Jesus Reclaimed: Jewish Perspectives on the Nazarene

After centuries of persecution, oppression, pressured migrations, and exclusion within the identify of Christ, the improvement of a Jewish "Quest for the old Jesus" might sound unexpected.  This ebook supplies an summary and research of many of the Jewish views at the Nazarene in the course of the centuries, emphasizing the diversity of German voices in Anglo-American contexts. It explores the explanations for a gentle raise in Jewish curiosity in Jesus because the finish of the eighteenth century, arguing that this progress had a strategic objective: the justification of Judaism as a dwelling religion along Christianity.

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography (Music in American Life)

By Michael Hicks

A first-of-its-kind historical past, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir tells the epic tale of the way an all-volunteer workforce based through persecuted non secular outcasts grew right into a multimedia powerhouse synonymous with the mainstream and with Mormonism itself.
Drawing on many years of labor staring at and getting to know the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Michael Hicks examines the personalities, judgements, and controversies that formed "America's choir." this is the wonderful tale in the back of the Tabernacle's world-famous acoustics, the anti-Mormonism that greeted early excursions, the clashes with Church leaders over repertoire and presentation, the radio-driven increase in reputation, the competing visions of rival conductors, and the Choir's aspiration to be authorized inside of classical tune while Mormons sought recognition inside American tradition at huge. every little thing from Billboard hits to television appearances to White apartment performances prepared the ground for Mormonism's crossover triumph. but, as Hicks exhibits, such luck raised primary issues in regards to the Choir's project, features, and image.

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The Mighty and the Almighty: An Essay in Political Theology

By Nicholas Wolterstorff

For a century or extra political theology has been in decline. fresh years, besides the fact that, have obvious expanding curiosity not just in how church and kingdom may be comparable, yet within the relation among divine authority and political authority, and in what faith has to claim concerning the limits of nation authority and the grounds of political obedience. during this ebook, Nicholas Wolterstorff addresses this entire complicated of matters. he's taking account of conventional solutions to those questions, yet on each element stakes out new positions. Wolterstorff deals a clean theological protection of liberal democracy, argues that the normal doctrine of 'two principles' will be rejected and gives a clean exegesis of Romans thirteen; the canonical biblical passage for the culture of Christian political theology. This booklet offers helpful dialogue for students and scholars of political theology, legislation and faith, philosophy of faith and social ethics.

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Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters

By Wesley Hill

Paul’s methods of talking approximately God, Jesus, and the Spirit are intricately intertwined: speaking approximately anyone of the 3, for Paul, implies connection with them all jointly. notwithstanding, a lot present Pauline scholarship discusses Paul’s God-, Christ-, and Spirit-language regardless of trinitarian theology.

In distinction to that pattern, Wesley Hill argues during this ebook that later, post-Pauline trinitarian theologies symbolize a greater procedure, commencing a clean perspective on Paul’s previous discuss God the daddy, Jesus Christ, and the Spirit. Hill seems to be severely at sure recognized discussions within the box of recent testomony experiences -- these via N. T. Wright, Richard Bauckham, Larry Hurtado, and others -- in mild of patristic and modern trinitarian theologies, leading to an cutting edge method of an previous set of questions.

Adeptly integrating biblical exegesis and historical-systematic theology, Hill’s Paul and the Trinity indicates how trinitarian theologies illumine interpretive problems in a manner that newer theological ideas have didn't do.

Watch a 2015 interview with the writer of this ebook here:

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Devoted to Nature: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism

Devoted to Nature explores the non secular underpinnings of yank environmentalism, tracing the theological personality of yank environmental idea from its Romantic foundations to modern nature spirituality. throughout the Gilded Age and the innovative period, spiritual assets have been imperative to the formation of the yankee environmental mind's eye, shaping principles concerning the wildlife, developing practices of engagement with environments and landscapes, and producing new modes of social and political interplay. development at the paintings of seminal environmental historians who recognize the environmental movement’s non secular roots, Evan Berry deals a effective theoretical corrective to the narrative that defined the presence of non secular components within the circulate good into the 20th century. specifically, Berry argues that an explicitly Christian knowing of salvation underlies the movement’s orientation towards the flora and fauna. Theologically derived innovations of salvation, redemption, and non secular growth haven't basically supplied the fundamental context for americans’ ardour for nature yet have additionally demonstrated the horizons of risk in the nationwide environmental imagination.

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Three Philosophies of Life: Ecclesiastes--Life as Vanity, Job--Life as Suffering, Song of Songs--Life as Love

By Peter Kreeft

I have been a thinker for all my grownup existence and the 3 such a lot profound books of philosophy that i've got ever learn are Ecclesiastes, activity, and track of Songs." those are the outlet traces of Kreeft's 3 Philosophies of existence. He displays that there are finally merely 3 philosophies of lifestyles and every one is represented through this type of books of the Bible-life is vainness; lifestyles is soreness; existence is love.

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Ennead V (Loeb Classical Library, Volume 444)

By A. H. Armstrong, Plotinus

Plotinus (204/5-270 CE) was once the 1st and maximum of Neoplatonic philosophers. His writings have been edited by means of his disciple Porphyry, who released them decades after his master's demise in six units of 9 treatises every one (the Enneads).

Plotinus appeared Plato as his grasp, and his personal philosophy is a profoundly unique improvement of the Platonism of the 1st centuries of the Christian period and the heavily comparable considered the Neopythagoreans, with a few affects from Aristotle and his fans and the Stoics, whose writings he knew good yet used significantly. he's a special mix of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. His proposal ruled later Greek philosophy and encouraged either Christians and Moslems, and continues to be alive at the present time due to its union of rationality and extreme non secular adventure.

In his acclaimed variation of Plotinus, Armstrong presents first-class introductions to every treatise. His necessary notes clarify vague passages and provides connection with parallels in Plotinus and others.

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