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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The Missing Martyrs: Why Are There So Few Muslim Terrorists? by Charles Kurzman

Title: The Missing Martyrs: Why Are There So Few Muslim Terrorists? Author: Charles Kurzman Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: December 7, 2018 Pages: 264 Why are there so few Muslim terrorists? With more than a billion Muslims in the world-many of whom supposedly hate the West and ardently desire martyrdom-why don’t […]

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Figuring Racism in Medieval Christianity by Lindsay Kaplan

Title: Figuring Racism in Medieval Christianity Author: Lindsay Kaplan Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: December 7, 2018 Pages: 296 “M. Lindsay Kaplan expands the study of the history of racism through an analysis of the medieval Christian concept of Jewish servitude. Developed through exegetical readings of Biblical figures in canon law, […]

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Science Without God? Rethinking the History of Scientific Naturalism edited by Peter Harrison, Jon H. Roberts

Title: Science Without God? Rethinking the History of Scientific Naturalism Author: Peter Harrison, Jon H. Roberts, Genre: Religion Publisher: Ian Ramsey Centre Studies in S Release Date: January 17, 2019 Pages: 288 Can scientific explanation ever make reference to God or the supernatural? The present consensus is no; indeed, a naturalistic stance is usually taken […]

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Considering Comparison: A Method for Religious Studies by Oliver Freiberger

Title: Considering Comparison: A Method for Religious Studies Author: Oliver Freiberger Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: 2019-02 Pages: 256 The comparative method is an integral part of religious studies. All the technical terms that scholars of religion use on a daily basis, such as ritual, hagiography, shrine, authority, fundamentalism, hybridity, and, […]

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Mind and Body in Early China: Beyond Orientalism and the Myth of Holism by Edward Slingerland

Title: Mind and Body in Early China: Beyond Orientalism and the Myth of Holism Author: Edward Slingerland Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: December 21, 2018 Pages: 400 Mind and Body in Early China critiques Orientalist accounts of early China as the radical, “holistic” other. The idea that the early Chinese held […]

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The Third Disestablishment: Church, State, and American Culture, 1940-1975 by Steven K. Green

Title: The Third Disestablishment: Church, State, and American Culture, 1940-1975 Author: Steven K. Green Genre: Church and state Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: 2019 Pages: 448 The Third Disestablishment examines the formative period in the development of church-state law and the rise and decline of church-state separation as a legal construct and a […]

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The Making of a Modern Temple and a Hindu City by Deonnie Moodie

Title: The Making of a Modern Temple and a Hindu City Author: Deonnie Moodie Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: December 4, 2018 Pages: 240 “Middle-class Hindus have worked to modernize Kālīghāṭ – the most famous Hindu temple in Kolkata – over the past long century. Rather than being rejected with the […]

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Among the Scientologists: History, Theology, and Praxis by Donald Westbrook

Title: Among the Scientologists: History, Theology, and Praxis Author: Donald Westbrook Genre: Religion Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA Release Date: December 3, 2018 Pages: 336 The Church of Scientology is one of the most recognizable American-born new religions, but perhaps the least understood. With academic and popular interest on the rise, many books have been […]

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