Discovering the Lead Codices: The Book of Seven Seals
and the Secret Teachings of Jesus
One of the most controversial episodes in recent Biblical archaeology has concerned a hoard of ring-bound lead books allegedly discovered in a remote Jordanian valley. Could these be the oldest Christian artefacts ever found? Are they genuine? The Elkingtons, who first saw photographs of them in 2007, recount their subsequent quest to track down and authenticate the codices and to investigate the possible meanings of their texts and symbols in the context of early Christianity and Judaism.
Faith in the Public Square
As Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams won the respect of believers and non-believers alike for his wisdom, humanity and tolerance. In this series of interlinked essays, he examines the challenges faced by Christians in a modern secular society. His lucid and penetrating analysis gets to the heart of the political, moral and economic crises of our times, shedding light on such pressing issues as multiculturalism, human rights, the environment, the role of religion in government and religious diversity.
Great Christian Thinkers
A Beginner's Guide to Over Seventy Leading Theologians Through the Ages
In a concise, informative and light-hearted book, Blakely offers 'a beginner's guide' to over 70 leading theologians, ranging chronologically from Ignatius of Antioch (35–107 CE) to Leonardo Boff (b.1938), but arranged alphabetically.
Imagination, Magic and Myth
The unique art inspired by Tibet's cultural amalgam of Shamanism and Buddhism is meant to be of specific use and spiritual benefit to everyone. Rawson discusses a wealth of photographs which depict not only the artistic productions of the past but also the activities of the present-day monks who continue ancient traditions, with their mandalas, mantras and meditation offering 'powerful, untarnished and coherent alternatives to Western egotistical lifestyles'.
The Cistercians in the Early Middle Ages
Published to mark the nonacentenary of the foundation of the Cistercian order at Citeaux in 1098, this volume portrays the growth and the cultural, spiritual and economic life of the 'white monks'. Williams's study is concerned with the first 250 years of Cistercian history, the so-called 'Golden Age' that was brought to an end by the Black Death. The book includes numerous maps and plans, a chapter on the Cistercian-affiliated nunneries and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
The Church of England in Industrialising Society
The Lancashire Parish of Whalley in the Eighteenth Century
Through a close study of the parish of Whalley in Lancashire, Snape examines the fortunes of the Church of England during the 18th century, raising issues such as parochial charities and the Church's relationship with folk religion. No jacket.
An Encyclopedia of the World's Faiths
Drawing on a wealth of scholarly research and firsthand source material, this is a comprehensive survey of the modern religious world. Encompassing traditional faiths, indigenous religions and new religious movements, the book focuses on the historical development and teachings of each religion and examines how these traditions have evolved into contemporary beliefs and practices. This revised and updated edition also explores new approaches to spirituality, the spread of religious pluralism and the movement towards interfaith dialogue.
The History of the Church through 100 Masterpieces
From Paul’s ‘transformation of the Gospel message into a worldwide church’, represented by Il Bassano’s Sermon of Saint Paul, to Repin’s Procession in the Province of Kursk, depicting the persecution of Christians during the communist revolutions, this book traces the story of the Christian church through art. For each of 100 paintings, the authors discuss the historical events shown, their religious meaning and cultural background, providing a thoughtful and visually engaging history of the Church.
Miracles at the Jesus Oak
Histories of the Supernatural in Reformation Europe
In the musty archive of a Belgian abbey, the historian Craig Harline happened upon a vast collection of 17th-century documents written by people who claimed to have experienced miracles and wonders. This book recasts their accounts into five engaging vignettes, ranging from a miraculous oak tree in a wood near Brussels to the healing of a sick child in Ghent, and opens a window into the minds of the Catholic faithful in Reformation Europe.
Connecting the Covenants
Judaism and the Search for Christian Identity in Eighteenth-Century England
Studying 'the preoccupation of certain Christian thinkers with Judaism as a critical religious and cultural factor' in the early 18th century, Ruderman focuses on the writings and career of English-born Christian convert Moses Marcus.
The Son of God for the Secular Age
The image of Jesus as divine has endured for 2,000 years, but how, in the light of the Holocaust and other atrocities, can it be reconciled with the modern world? Drawing on acute searching as a believer and a wide range of scholarship from Bonhoeffer onwards, James Carroll brings into focus a view of Jesus that is both true to the classical tradition and relevant to the 21st century.
Butler's Lives of the Saints
New Concise Edition
With one saint for each day of the year, this volume is a selection from the 2,500 entries in the new full edition of Butler's work. It gives a simple factual presentation of their lives, showing how they worked for the good of their fellow men and women. Towering figures (Anselm, Augustine, George) contrast with the more obscure (Blaise, Thorlac, Wulsin), but all illustrate the words of Alban Butler himself: in saints' lives 'we see the most perfect maxims of the gospel reduced to practice'.
Science and Theology since Copernicus
The Search for Understanding
In this survey of scientific development and theological response over the past 450 years, Barrett covers three major shifts in Western science – the Scientific Revolution (16th and 17th centuries), Darwin's theory of evolution, and New Physics in the 20th century. He describes how the work of leading figures such as Copernicus, Boyle, Newton, Linnaeus and Darwin impacted on Christian belief and concludes with a discussion of the discourse between science and theology in recent decades.
The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring
Drawing on astonishingly wide reading (Lucian, Augustine, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Dante, Heine, Flaubert, Ruskin, Orwell, Truffaut and Francis of Assisi are just some of the authors cited), Bazyn sets each of the seven 'deadly sins' - and seven 'subsins' - in the context of millennia of observations on the darker side of human nature. Never moralizing, but often amusing, the book provides a corrective to modern Christianity's neglect of this traditional resource for teaching responsibility in ethics. Slightly off-mint.
Introduction to the History of Christianity
From the Early Church to the Enlightenment
Focusing on the interaction between the sacred and the secular, this introduction to the history of Christianity examines three pivotal periods: from 300 CE, when Constantine initiated the process of Christianizing the Roman world, to 500 CE; 1050-1250, which saw a radical programme of renewal in Latin Christendom; and 1450-1650, the age of upheavals known as the Reformation. Within these periods Herring illuminates specific aspects of the historical experience of Christianity by looking at institutions, theological ideas or particular individuals.
Geography of Religion
Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk
This sumptuously illustrated volume explores the birthplaces of the world's five great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism in India and the monotheistic faiths in the Middle East - and follows the spread of their monuments and practices around the globe. At a time when the world is divided by faith, the book's focus on the universal principles they share shows that, while they all have both saints and fanatics, our religions bind us together in the quest for a higher truth.
Dictionary of Christian Biography
The scope of this Dictionary extends beyond 'professional' Christians such as churchmen, saints, theologians and mystics: in 6,500 or so brief biographies it covers many hundreds of people from diverse walks of life, selected because their commitment to Christianity played an important part in their public lives. Here are profiles of economists, artists, archaeologists and journalists alongside the major, and many minor, figures of Christian history. The Dictionary covers the period from the end of the New Testament era to the 20th century.
The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family
and the Birth of Christianity
Tabor's provocative argument claims that Jesus was the firstborn son of a royal family who really was acclaimed 'King of the Jews' and established a dynasty that he left in the hands of his brother James. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Short Course in Christian Doctrine
Written for 'those concerned with the practice of Christian communicative action rather than its theoretical analysis', this introduction to the process of teaching draws on Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox traditions, together with the work of philosophers such as Habermas and Heidegger, to illuminate discussions of homiletics, spirituality and the place of religion in our cultural, ethical and political lives.
A Chronology of World Christianity
From the birth of Jesus to the present day, this year-by-year listing of significant events in the history of Christianity covers the activities of all those who call themselves Christians – the creation of places of worship, the organization and administration of their communities, their relationship with each other and with other religions. The chronology also records dates of key figures, written texts and works of art, and is accompanied by short articles on important events and themes.
The Psalms of the Return
Book V, Psalms 107-150
This is the fourth volume of Goulder's Studies in the Psalter in which he argues that the psalms should be interpreted in line with their place in the Psalter. Here, he deals with Book V (Psalms 107-150), reordering its three sub-divisions as: the Songs of the Ascents and Nehemiah (120-134); Psalms 107-119 and the reconstruction of the Temple; and Psalms 135-150 and Ezra. Translations are given in the Revised Version margin (1881). Journal for the Study of the New Testament
The Commerce of the Sacred
Mediation of the Divine among Jews in the Greco-Roman World
An influential work since its first publication in 1984, The Commerce of the Sacred now appears in a new, updated edition. It combines approaches from the history of religions and social anthropology to investigate the practices and influence of Jews who lived in the Greco-Roman world outside Palestine. Without rabbinic control, Lightstone argues, they developed their own beliefs, such as those involving prayers at dead martyrs' tombs, and thereby helped blur the boundaries between Jews and Christians.