□ 115 [American Conservatism]
Protestants and American Conservatism: A Short History
/ Harp, Gillis J. 336 p. Oxford, 2019:07.
Gillis Harp traces the relationship between Protestantism and conservative politics in America from the Puritans to Palin. Christian belief long shaped American conservatism by bolstering its critical view of human nature and robust skepticism of human perfectibility.
□ 116 [Aquinas, T.]
Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae: A Biography / McGinn, B. (Lives of Great Religious Books)
160 p. Princeton UP, 2014/2019:05.
ISBN:9780691191799 pap \2,420
Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. His many books include Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil and The Presence of God, a multivolume history of Western Christian mysticism.
□ 117 [Barth, Karl]
Karl Barth and Comparative Theology / Moore-Keish, M. L. (ed) (Comparative Theology: Thinking across Traditions)
288 p. Fordham UP, 2019.
Each essay brings Barth into conversation with theological claims from other religious traditions for the purpose of modeling deep learning across religious borders from a Barthian perspective. For each tradition, two Barth-influenced theologians offer focused engagements of Barth with the tradition’s respective themes and figures, and a response from a theologian from that tradition then follows.
□ 118 [Bible]
The Book of Exodus: A Biography / Baden, Joel S.
(Lives of Great Religious Books) 237 p. Princeton UP, 2019.
Exodus is the second book of the Hebrew Bible, but it may rank first in lasting cultural importance. It is here that the classic biblical themes of oppression and redemption, of human enslavement and divine salvation, are most dramatically expressed. Baden tells the story of this influential and enduring book, tracing how its famous account of the Israelites’ journey to the promised land has been adopted and adapted for millennia, often in unexpected ways.
□ 119 -Bible and Poetry in Late Antique Mesopotamia: Ephrem's Hymns on Faith / Wickes, Jeffrey (Christianity in Late Antiquity 5) 224 p. California UP, 2019:10.
“In this insightful book, Jeffrey Wickes shows how Ephrem wove together self-portrayal with depiction of the Nicene Christ and brought both into the constructed ‘world’ of his hymns. Persuasively presenting the internal coherence of Ephrem’s endeavor, Wickes sets the hymns into the rhetorical and poetic landscape of late antiquity and proposes a new social context for them, in ‘a blurred space between liturgy and the classroom.’”--Kathleen E. McVey
□ 120 -The Bible, the Talmud, and the New Testament: Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik's Commentary to the Gospels/ Magid, S. (ed) & J. G. Levy (tr) (Jewish Culture and Contexts)
448 p. Pennsylvania UP, 2019:06.
"The Bible, the Talmud, and the New Testament is a fascinating book on one of the most intriguing and forgotten rabbinic characters of the nineteenth century. Elijah Soloveitchik was, to be sure, an idiosyncratic figure, but the story of his life and work is extremely instructive for those interested in the Jewish Enlightenment as well as Jewish-Christian relations today."-Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Tel Aviv University
□ 121 [Bonhoeffer, Dietrich]
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christian Humanism / Zimmermann, Jens. 400 p. Oxford, 2019:05.
Jens Zimmermann locates Bonhoeffer within the Christian humanist tradition extending back to patristic theology. He begins by explaining Bonhoeffer's own use of the term humanism (and Christian humanism), and considering how his criticism of liberal Protestant theology prevents him from articulating his own theology rhetorically as a Christian humanism.
□ 122 [Buddhism]
Guardians of the Buddha’s Home: Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jodo Shinshu / Starling, Jessica (Contemporary Buddhism) 232 p. Hawaii UP, 2019:02.
Engaging with what religious scholars have called the “turn to affect,” Starling’s work investigates in personal detail how religious dispositions are formed in individual practitioners. The answer, not surprisingly, has as much to do with intimate relationships and quotidian practices as with formal liturgies or
□ 123 -Pure Lands in Asian Texts and Contexts: An Anthology / Halkias, Georgios T.& Payne, R. K. (ed)
792 p. Hawaii UP, 2019:03.
□ 124 -Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets: Rituals of History in Post-Soviet Buryatia / Quijada, Justine Buck (Oxford Ritual Studies) 256 p. Oxford, 2019.
From the Soviet perspective, Buryats, an indigenous Siberian ethnic group, were a "backwards" nationality that was carried along on the inexorable march towards the Communist utopian future. When the Soviet Union ended, the Soviet version of history lost its power and Buryats, like other Siberian indigenous peoples, were able to revive religious and cultural traditions that had been suppressed by the Soviet state.
□ 125 [Catholic Theology]
The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology / Ayres, Lewis et al. (ed) 1024 p. Oxford, 2019:03.
This comprehensive volume features fifty-six original contributions by some of the best-known names in current Catholic theology from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The chapters are written in an engaging and easily comprehensible style functioning both as a scholarly reference and as a survey of the field. There are no comparable studies available in one volume and the book will be an indispensable reference for students of Catholic theology at all levels and in all contexts.
□ 126 [Dead Sea Scrolls]
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography / Collins, John J. (Lives of Great Religious Books) 320 p. Princeton UP, 2012/2019:05.
ISBN:9780691191713 pap \2,423
He explores whether the scrolls were indeed the property of an isolated, quasi-monastic community or more broadly reflected the Judaism of their time. He unravels the impassioned disputes surrounding the scrolls and Christianity, and looks at attempts to attempts to “reclaim” the scrolls for Judaism after the full corpus became available in the 1990s. Collins also describes how the decades-long delay in publishing the scrolls gave rise to sensational claims and conspiracy theories.
□ 127 [Gregory of Nazianzus]
Gregory of Nazianzus's Letter Collection: The Complete Translation / Storin, Bradley K. (tr) (Christianity in Late Antiquity 7) 259 p. California UP, 2019:12.
Whereas 240 letters have often been cast aside as readers turn to his theological orations or autobiographical poetry for insight into his life, thought, and times, Self-Portrait in Three Colors focuses squarely on them, building a provocative case that the finalized collection constitutes not an epistolary archive but an autobiography in epistolary form--a single text composed to secure his status among provincial contemporaries and later generations.
□ 128 -Self-Portrait in Three Colors: Gregory of Nazianzus's Epistolary: Autobiography / Storin, Bradley K. (Christianity in Late Antiquity 6) 298 p. California UP, 2019:09.
“With this collection, Bradley Storin takes seriously the proposition that ancient letter collections were anything but haphazardly assembled. He demonstrates splendidly that Gregory conceived of his collected correspondence as a cohesive, uniform work and wished it to be read as such?as a powerful autobiography, easily turned to hagiography. Storin has written a wonderful book of relevance far beyond the field.”--Susanna Elm.
□ 129 [Hebrew Bible]
Heroic Bodies in Ancient Israel / Doak, Brian R. 224 p. Oxford, 2019:05.
Examines the heroic world of ancient Israel within the Hebrew Bible, and shows that ancient Israelite literature operated within and against a world of heroic ideals in its ancient context. The heroic body tells a story of Israel's remembered history in the eventual making of the monarchy, marking a new kind of individual power. Not merely a textual study of the Hebrew Bible in isolation, this book also considers iconography and compares Israelite literature with other ancient materials.
□ 130 -Opening Israel's Scriptures / Davis, Ellen F.
464 p. Oxford, 2019.
ISBN:9780190948948 pap \6,300
Based on more than two decades of lectures on Old Testament interpretation, Ellen F. Davis offers a selective yet comprehensive guide to the core concepts, literary patterns, storylines, and theological perspectives that are central to Israel's Scriptures Underlying the whole study is the primary assumption that each book of the canon has literary and theological coherence, though not uniformity.
□ 131 [Hinduism]
Krishna's Lineage: The Harivamsha of Vyasa's Mahabharata
/ Brodbeck, Simon (ed /tr) 424 p. Oxford, 2019.
ISBN:9780190279189 pap \3,278
Presents the complete Harivamsha in engaging, modern English. Follows the critical edition - published in Poona in 1969, which is a reconstructed ancient version of the text. Provides an introduction (placing the text in its literary context), brief explanatory footnotes below the translation, and a series of detailed family trees and a complete index of names.
□ 132 -The Oxford History of Hinduism: Modern Hinduism.
/ Brekke, Torkel. 336 p. Oxford, 2019:06.
Divided into three parts, part one considers the historical background to modern conceptualizations of Hinduism. Moving away from the reforms of the 19th and early 20th century, part two includes five chapters each presenting key developments and changes in religious practice in modern Hinduism. Part three moves to issues of politics, ethics, and law.
□ 133 [Islamic Studies]
The Oxford Handbook of Qur'anic Studies / Shah, M. & Haleem, M. A. S. A. (eds) (Oxford Handbooks)
896 p. Oxford, 2019:08.
Notwithstanding its religious pre-eminence and the fact that it is the sacred text for over one billion of the world's Muslims, the Qur'an is also considered to be the matchless masterpiece of the Arabic language. Its historical impact as a text can be discerned in all aspects of the heritage of the Arabic literary tradition.
□ 134 -Preserving Islamic Tradition: Abu Nasr Qursawi and the Beginnings of Modern Reformism / Spannaus, Nathan
352 p. Oxford, 2019:07.
The first major study of a little-known but influential figure in an Islamic reformist project. Features a systematic study of unpublished primary sources that have received little scholarly attention. Offers a new theoretical lens for approaching modern Islamic intellectual history.
□ 135 [Japanese Buddhism]
Seeking Sakyamuni: South Asia in the Formation of Modern Japanese Buddhism / Jaffe, Richard M. (Buddhism and Modernity) 200 p. Chicago UP, 2019.
ISBN:9780226391151 pap \4,387
In the richly illustrated Seeking Sakyamuni, Richard M. Jaffe reveals the experiences of the first Japanese Buddhists who traveled to South Asia in search of Buddhist knowledge beginning in 1873. Analyzing the impact of these voyages on Japanese conceptions of Buddhism, he argues that South Asia developed into a pivotal nexus for the development of twentieth-century Japanese Buddhism.
□ 136 [Jewish Studies]
The Grammar of Messianism: An Ancient Jewish Political Idiom and Its Users / Novenson, Matthew V. 384 p. Oxford, 2019.
ISBN:9780190053215 pap \4,900
In this book, Matthew V. Novenson offers a revisionist account of messianism in antiquity. He shows that, for the ancient Jews and Christians who used the term, a messiah was not an article of faith but a manner of speaking. It was a scriptural figure of speech, one among numerous others, useful for thinking about kinds of political order: present or future, real or ideal, monarchic or theocratic, dynastic or charismatic, and other variations besides.
□ 137 [Luther, M.]
Martin Luther's The Church Held Captive in Babylon: A new translation with introduction and notes / Luther, M.; tr. by Denis Janz. 272 p. Oxford, 2019:05.
In August of 1520, Martin Luther published the first of three incendiary works, Address to the German Nobility, in which he urged secular authorities to take a strong hand in "reforming" the Roman church. In October, he published The Church Held Captive, and by December the deepest theological rationale appeared in The Freedom of a Christian. With these three books, the relatively unknown Friar Martin exploded onto the Western European literary and religious scene.
□ 138 [Mary the Mother of Jesus]
The Oxford Handbook of Mary / Maunder, Chris (ed)
(Oxford Handbooks) 720 p. Oxford, 2019:08.
While Mary can be a source of theological disagreement, this authoritative collection shows Mary's rich potential for inter-faith and inter-denominational dialogue and shared experience. It covers a diverse number of topics that show how Mary and Mariology are articulated within ecclesiastical contexts but also on their margins in popular devotion. Newly-commissioned essays describe some of the central ideas of Christian Marian thought
□ 139 [Old Testaments]
Qumran Cave 4: The Aramaic Books of Enoch, 4Q201, 4Q202, 4Q204, 4Q205, 4Q206, 4Q207, 4Q212 / Drawnel, Henryk (ed) 672 p. Oxford, 2019.
A complete edition of seven Aramaic manuscripts from Qumran together with a full concordance of all the lexemes and plates with the photographs of the manuscripts. Provides synoptic comparison of the Aramaic text with versional evidence. Includes text-critical notes and detailed commentary on the content of the fragments. Includes Greek and Ethiopic versions of 1 Enoch set in parallel with the fragmentary Aramaic text
□ 140 [Philosophy of Religion]
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 9 /
Buchak, L. (ed) 288 p. Oxford, 2019.
ISBN:9780198845508 pap \4,980
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion is an annual volume offering a regular snapshot of state-of-the-art work in this longstanding area of philosophy that has seen an explosive growth of interest over the past half century. Under the guidance of a distinguished editorial board, it publishes exemplary papers in any area of philosophy of religion. All papers published here for the first time
□ 141 [Presbyterianism]
The Oxford Handbook of Presbyterianism / Smith, G. S. & Kemeny, P. C. (ed.) 640 p. Oxford UP, 2019:07.
Provides a state of the art reference tool written by leading scholars in the fields of religious studies and history. These thirty five articles cover major facets of Presbyterian history, theological beliefs, worship practices, ecclesiastical forms and structures, as well as important ethical, political, and educational issues. Eschewing parochial and sectarian triumphalism, prominent scholars address their particular topics
□ 142 [Protestantism]
The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, Vol 4: The Twentieth Century: Traditions in a Global Context / Hanciles, Jehu J. (ed) 480 p. Oxford, 2019.
The five-volume Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions series is governed by a motif of migration ('out-of-England'). It first traces organized church traditions that arose in England as Dissenters distanced themselves from a state church defined by diocesan episcopacy, the Book of Common Prayer, the Thirty-Nine Articles, and royal supremacy, but then follows those traditions as they spread beyond England.
□ 143 [Religion & Theology]
Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters
/ Smith, Christian. 296 p. Princeton UP, 2019.
ISBN:9780691191645 pap \3,030
Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology and was founding director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. His books include To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Good Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil.
□ 144 -The Wealth of Religions: The Political Economy of Believing and Belonging / Barro, Robert J. & McCleary, Rachel. 160 p. Princeton UP, 2019:05.
…draw on their long record of pioneering research to examine these and many other aspects of the economics of religion. Places with firm beliefs in heaven and hell measured relative to the time spent in religious activities tend to be more productive and experience faster growth. Going further, there are two directions of causation: religiosity influences economic performance and economic development affects religiosity.
□ 145 -The Scriptures of Won Buddhism: A Translation on the Woenbulgyo Kyojon wirh introduction / Chung, Bongkil
(Kuroda Classics in East Asian Buddhism )
413 p. Hawaii UP, 2003/2019.
ISBN:9780824879334 pap \5,248
“Professor Chung has drawn on all the tools in his scholarly arsenal to convey the flavor and meaning of the original Korean texts. Written vernacular Korean was still very much a work in progress during the early twentieth century and the meaning of the Korean texts is not always clear-cut, even to the specialist. Professor Chung has taken an important first step in making this material intelligible to a Western audience.” -Robert E. Buswell, from the Foreword
□ 146 [Scottish Theology]
The History of Scottish Theology, Vol. 1: Celtic Origins to Reformed Orthodoxy / Fergusson, D. & Elliott, M. W. (eds)
416 p. Oxford, 2019.
Volume I covers the period from the appearance of Christianity around the time of Columba to the era of Reformed Orthodoxy in the seventeenth century.
□ 147 -Ditto, Vol. 2: From the Early Enlightenment to the Late Victorian Era. 464 p. Oxford UP, 2019:09.
Volume 2 begins with the early Enlightenment and concludes in late Victorian Scotland.
□ 148 -Ditto, Vol. 3: The Long Twentieth Century. 368 p. Oxford, 2019:10.
Chapters also consider the Scots Catholic colleges in Europe, Gaelic women writers, philosophical scepticism, the dialogue with science, and the reception of theology in liturgy, hymnody, art, literature, architecture, and stained glass. Contributors also discuss the treatment of theological themes in Scottish literature.