Christians in Caesar’s Household: The Emperors’ Slaves in the Makings of Christianity by Michael Flexsenhar III

Title: Christians in Caesar's Household: The Emperors' Slaves in the Makings of Christianity Author: Michael Flexsenhar III Publisher: Penn State University Press Release Date: 2019-04 Pages: 224 In this volume, Michael Flexsenhar III advances the argument that imperial slaves and freedpersons in the Roman Empire were essential to early Christians’ self-conception as a distinct people […]

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The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar by Eitan Fishbane

Title: The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar Author: Eitan Fishbane Genre: Literary Criticism Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: 2018 Pages: 536 In the study of Judaism, the Zohar has captivated the minds of interpreters for over seven centuries, and continues to entrance readers in contemporary times. Yet despite these […]

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Tradition: Understanding Christian Tradition by Gerald O’Collins, Gerald O’Collins SJ

Title: Tradition: Understanding Christian Tradition Author: Gerald O'Collins, Gerald O'Collins Sj, Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: January 8, 2019 Pages: 160 A 1963 report on tradition from the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches signalled a substantial convergence between the churches over Christian tradition and its relationship […]

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Preaching Christology in the Roman Near East: A Study of Jacob of Serugh by Philip Michael Forness

Title: Preaching Christology in the Roman Near East Author: Philip Michael Forness Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford Early Christian Studies Release Date: 2018-11 Pages: 352 Preaching Christology in the Roman Near East focuses on a poetic genre of early Christian literature from the Middle East that has challenged historians for decades: the metrical sermons or homilies […]

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Connecting Gospels: Beyond the Canonical/Non-Canonical Divide by Francis Watson and Sarah Parkhouse

Title: Connecting Gospels Author: Francis Watson, Sarah Parkhouse, Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: April 5, 2018 Pages: 304 By the late second century, early Christian gospels had been divided into two groups by a canonical boundary that assigned normative status to four of them while consigning their competitors to the margins. Connecting […]

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Reading Corinthians and Philippians within Judaism by Mark D. Nanos

Title: Reading Corinthians and Philippians within Judaism Author: Mark D. Nanos Publisher: Cascade Books Release Date: 2017 The commentary tradition regarding 1 Corinthians unanimously identifies the “weak” as Christ-followers whose faith was not yet sufficient to indulge in the eating of idol food with indifference, as if ideally Paul wanted them to become “strong” enough […]

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Children in Ancient Israel: The Hebrew Bible and Mesopotamia in Comparative Culture by Shawn Flynn

Title: Children in Ancient Israel: The Hebrewi Bible and Mesopotamia in Comparative Culture Author: Shawn Flynn Publisher: Oxford Release Date: 2018 Flynn contributes to the emerging field of childhood studies in the Hebrew Bible by isolating stages of a child’s life, and through a comparative perspective, studies the place of children in the domestic cult […]

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Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel’s Living God in Jewish Antiquity by Jill Hicks-Keeton

Title: Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel's Living God in Jewish Antiquity Author: Jill Hicks-Keeton Publisher: Oxford Release Date: 2018 Arguing with Aseneth shows how the ancient Jewish romance known as Joseph and Aseneth moves a minor character in Genesis from obscurity to renown, weaving a new story whose main purpose was to intervene […]

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Negotiating the Disabled Body: Representations of Disability in Early Christian Texts by Anna Rebecca Solevåg

Title: Negotiating the Disabled Body: Representations of Disability in Early Christian Texts Author: Anna Rebecca Solevåg Publisher: SBL Press Release Date: September 7, 2018 Anna Rebecca Solevåg explores how nonnormative bodies are presented in early Christian literature through the lens of disability studies. In a number of case studies, Solevåg shows how early Christians struggled […]

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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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