biography traces Fox's Leicestershire childhood, the growth of his religious and political ideas, his frequent imprisonment and savage persecution against the turbulent backdrop of the English Civil War and its aftermath. Slightly off-mint.