September 06, 2016

New Titles Tuesday, September 6

138 titles added to the catalogue in this first week of the fall term.  All but the first two titles in this sample are Religious Studies titles. All are print, except where noted.
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Elegant, startling, and universal in its applications, The Black Swan will change the way you look at the world. Taleb is a vastly entertaining writer, with wit, irreverence, and unusual stories to tell. He has a polymathic command of subjects ranging from cognitive science to business to probability theory. The Black Swan is a landmark book

"If the sitter is the lead actor of a performance... then the nose is his understudy on the stage of the face," Taylor writes with characteristic verve, underscoring a major theme: the drama of physiognomy and how Rembrandt engaged it in innovative ways and with emotive depth. For Rembrandt, Taylor argues, the nose is a sensual, sexual, vital and often definitive element in his portraits and self-portraits. Taylor's study presents a broader chronological exploration of the painter's portrayal of the human form and the self-portraits he obsessively created throughout his life. Several of Taylor's themes are familiar, such as Rembrandt's interest in the body's physical decline. Yet his perspective is often fresh and probing

Nineteen of his essays written over the last fifteen years, including previously unpublished contributions, are brought together for the first time in this volume.

 By the Waters of Babylon will help Christians the critical issue of the relationship between Christian worship and evangelistic witness, especially in an adverse culture. The author believes a biblically regulated, gospel-shaped corporate worship that communicates God's truth through appropriate cultural forms will have the most missional impact in a post-Christian context. 

"Deviant Calvinism seeks to show that the Reformed tradition is much broader and more variegated than is often thought. Crisp's work focuses on a cluster of theological issues concerning the scope of salvation and shows that there are important ways in which current theological discussion of these topics can be usefully resourced by attention to theologians of the past.
Scott Shauf compares the portrayal of the divine in Acts with portrayals of the divine in other ancient historiographical writings, the latter including Jewish and wider Greco-Roman historiographical traditions. Shauf's particular interest is in how the divine is represented as involved in history, through themes including the nature of divine retribution, the partiality or impartiality of the divine toward different sets of people, and the portrayal of divine control over seemingly purely natural and human events.

Ethiopia the valiant [electronic resource] /by Wm. J.W. Roome.
A brief history of Ethiopia and of Christian missions in that country up to around 1936. image

Finding and seeking /Oliver O'Donovan.
O’Donovan traces the logic of moral thought from self-awareness to decision through the virtues of faith, hope, and love. Blending biblical, historico-theological, and contemporary ideas in its comprehensive survey, this second volume of his masterful "Ethics as Theology” project continues O’Donovan’s splendid study in ethics as theology and adds significantly to his previous theoretical reflection on Christian ethics.
a rich collection of resources for both traditional and contemporary worship and prayer sure to connect with the 21st century churchgoer. Not a cookbook, but the start of a conversation about how to tweak worship to keep up with a tech savvy congregation.

Walter Wilson adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the healing narratives in the Gospel of Matthew, combining the familiar methods of form, redaction, and narrative criticisms with insights culled from medical anthropology, feminist theory, disability studies, and ancient archaeology to understand the New Testament's longest and most systematic account of healing, Matthew chapters 8 and 9.

Relying on the methods of the history of religions and ranging judiciously across Hellenistic literature, M. David Litwa shows that at each stage in their depiction of Jesus' life and ministry, early Christian writings from the beginning relied on categories drawn not from Judaism alone, but on a wide, pan-Mediterranean understanding of deity.

James H. Charlesworth gathers essays from world-renowned archaeologists and biblical scholars to address the current state of knowledge regarding the temple and to consider anew vital questions about its significance for Jesus, for his followers, and for New Testament readers today.

The first historical account of theology's modern institutional origins in the United Kingdom. It explores how Oxford theology, from the beginnings of the Tractarian movement until the end of the Second World War, both influenced and responded to the reform of the university.

Man is created /Hans Urs von Balthasar ; translated by Adrian Walker.
Balthasar focuses on the purpose of man as created by God. He begins with these words: Man is 'created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by means of this to save [his] soul.'

Thurén argues, that the parables of Jesus have been read either as allegories encoding Christian theology--including the theological message of one or another Gospel writer--or as tantalizing clues to the authentic voice of Jesus. Thurén proposes instead to read the parables "unplugged" from any assumptions beyond those given in the narrative situation in the text, on the common-sense premise that the very form of the parable works to propose a (sometimes startling) resolution to a particular problem. 

Analyzing the seventy-five New Testament references to the persons of the Godhead, theologian Rodrick Durst demonstrates that the ways the early church thought and talked about the Trinity had a great deal of richness and diversity that has since been lost. From the context of these passages Durst concludes that each order of the three names corresponds to a particular purpose or movement of God that the New Testament author is invoking: mission, salvation, witness to Christ, sanctification, spiritual formation, and Church unity. 

Slaver captain /John Newton ; edited with an introduction by Vincent McInerney.
Newton’s memoir offers a remarkable, no-holds-barred account of the African slave trade, as well as an account of his struggle between Christian religion and the flesh.

By comparing trends, analyzing global Christian movements, and tracing the impact of Pentecostalism, interreligious dialogue, global missions, sexuality, birth rates, women, secularization, and migratory trends, Daughrity sketches a picture of a changing religion and gives the tools needed to understand it. From discussions of sexuality and afterlife to contemporary Christian music and secularization, this book gives a global perspective on what is happening within Christianity today.

Vintage Jesus: timeless answers to timely questions /Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears.
Nonbelievers and new Christians looking to sit down and delve into the topic of Jesus, asking the toughest, most confounding questions they can think of, will find solid, biblical answers presented in a relevant, accessible way

The perfect tool for exploring traditional worship in a classroom setting.

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