The Body and Desire: Gregory of Nyssa’s Ascetical Theology by Raphael A. Cadenhead

Title: The Body and Desire Author: Raphael A. Cadenhead Genre: Religion Publisher: University of California Press Release Date: November 27, 2018 Pages: 288 Although the reception of the Eastern Father Gregory of Nyssa has varied over the centuries, the past few decades have witnessed a profound awakening of interest in his thought. The Body and […]

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Saints: A Very Short Introduction by Simon Yarrow

Title: Saints: A Very Short Introduction Author: Simon Yarrow Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: 2018 The idea of saints and sainthood are familiar to all, irrelevant of religious faith. In this Very Short Introduction, Simon Yarrow looks at the origins, ideas, and definitions of sainthood, sanctity, and saints in the early Church, tracing their […]

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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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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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Righteous Gentiles: Religion, Identity, and Myth in John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel by Sean Durbin

Title: Righteous Gentiles: Religion, Identity, and Myth in John Hagee's Christians United for Israel Author: Sean Durbin Genre: Religion Publisher: Studies in Critical Research on Religion Release Date: November 29, 2018 In Righteous Gentiles Sean Durbin critically analyses the rhetoric of prominent Christian Zionists in America and the way their strategies of mythmaking function to […]

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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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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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