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  • Judges 1: A Commentary on Judges 1:1 – 10:5

    Judges 1: A Commentary on Judges 1:1 – 10:5

    Mark S. Smith (Author), Elizabeth M. Bloch-Smith (Author)

    This groundbreaking volume presents a new translation and detailed interpretation of the book of Judges, drawing on archaeology and iconography, textual versions, biblical parallels, and extrabiblical texts, as well as a thorough review of modern scholarship. Full literary and redactional analyses are included. Notably, archaeology is used to show how a story of the Iron II period employed visible ruins to narrate supposedly early events from the so-called "period of the Judges."

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    Available November 23, 2021

  • Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation. Thirtieth Anniversary Expanded Edition

    Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation. Thirtieth Anniversary Expanded Edition

    Cain Hope Felder (Editor)

    A hallmark of American Black religion is its distinctive use of the Bible in creating community, resisting oppression, and fomenting social change. Stony the Road We Trod accomplishes this--and much more. This expanded edition contains a new introduction and three new essays that underscore the historic importance of this book for a new generation.

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    Available November 30, 2021

  • The Fragility of Language and the Encounter with God: On the Contingency and Legitimacy of Doctrine

    The Fragility of Language and the Encounter with God: On the Contingency and Legitimacy of Doctrine

    Florian Klug (Author), Marcus Pound (Foreword by)

    The Fragility of Language and the Encounter with God offers a theological account of the contingency of language and perception and of how acknowledging that contingency transforms the question of the development of doctrine. Klug argues that statements of faith cannot overcome contingency. Instead, the Catholic notion of receptive tradition is an attempt to cope rationally with the fragility of perception and language in humanity's orientation toward God.

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    Available September 28, 2021

  • Paul on Identity: Theology as Politics

    Paul on Identity: Theology as Politics

    Troels Engberg-Pedersen (Author)

    One of the most important and controversial questions in biblical studies is how Paul's view of the fundamental Christ identity relates to other possible identities in the Greco-Roman world--like being a Jew or a non-Jew, a man or a woman, a master or a slave. Paul on Identity explores these issues and, in particular, how Paul's view informs his writing. Engberg-Pedersen keeps an eye on what we may or may not accept from Paul and concludes by showing Paul's direct relevance to identity politics.

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    Available September 14, 2021

  • Black Lives Matter to Jesus: The Salvation of Black Life and All Life in Luke and Acts

    Black Lives Matter to Jesus: The Salvation of Black Life and All Life in Luke and Acts

    Marcus Jerkins (Author)

    Black-skinned people were and are included in the family of God, demonstrating that all colors in the family of God have dignity. This view bolsters a Christian anti-racist agenda. This work attempts to undermine Christian racism that has deemed Black skin inherently problematic, showing that the destruction of racism is at the heart of the gospel of Jesus.

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    Available October 12, 2021

  • The Bible: An Introduction, Third Edition

    The Bible: An Introduction, Third Edition

    Jerry L. Sumney (Author)

    Without presuming either prior knowledge of the Bible or a particular attitude toward it, Jerry L. Sumney uses straightforward language to lead the reader on an exploration of the Bible, showing how critical methods help readers understand the text and history. Filled with maps, charts, illustrations, and four-color photographs to enhance the student's experience with the text. This third edition offers a number of revisions and a new section on the deuterocanonical books.

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  • Luke's Jesus: Between Incarnation and Crucifixion

    Luke's Jesus: Between Incarnation and Crucifixion

    Joseph Blenkinsopp (Author)

    In Luke's Jesus, Joseph Blenkinsopp provides a chronological reading of the Jesus of Luke's Gospel, beginning with Jesus's close relations with John the Baptist, turning upon Jesus's decision to leave Galilee and travel to Jerusalem, and extending to the narrative of Jesus's crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension. Blenkinsopp's study of Jesus focuses upon Jesus's humanity, his interaction with others, and his teaching on poverty and wealth. Blenkinsopp provides a fresh rendering of Luke's powerful and fascinating story, one that reveals a vivid portrait of Jesus.

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    Available October 12, 2021

  • The Liberation of Method: The Ethics of Emancipatory Biblical Interpretation

    The Liberation of Method: The Ethics of Emancipatory Biblical Interpretation

    David Janzen (Author)

    The field of biblical studies has championed the historical-critical method as the only way to guarantee objective interpretation. But in recent decades, scholars have pursued hermeneutical approaches that provide interpretations useful for marginalized communities who see the Bible as a resource in their struggles against oppression. Such liberative strategies remain on the margins. The Liberation of Method argues that this marginality must end, and that liberative methods should become central to biblical studies.

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    Available October 19, 2021

  • How to Read Paul: A Brief Introduction to His Theology, Writings, and World

    How to Read Paul: A Brief Introduction to His Theology, Writings, and World

    Yung Suk Kim (Author)

    How to Read Paul provides an incisive, yet brief, examination of Paul as a writer and theologian steeped in the cultural, intellectual, and religious crossroads of the ancient world. Yung Suk Kim explores and explains Paul's key theological concepts and situates them in their proper cultural context. How to Read Paul is an ideal textbook for both undergraduate and seminary classrooms and a helpful guide for professors, clergy, and lay readers.

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  • An Asian Introduction to the New Testament

    An Asian Introduction to the New Testament

    Johnson Thomaskutty (Editor)

    As the Asian context is the cradle of many of the world's religions, the New Testament writings should be interpreted and reinterpreted by accepting their pluriform religious and ideological aspects. Moreover, the existence of multiple Christian denominations demands a doctrinally and conceptually balanced interpretation of the Scriptures. This book will demonstrate inclusive biblical claims within multireligious and multidenominational contexts.

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    Available December 14, 2021

  • The Colonized Apostle: Paul Through Postcolonial Eyes

    The Colonized Apostle: Paul Through Postcolonial Eyes

    Christopher D. Stanley (Editor)

    How did Roman imperial culture shape the environment in which Paul carried out his apostolate? How do the multiple legacies of modern colonialism and contemporary empire shape, illuminate, or obscure our readings of Paul's letters? In The Colonized Apostle, Christopher D. Stanley has gathered many of the foremost voices in postcolonial and empire-critical scholarship on Paul to provide a state-of-the-art guide to these questions.

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  • A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Third Edition

    A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Third Edition

    John J. Collins (Author)

    A leading introduction to the Hebrew Bible John J. Collins's A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible is one of the most popular introductory textbooks...

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  • Preaching from the Old Testament

    Preaching from the Old Testament

    Walter Brueggemann (Author), Rolf A. Jacobson (Foreword by)

    Walter Brueggemann shows Christian preachers how to consider the faith witnessed in several Old Testament traditions and to help them discover rich and suggestive connections to our contemporary faith challenges. He claims that sustained engagement with the Old Testament is worth the effort for the preacher. This volume is part of the new Working Preacher Books series designed to provide timely and compelling books on biblical preaching. God uses good preaching to change lives.

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  • John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries

    John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries

    Karoline M. Lewis (Author)

    With attention to both liturgical interpretation and exegetical analysis, Lewis provides a unique preaching resource that will build biblical literacy by assisting both preachers and listeners in understanding John's Gospel as a whole.

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  • Called into the Mission of God: A Missional Reading of Paul's Thessalonian Correspondence

    Called into the Mission of God: A Missional Reading of Paul's Thessalonian Correspondence

    Roji T. George (Author)

    Roji George argues that Paul's primary interest was neither doctrinal teaching nor the articulation of an anti-imperial discourse. Instead, he contends that amidst the many problems that faced the Thessalonian community--eschatological fears, ethical difficulties, and persecution from outside groups--Paul brought primarily a missional concern to impart ethical exhortation and eschatological teaching. The book will appeal to scholars, teachers, and students grappling with the message of Paul in his time and in ours.

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  • Mark: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries

    Mark: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries

    David Schnasa Jacobsen (Author/Editor)

    The author draws together the strengths of two exegetical approaches to the Gospel of Mark in this volume. With liturgical sensitivity and exegetical skill, Jacobsen here provides a unique preaching resource that will build biblical literacy by assisting both preachers and listeners in understanding Mark's Gospel as narrative-theological whole, not just as a collection of loosely related stories.

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  • Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life: A New Conversation

    Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life: A New Conversation

    Bruce C. Birch (Author), Jacqueline E. Lapsley (Author), Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda (Author), Larry L. Rasmussen (Author)

    Earth is changing in ways it hasn't for hundreds of thousands of years. At the same time, Christianity is breaking away from its millennium-long geographical...

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  • Wealth and Poverty in Early Christianity

    Wealth and Poverty in Early Christianity

    George Kalantzis (Editor), Helen Rhee (Volume Editor)

    Wealth and Poverty in Early Christianity is part of Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources, a series designed to present ancient Christian texts essential to an understanding of Christian theology, ecclesiology, and practice. This volume is designed to introduce the reader to the broad range of texts that reflect early Christian thoughts and practices on the topic of wealth and poverty.

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  • Mark: A Commentary

    Mark: A Commentary

    Adela Yarbro Collins (Author), Harold W. Attridge (Editor)

    Professor Adela Yarbro Collins brings to bear on the text of the first Gospel the latest historical-critical perspectives, providing a full treatment of such...

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  • Exploring the Bible

    Exploring the Bible

    Eric D. Barreto (Author), Michael J. Chan (Author)

    In Exploring the Bible, preseminarians and other students about to begin training in ministry join scholars Eric D. Barreto and Michael J. Chan on a journey through Scripture. More than simply a practical guide to reading the Bible, this book will help readers claim their unique interpretive perspective. Barreto and Chan invite us to bring our full, authentic selves to a text that will affirm and challenge us, confirm and transform us, delight and concern us. There, God speaks, and we can hear God’s word in a new way. 

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