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 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.
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’.
Land of Carmel
The Origins of Spirituality of the Carmelite Order
Written by a Carmelite solitary, this introduction to the Order focuses on its early years as a small group of hermits at the time of the Crusades and its development up to the era of the great 16th-century figures, with chapters on Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.
The Cities That Built the Bible
This lively but always scholarly book forms a tour of 14 ancient cities, from Nineveh and Babylon to Alexandria and Rome, which played a significant role in the ‘construction’ of the Bible. Blending archaeology, biblical history and accounts of his own travels in the Holy Land, the author identifies how some of the locations connect with Bible stories, and explains how others contributed to the long process of selection, translation and compilation behind the texts we know today. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.
You Looked at Me
The Spiritual Testimony of Claudine Moine
A refugee from the Thirty Years War, the French dressmaker Claudine Moine lived in Paris in the middle of the 17th century. Under instructions from her spiritual director, she kept a detailed account of God's action in her life during the three years from 1652 to 1655. The result is a work of extraordinary spiritual and theological richness, made available in English for the first time in Father Gerard Carroll's fine translation. With an introduction and notes.
Garland of Faith
Medieval Prayers and Poems Newly Translated and Arranged for the Three Year Lectionary
The texts in this collection were excised from the liturgy in the 16th century, but have been newly arranged for use in modern worship. Mostly translated for the first time, they comprise sequences originally sung before the Gospel, prayers from the ancient Gallican rite and a variety of poems. The items are organized according to the seasons of the church’s year; each is accompanied by a short commentary.
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East
The minority religions of the Middle East continue to practise faiths and customs that preserve the last vestiges of great ancient empires. But today the turmoil in the region threatens the survival of their small communities. A former British diplomat here draws on his encounters with such groups as the Yazidis, Zoroastrians and Copts as he describes their history and explains why they have refused inducements to abandon their beliefs. Foreword by Rory Stewart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.
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.
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 Essence of Sufism
John Baldock begins this introduction with chapters on the life of the Prophet Mohammad, the Qur’an, the principal tenets of Islam and the emergence of Sufism, before discussing the Sufis themselves, their literature, and the path of transformation and fulfilment that frees the individual from the dictates of ego.
The Essence of the Gnostics
Bernard Simon looks at elements of Gnosticism that are common to ancient pagan and occult religions; he compares its teachings with the Judeo-Christian faiths, and in particular with the writings of Paul; and considers the spiritual and cosmic principles and iconography that have endured to the present day.
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.
Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings
The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel
The history of ancient Israel is told through the biographies of 83 leaders, from the founder Abraham (c.1450 BCE) and his son Isaac to Herod Agrippa, who died in 44 CE when the region was under Roman occupation. Seeking to reveal the historical figures behind the familiar names and traditional stories, Rogerson discusses debates about the accuracy and interpretation of the biblical accounts and the insights provided by other ancient texts and archaeological discoveries. Off-mint.
Jesus Before the Gospels
How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented their Stories of the Savior
The earliest surviving accounts of Jesus’ life date from several decades after his death, and their reliability has been questioned. Ehrman brings a fresh approach to the study of the Gospels, drawing on research, by anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists, which examines how memory is distorted and how stories change within oral traditions. He argues that the Gospels form ‘shared memories of the past’ that reveal how the early Christians’ beliefs about Jesus were shaped by the world in which they lived. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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 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.
How the Bible Became Holy
The Bible is an anthology of diverse writings that were compiled, revised and rewritten between 800 BCE and 150 CE; standardized canons of Jewish and Christian holy books emerged several centuries later still. As he traces this long and complex development, Satlow challenges modern assumptions about the nature of biblical authority, asking how, when and why individuals and communities in antiquity regarded texts as authoritative and how a variety of attitudes evolved.
Ancient Philosophy of Religion
Volume One: The History of Western Philosophy of Religion
Comprising chapters devoted to individual thinkers from Pythagoras to Pseudo-Dionysius, this volume covers ancient and early Christian thought on God, the gods, religious belief and practice. Vol 1 of The History of Western Philosophy of Religion.
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
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.
Prayer for the Day: Volume II
More Reflections for Daily Inspiration
All religions agree on one thing: to be human is to pray. This new collection of 365 meditations from BBC Radio 4’s Prayer for the Day offers insights from across the faiths into happiness, integrity and spiritual wellbeing. With one prayer for every day of the year, the book provides new perspectives on the challenges of our times, and a vision of gratitude, joy and hope.
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.
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.
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 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 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’.
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.
Key Words of Pope Francis
‘Words,’ writes the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew in the foreword to this book, ‘are much more than conventional utterances.’ They are ‘our most intimate reflection of divinity.’ In this collection of more than 50 essays, writers from around the world examine the meaning of words that feature prominently in the utterances of Pope Francis – capitalism, conscience, family, immigrant, money, reform, women – and discuss what they reveal about him and his ministry.
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.
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.
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.
God, Darwin, and the Meaning of Life
Philip Appleman, poet and Darwin scholar, reflects on the struggles of our complex, highly evolved brains as we try to make sense of our human predicament. In particular, he argues, it is through our hypocrisies about religious belief that ‘toadstools of neurosis spring up in the dank labyrinths of our psyches’. He therefore proposes ways of valuing more highly our ephemeral existence and creating a more equitable society free from religious animosities and ‘pious bigotry’.
The People and the Books
18 Classics of Jewish Literature
Jews have long embraced their identity as a ‘people of the book’, but outside the Bible, much Jewish writing remains unknown. This wide-ranging survey examines 18 classic texts, from Deuteronomy to the 20th century. From the writings of Moses Maimonides, Baruch Spinoza and his contemporary, the 17th-century businesswoman Glückel of Hamelin, the Zionist Theodore Herzl and others, Kirsch draws out the enduring themes of Jewish literature: the nature of God, the Promised Land, and the challenges of diaspora life.
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.
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. 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 Essence of Vedanta
‘Vedanta’, writes Brian Hodgkinson, ‘hinges upon this truly remarkable idea, that everything, without any exception whatsoever, is the one spirit’. In this book he first discusses the ancient historical and literary origins of Vedanta, then turns to the central tenets of Vedic philosophy and their social dimension.
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.
The Battle for Christendom
The Council of Constance, the East-West Conflict, and the Dawn of Modern Europe
The Council of Constance, convened by Emperor Sigismund in 1414 to counter the Turkish threat, is viewed by Welsh as a turning-point in history which planted seeds that came to fruition in the Renaissance, Humanism and the Reformation.
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.
A Brief Guide to Judaism
Theology, History and Practice
What are the key elements of Jewish theology? 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 Lost Book of Moses
The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible
When the flamboyant treasure-hunter Moses Wilhelm Shapira arrived in London in 1883, he claimed to have discovered the world’s most ancient copy of Deuteronomy – and was quickly denounced as a fraudster. Over 70 years later the emergence of the eerily similar Dead Sea Scrolls prompted reassessment of Shapira’s claims, but by then his scrolls had vanished. Tigay describes his own worldwide quest to locate these mysterious documents and establish whether they truly were a forgery. Felt-tip mark on lower edge.
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.
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.
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.
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 advisors – of ancient Celtic society
Pope Gregory X and the Crusades
Studies in the History of Medieval Religion: Volume XLI
Pope Gregory X (1271–1276) died before the crusade he planned could be launched; but Baldwin uses a study of Gregory’s preparations to reveal the changing nature of crusading and particularly the passagium particulare.
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.
Abraham and his Son
The Story of a Story
The book of Genesis tells how Abraham obeyed God’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac, a brief story that has profoundly influenced the theology and rituals of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as well as art, music and literature down the ages. In his history of this enigmatic tale, Goodman explores its many versions, from Syriac hymns to Sartre and Bob Dylan, showing how each rewriting has addressed worries about Abraham’s unquestioning faith and God’s reasons for requiring the sacrifice.
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.
A Dictionary of Christian Denominations
Contrary to Jesus' wish that his followers 'may all be one', Christianity has become, over time, ever more schismatic. This dictionary provides information on over 1,000 significant denominations and movements, ranging from the mainstream historical churches to heretical sects that flourished briefly in the third or fourth centuries and groups that sprang up around charismatic leaders in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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.
Britain's Medieval Episcopal Thrones
History, Archaeology and Conservation
Six episcopal thrones survive from 14th-century cathedral churches. In this scholarly volume, Charles Tracy presents in-depth studies of the timber thrones in Exeter, St David’s and Hereford Cathedrals and the impressive, canopied oak bishop’s chair in Lincoln; Andrew Budge contributes a chapter on the two stone episcopal thrones at Wells and Durham Cathedrals. There is much additional information in appendices, and the studies are lavishly illustrated with photographs, plans and line drawings of the thrones.
Kings of the Grail
The location and even the very existence of the Holy Grail have been shrouded in mystery for centuries. In this book the authors present the texts of parchment documents recently discovered in Egypt, revealing that the relic passed through the hands of kings and reached the Iberian peninsula in the mid eleventh century, having previously been preserved in Jerusalem. This evidence is combined with material from other sources to identify the Grail as a chalice now kept at León in northern Spain.