When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation by Paula Fredriksen

Title: When Christians Were Jews Author: Paula Fredriksen Genre: Religion Release Date: October 2, 2018 Pages: 272 A compelling account of Christianity’s Jewish beginnings, from one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient religion How did a group of charismatic, apocalyptic Jewish missionaries, working to prepare their world for the impending realization of God’s promises […]

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Bringing Back the Social into the Sociology of Religion by Véronique Altglas and Matthew Wood

Title: Bringing Back the Social Into the Sociology of Religion Author: Véronique Altglas, Matthew Wood, Genre: Religion Publisher: Studies in Critical Research o Release Date: July 26, 2018 Pages: 220 The contributors to this book explore how ‘bringing the social back into the sociology of religion’ allows a better understanding of contemporary religious life. They […]

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Desire Work: Ex-Gay and Pentecostal Masculinity in South Africa by Melissa Hackman

Title: Desire Work: Ex-Gay and Pentecostal Masculinity in South Africa Author: Melissa Hackman Genre: Religion Publisher: Duke University Press Release Date: 2018 Pages: 232 Melissa Hackman traces the experiences of Pentecostal “ex-gay” men in Cape Town, South Africa, as they attempted to cure their homosexuality, forge a heterosexual masculinity, and enter into heterosexual marriage through […]

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American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow: Building Churches for the Future, 1925-1975 by Catherine R. Osborne

Title: American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow: Building Churches for the Future, 1925-1975 Author: Catherine R. Osborne Publisher: University of Chicago Release Date: 2018 Format: Hardback In the mid-twentieth century, American Catholic churches began to shed the ubiquitous spires, stained glass, and gargoyles of their European forebears, turning instead toward startling and more angular […]

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The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Perfect at any Cost

Title: The Happiness Effect Author: Donna Freitas Genre: Internet and youth Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: February 1, 2017 Pages: 368 Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. Social media has become the dominant force in young people’s lives, and each day seems to bring another shocking tale of private pictures getting into the wrong hands, or a […]

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The Quotidian Revolution: Vernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India

Title: The Quotidian Revolution Author: Christian Lee Novetzke Genre: Religion Publisher: Columbia University Press Release Date: October 11, 2016 Pages: 432 In thirteenth-century Maharashtra, a new vernacular literature emerged to challenge the hegemony of Sanskrit, a language largely restricted to men of high caste. In a vivid and accessible idiom, this new Marathi literature inaugurated […]

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Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth Century: The Or ha-Sekhel of Abraham ben Asher

Title: Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth Century Author: Benjamin Williams Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: April 13, 2016 Pages: 240 Printed editions of midrashim, rabbinic expositions of the Bible, flooded the market for Hebrew books in the sixteenth century. First published by Iberian immigrants to the Ottoman Empire, they were later reprinted […]

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