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Emerging Scholars

Emerging Scholars is a curated, selective dissertation series dedicated to highlighting innovative and creative projects from new scholars in the fields of biblical studies, theology, and Christian history.

If you, or one of your students, are working on a dissertation of special merit, we'd like to know about it! We're actively considering projects in progress or completed within the last two academic years.

Praise for books in the series

Masterful, energetic exploration. . .

Vernon Robbins | Emory University

Exhibiting lucid analysis and deep insight. . .

Paul Nimmo | University of Edinburgh

Crisp writing, clear thought, insightful reflection. . .

Miroslav Volf | Yale Divinity School


Seng-Kong Tan (Author)
Release date: January 1, 2014
Seng-Kong Tan argues that human participation in the divine--a classical theological axiom most notably associated with the Eastern Orthodox tradition--is a central theme in the theology of Jonathan Edwards.
Release date: January 1, 2014

Rhodora Beaton examines the work of Rahner and Chauvet to articulate the relationship between word and sacrament within the context of language, culture, and an already graced world as the place of divine self-expression, and analyzes the implications for Trinitarian theology, sacramentality, liturgy, and action.

Release date: November 1, 2013
The author takes up the coordination of grace and history in Schleiermacher, arguing for its significance in understanding the dynamics of Schleiermacher's dogmatics and its grounding and realization in Christology.
Release date: November 1, 2013

This text seeks to look beyond the dominant cultural constructions of childhood in the modern West and the moral rhetoric that accompanies them so as to uncover what biblical texts intend to communicate when they utilize children as literary tropes in their own social, cultural, and historical context.

Release date: October 1, 2013
In his letter to the Romans, Paul opposes justification by works of law, but simultaneously affirms--as did most of the early Christian movement, McFadden argues--a final judgment according to works.