Sinai and Zion

A treasury of religious thought and faith--places the symbolic world of the Bible in its original context.


Creation and the Persistence of Evil

He traces a flexible conception of god to the earliest Hebrew sources, arguing, for example, that Genesis 1 does not describe the banishment of evil but the attempt to contain the menace of evil in the world, a struggle that continues today. Used book in Good Condition. This paperback edition brings to a wide audience one of the most innovative and meaningful models of God for this post-Auschwitz era.

In a thought-provoking return to the original Hebrew conception of God, which questions accepted conceptions of divine omnipotence, Jon Levenson defines God's authorship of the world as a consequence of his victory in his struggle with evil.


A Brief History of Ancient Israel

Using supplemental figures and insets, the author concentrates on providing a cogent and condensed discussion of events. He examines historical geography, archaeological data, where relevant, and, comparative cultural materials from other ancient Near Eastern civilizations. Grounded in the latest archeological developments, the monarchy, conquest and settlement, Victor Matthews's A Brief History of Ancient Israel presents a concise history of Israel covering the ancestral period, and both the exilic and postexilic periods.

Used book in Good Condition. With an accessible yet high-quality introduction, A Brief History of Ancient Israel will be of immense value to both students of the Old Testament and the scholars who teach them.


Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne

Gafney employs a solid understanding of womanist and feminist approaches to biblical interpretation and the sociohistorical culture of the ancient Near East. Westminster John Knox Press. Womanist midrash is an in-depth and creative exploration of the well- and lesser-known women of the Hebrew Scriptures. Used book in Good Condition.

This unique and imaginative work is grounded in serious scholarship and will expand conversations about feminist and womanist biblical interpretation. Using her own translations, gafney offers a midrashic interpretation of the biblical text that is rooted in the African American preaching tradition to tell the stories of a variety of female characters, many of whom are often overlooked and nameless.

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An Introduction to the New Testament The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library

Westminster John Knox Press. While a wealth of information is contained in these pages, such as illustrative tables, and the rich supplementary materials, bibliographies, a historical overview of the ancient Greco-Roman world, the work’s most impressive features are the basic summaries of each book, maps, discussions of key theological issues, and appendixes.

. Brown covers the entire scope of the New Testament with ease and clarity. From the experience of a lifetime of scholarship, preaching, and writing, teaching, Raymond E. Raymond E. Used book in Good Condition. Those opening to the new testament for the first time and those seeking deeper insights could not ask for more in a primer to the Christian Bible.

Who else could cover the entire scope of the new testament with such ease and clarity? This gifted communicator conveys the heartfelt concern of a beloved teacher for his students, as he walks the reader through the basic content and issues of the New Testament. Using this basic data, brown answers questions raised by today’s readers, relates the New Testament to our modern world, and responds to controversial issues, such as those raised by the Jesus Seminar.

Every generation needs a comprehensive, reliable Introduction to the New Testament that opens the biblical text to the novice. Brown's an introduction to the New Testament is the most trustworthy and authoritative guidebook for a generation seeking to understand the Christian Bible. Universally acknowledged as the dean of New Testament scholarship, Father Brown is a master of his discipline at the pinnacle of his career.




Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction; Second Edition

Reading the old testament was recognized as a classic almost from its date of publication in 1984. Paulist Press. Without in any way diminishing its famed clarity, and theological depth, judiciousness, Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington, two prominent scholars, have brought the book into the twenty-first century.

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The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity

Yale University Press. Paulist Press. How did a community that was largely invisible in the first two centuries of its existence go on to remake the civilizations it inhabited, culturally, politically, and intellectually? Beginning with the life of Jesus, Robert Louis Wilken narrates the dramatic spread and development of Christianity over the first thousand years of its history.

. Used book in Good Condition. Moving through the formation of early institutions, the middle east, he sheds new light on the subsequent stories of Christianity in the Latin West, practices, the Byzantine and Slavic East, and beliefs to the transformations of the Roman world after the conversion of Constantine, and Central Asia.

Through a selected narration of particularly noteworthy persons and events,  Wilken demonstrates how the coming of Christianity set in motion one of the most profound revolutions the world has known. This is not a story limited to the west; rather, armenia, Central Asia, India, Christian communities in Ethiopia, Persia, Georgia, Nubia, and China shaped the course of Christian history.

The rise and spread of islam had a lasting impact on the future of Christianity, and several chapters are devoted to the early experiences of Christians under Muslim rule. Wilken reminds us that the career of Christianity is characterized by decline and attrition as well as by growth and expansion. Ten years in the making and the result of a lifetime of study, a moving, reflective, this is Robert Louis Wilken’s summa, and commanding account from a scholar at the height of his powers.

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The Jewish Study Bible: Second Edition

Yale University Press. This second edition includes revised annotations for nearly the entire Bible, as well as forty new and updated essays on many of the issues in Jewish interpretation, Jewish worship in the biblical and post-biblical periods, and the influence of the Hebrew Bible in the ancient world.

The jewish study bible, second Edition, is an essential resource for anyone interested in the Hebrew Bible. Used book in Good Condition. Paulist Press. It has won acclaim from readers in all religious traditions. The jewish study bible, introductory materials, its interpretation, and essays by leading biblical scholars on virtually every aspect of the text, combines the entire Hebrew Bible--in the celebrated Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation--with explanatory notes, the world in which it was written, which comes in a protective slipcase, and its role in Jewish life.

First published in 2004, the jewish study Bible is a landmark, one-volume resource tailored especially for the needs of students of the Hebrew Bible. Oxford university Press USA. Westminster John Knox Press. The quality of scholarship, easy-to-navigate format, and vibrant supplementary features bring the ancient text to life.

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The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of Child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity

Analyzing texts from the ancient near east, the new testament, and rabbinic literature, the Hebrew Bible, Levenson shows how tales of the son handed over to death by his loving father in the Hebrew Bible influenced the Church's identification of Jesus as sacrificial victim. Levenson's book, which offers novel interpretations of several areas crucial to biblical studies, will be essential reading for scholars in the field.

According to levenson, the transformation of the idea of child sacrifice was central to the accounts given by the people Israel and the early Church of their respective origins, in their differing ways, and it also underlay the theologies of chosenness embraced, by the two religions. Levenson explores how this notion of child sacrifice constitutes an overlooked bond between the two religions.

Levenson argues that although the practice of child sacrifice was eradicated during the late seventh and sixth centuries B. C. E, the idea of sacrificing the first-born son or the late-born son whose preferential treatment promotes him to that exalted rank remained potent in religious literature. Furthermore, says levenson, the longstanding claim of the Church that it supersedes the Jews, both continues and transforms elements of the old narrative pattern in which a late-born son dislodges his first-born brothers.

In this highly original book, Jon D. Paulist Press. Yale University Press.


Countertraditions in the Bible: A Feminist Approach

In this eye-opening book, llana Pardes explores the tense dialogue between dominant patriarchal discourses of the Bible and counter female voices. Oxford university Press USA. Used book in Good Condition. Westminster John Knox Press. Pardes studies women's plots and subplots, dreams and pursuits, uncovering the diverse and at times conflicting figurations of femininity in biblical texts.

Paulist Press. Yale University Press. She also sketches the ways in which antipatriarchal elements intermingle with other repressed elements in the Bible: polytheistic traditions, skeptical voices, and erotic longings. Used book in Good Condition.


Backgrounds of Early Christianity

Having long served as a standard introduction to the world of the early church, Everett Ferguson's Backgrounds of Early Christianity has been expanded and updated in this third edition. Westminster John Knox Press. Used book in Good Condition. Yale University Press. Oxford university Press USA. New to this edition are revisions of ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, and fresh discussions of first-century social life, of Gnosticism, and of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish literature.

. Used book in Good Condition. Paulist Press. The book explores and unpacks the roman, religious, Greek, social, and Jewish political, and philosophical backgrounds necessary for a good historical understanding of the New Testament and the early church.