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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The Fetish Revisited: Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make by J. Lorand Matory

Title: The Fetish Revisited Author: J. Lorand Matory Genre: Africa Release Date: October 5, 2018 Pages: 392 J. Lorand Matory casts an Afro-Atlantic eye on European social theory to show how Marx’s and Freud’s conceptions of the fetish illuminate and misrepresent the nature of Africa’s gods while demonstrating that Afro-Atlantic gods have their own social […]

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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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