When Lion Could Fly
And Other Tales from Africa
Appealing to young and old alike, these 30 traditional tales from Africa feature creatures such as monkeys, jackals, a pangolin and a dung beetle. Accompanied by realistic illustrations, statistics and facts, they also convey a serious message: we must look after the African continent and its creatures, because time is running out. Age 6+
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 Birds of CITES
And How to Identify Them
This comprehensive reference handbook was produced for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, to describe the birds of the world threatened with depletion or extinction. The large, beautifully drawn illustrations capture in exquisite detail many hundreds of species, and for each one there is information on its physical characteristics and its range. All technical terms are clearly explained, and there is a helpful guide to bird families.
A true English eccentric, Yorkshire squire Charles Waterton (1782–1856) talked to insects, fought with snakes, rode an alligator and lived like a monk. Long before such things were fashionable, he turned his family estate into a nature reserve, while his three-volume natural history and his Wanderings in South America became bestsellers in their day. This exuberant biography enthusiastically embraces its subject's originality and quirky humour to celebrate the indomitable spirit of a pioneering environmentalist.
The Book of the Toad
A Natural and Magical History of Toad-Human Relations
The toad has long suffered from image problems. By the time of Shakespeare its ugliness was proverbial and its reputation for being poisonous hardly helped. Yet Professor DeGraaff makes a convincing and entertaining case for these much-abused creatures as deserving of our respect and admiration. He includes not only toad science but also an exploration of the toad as a literary and artistic subject, mythological symbol and threatened species. The result is a treat for bufophiles everywhere.
The Sacred in Music
Despite the central role of music in religion, academic theology has treated its sacred significance as a peripheral concern. In a provocative exploration of the connections between theology and music theory, Blackwell redresses this balance. Bringing together the perspectives of different Christian traditions, he uses the concept of 'sacramental potential' to show how these two interdependent 'realms of experience veiled in mystery' can work together in worship to place the essence of the divine in human minds.
A Century of Protestant Theology
Many significant developments have taken place in Protestant theology over the past century. After an historical survey of Protestant responses to the Enlightenment, this book examines the ideas of the Swiss theologian Karl Barth, the work of Bultmann, and the radical theologies that emerged after the Second World War. The final chapter surveys the horizons opened by ecumenical encounters with the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, with other faiths, and with the natural sciences.
Lifting the Veil
A Plain Language Guide to the Bible
The Bible's size and obscurities can be a stumbling-block for those who want to know it better, so Peter Hermon has produced this clear overview of its content and the 'golden thread of Promise' that runs through it. The core of this volume is a book-by-book, section-by-section survey of the Old and New Testaments and the 'Deutero-Canonical' additions, supplemented with background information on key themes, the different genres represented and the interrelations between books.
The Divine Drama
The Old Testament as Literature
With this book John Dancy has set out to restore the Old Testament to 'the reading list of the general educated public' by selecting sections of the text for their artistic merit and intrinsic interest. These dramatic narratives and the heightened speech of Hebrew poetry are accompanied by Dancy's commentary, which concentrates on literary matters and provides parallels with other ancient Near Eastern and Greek texts, as well as highlighting features of Hebrew language and story-telling techniques.
A Century of New Testament Study
The past 100 years have seen profound changes in New Testament study. This book follows its development from the late 19th century through the challenges of the 20th. Central to the book's argument is Rudolf Bultmann's attempt to reconcile critical, historical and theological studies, and its ultimate failure. Reviewing recent developments, Riches concludes by asking if the time has not come for a similar attempt to integrate modern approaches.