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Holmes, Michael W. (Editor)

The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition

544 pp., 5 3/4” x 8 1/4”, $29.95 cloth

November 2010

Society of Biblical Literature

The editor utilized a wide range of printed editions, all the major critical apparatuses, and the latest technical resources and manuscript discoveries to establish this critically edited text that differs from the Nestle-Aland/United Bible Societies text in 540 variation units. The print edition includes a full apparatus of variant readings from the four primary editions on which the SBLGNT is based and NA27. In addition, anyone anywhere in the world may download the electronic edition free at www.sblgnt.com to use without having to input the Greek text letter by letter.

ISBN 9781589835351 (c.)




Numbers, Ronald L. (Editor)

Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

320 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, index, $27.95 cloth, $17.95 paper, CIP included

October 2010

Harvard University Press

The relationship between science and religion has long been characterized as one of conflict. Not surprisingly many religious people have taken offense at such negative and largely unwarranted characterizations. This collection of essays debunks myths about the war between science and religion, from Galileo and the Inquisition to Columbus proving the earth was a sphere, to the Church’s supposed ban on human dissection.

LC 2008041250, ISBN 9780674033276 (c.), ISBN 9780674057418 (p.)



Culbertson, Philip and Elaine M. Wainwright (Editors)

The Bible in/and Popular Culture: A Creative Encounter

220 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $26.95 paper, CIP included

October 2010

Society of Biblical Literature

In popular culture, the Bible is generally associated with films. Less attention has been given to the relationship between the Bible and other popular media such as hip-hop, reggae, rock, and country and western music; popular and graphic novels; animated television series; and apocalyptic fantasy. This collection of essays explores a range of media and the way the Bible features in them, applying various hermeneutical approaches, engaging with critical theory, and providing conceptual resources and examples of how the Bible reads popular culture—and how popular culture reads the Bible.

LC 2010016749, ISBN 9781589834934 (p.)




Hull, Robert F.

The Story of the New Testament Text: Movers, Materials, Motives, Methods, and Models

244 pp., 6” x 9”, indexes, bibliography, $29.95 paper, CIP included

October 2010

Society of Biblical Literature

This volume tells the story of the New Testament text from the earliest copies to the latest scholarly editions in Greek. Using a cross-sectional approach, the author introduces those who have developed the discipline of New Testament textual criticism (the movers); the ancient sources for recovering the text (the materials); the aims that drove them (the motives); the criteria and techniques (methods); and the books and other examples of best practices (the models) of New Testament textual criticism.

LC 2010034852, ISBN 9781589835207 (p.)




Lossky, Olga

Toward the Endless Day: The Life of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel

384 pp., 6” x 9”, photos, index, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2010

University of Notre Dame Press

“This beautifully written and translated book provides intimate biographical details of a theologian best known in the U.S. for her persistent and gracious insistence that Orthodoxy seriously contemplate ordaining women to the priesthood. Mining voluminous papers, correspondence, and weekly conversations with Behr-Sigel in the year before her death, Lossky brings to light a life which spanned the tumultuous twentieth century. Lossky vividly depicts the relationships and situations which forged this audacious, reckless, optimistic, and joy-filled woman of God.”—Anglican Theological Review

LC 2010001597, ISBN 9780268033859 (c.)




Rubio, Julie Hanlon

Family Ethics: Practices for Christians

272 pp., 6” x 9”, $29.95 paper, CIP included

March 2010

Georgetown University Press

Sex, money, eating, spirituality, and service. According to Rubio, all are areas for practical application of an ethics of the family. In each area, intentional practices can function as acts of resistance to a cultural and middle-class conformity that promotes materialism over relationships. These practices forge deep connections within the family and help families live out their calling to be in solidarity with others and participate in social change from below. It is through these everyday moral choices that most Christians can live out their faith-and contribute to progress in the world.

LC 2009024526, ISBN 9781589016392 (p.)




Hobgood-Oster, Laura

The Friends We Keep: Unleashing Christianity’s Compassion for Animals

230 pp., 6” x 9”, 10 b&w images, $19.95 paper, CIP included

October 2010

Baylor University Press

Seeking to awaken Christians to the place and, too often, plight of animals in the twenty-first century, The Friends We Keep gently but astutely introduces the situations animals face today—as companions, as animals in sport, as animals raised for food, and as creatures in the wild—and simultaneously retells a myriad of often surprising and instructive stories from the long, rich history of Christianity....With a guide for group discussion and ideas for how people of faith can respond, this thoroughly engaging and enlightening book is essential for all who desire to live compassionately.

LC 2010019356, ISBN 9781602582644 (p.)



Dunne, John S.

The Circle Dance of Time

176 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, index, $25.00 paper, CIP included

May 2010

University of Notre Dame Press

“Almost every sentence calls on readers to meditate, to ponder images until insights come, to become aware through these insights of ‘God with us’ in our own hearts, and finally to experience our lives and world as taking part in the great circle of God’s love....’I take one step at a time,’ John Dunne writes, ‘a paragraph a day, out of the heart, going from insight to insight.’ He takes images, mostly from quotations, ponders them, juxtaposes them and returns to them again and again from different points of view, always seeking insight into them. Dunne invites us to make the effort...to share the vision and join the dance.”—America

LC 2010007651, ISBN 9780268026059 (p.)



Bailey, James P.

Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition

192 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $30.00 paper, CIP included

October 2010

University of Notre Dame Press

“Bailey combines his deep understanding of the Catholic social justice tradition, his firm grasp of contemporary moral philosophy, and his perceptive analysis of U.S. poverty debates and policies to forge something new and exciting for each. Bailey’s most significant contribution is his compelling case for the Church to establish, or reestablish, asset and property ownership at the heart of its mission to reduce poverty, enhance human dignity, and achieve a more just society.”—Ray Boshara, Vice President and Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation.

LC 2010024326, ISBN 9780268022235 (p.)




Harmless, William (Editor)

Augustine in His Own Words

496 pp., 6” x 9”, 1 b&w illustration, index, $34.95 paper, CIP included

August 2010

The Catholic University of America Press

The most complete introduction to St. Augustine available, this book explores the life and works of this extraordinarily prolific writer and influential church father. “One of the best things to happen in Augustine scholarship in decades. No better guide than Harmless could be found to lead the reader through the profound depths and awe-inspiring heights of Augustine’s works and thought. It will become the indispensable companion for any course on Augustine and the first resource for anyone who wants to find out what Augustine has to say, in his own words.”—Carol Harrison, Durham University

LC 2010011081, ISBN 9780813217437 (p.)




De Wolfe, Elizabeth A. (Editor)

Domestic Broils: Shakers, Antebellum Marriage and the Narratives of Mary and Joseph Dyer

128 pp., 6” x 9”, 4 illustrations, $80.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

July 2010

University of Massachusetts Press

Reconstructs the bitter and widely publicized marital dispute between two early nineteenth-century Shakers.

LC 2010012377, ISBN 9781558498075 (c.), ISBN 9781558498082 (p.)




Ende, Werner and Udo Steinbach (Editors)

Islam in the World Today: A Handbook of Politics, Religion, Culture, and Society

1128 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 16 halftones, 1 map, $85.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2010

Cornell University Press

Considered the most authoritative single-volume reference work on Islam in the contemporary world, the German-language Der Islam in der Gegenwart, currently in its fifth edition, offers a wealth of authoritative information on the religious, political, social, and cultural life of Islamic nations and of Islamic immigrant communities elsewhere. Islam in the World Today covers a comprehensive array of topics in concise essays by some of the world’s leading experts on Islam.

LC 2009039910, ISBN 9780801445712 (c.)




Taylor, John H. (Editor)

Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

312 pp., 11” x 11”, 240 color illustrations, index, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2010

Harvard University Press

The Book of the Dead is a compilation of spells that the ancient Egyptians believed would assist them in the afterlife as they made their perilous journey towards the realm of the gods and the ultimate state of eternity....The spells are often accompanied by color vignettes, which graphically show the imagined landscape of the Netherworld....With contributions from leading scholars and detailed catalogue entries that interpret the spells and painted scenes, this fascinating and important book affords a greater understanding of ancient Egyptian belief systems and poignantly reveals the hopes and fears of mortal man about the ‘world’ beyond death.

LC 2010026586, ISBN 9780674057500 (c.)



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