Every autumn, as the leaves begin to fall and Lake Michigan turns stormy, things here at Eerdmans click into high gear for a season as we scramble to publish a number of new books before the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, held together each year in late November.
It’s an exciting time for us, you can be sure.
This year, once again, we’ve pulled out all the stops and are bringing with us to AAR/SBL scores of recently published titles sure to be of interest to the crowds of scholars, students, and others descending upon Baltimore this weekend.
Read on to learn about just a few of these great new books, or click through to our AAR/SBL 2013 catalog to browse the complete list of titles available this weekend for 40% off at Eerdmans booth #1506/1507.
Three New SBL Interest Books
Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures, Volume 1
Edited by Richard Bauckham, James R. Davila, and Alexander Panayatov
This work stands among the most important publications in biblical studies over the past twenty-five years. Richard Bauckham, James Davila, and Alexander Panayotov’s new two-volume collection of Old Testament pseudepigrapha contains many previously unpublished and newly translated texts, complementing James Charlesworth’s Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and other earlier collections.
Including virtually all known surviving pseudepigrapha written before the rise of Islam, this volume, among other things, presents the sacred legends and spiritual reflections of numerous long-dead authors whose works were lost, neglected, or suppressed for many centuries. Excellent English translations along with authoritative yet accessible introductions bring those ancient documents to life for readers today.
Read a blog post by James R. Davila here on Eerdword.
John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel
Richard Horsley and Tom Thatcher
In this book Richard Horsley and Tom Thatcher trace the Gospel of John’s portrayal of Jesus as a prophet of renewal by reading the text against a double backdrop — the social history of Roman Palestine and the media world of John.
This innovative study is the first to consider the Gospel of John as story in the ancient media context of oral communication and oral performance. Horsley and Thatcher creatively combine concerns from the fields of Jesus studies and ancient media studies in their analysis. Taking the main conflict evident in John’s story of Jesus as the key to its plot, they discern how this Gospel — usually read as “spiritual” — portrays Jesus engaged in a concrete program of renewal and resistance.
Read a blog post by Tom Thatcher here on Eerdword.
All Things to All Cultures: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans
Edited by Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs
All Things to All Cultures sets Paul in his first-century context and illuminates his interactions with Jews, Greeks, and Romans as he spread the gospel in the Mediterranean world. In addition to exploring Paul’s context and analyzing his letters, the book has chapters on the chronology of Paul’s life, the text of the Pauline letters, the scholarly contributions to our understanding of Paul over the last 150 years, and the theology of the Pauline corpus.
There is no comparable introduction to Paul that integrates the Jewish, Greek, and Roman influences on him and the letters that make up a substantial portion of the New Testament.
Contributors: Mike Bird, Cavan Concannon, David Eastman, Chris Forbes, Mark Harding, Tim Harris, Jim Harrison, Paul McKechnie, Brent Nongbri, Ian Smith, Murray Smith, Larry Welborn
Read a blog post about the book by Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs on Eerdword.
Three New AAR Interest Books
In this book Stanley Hauerwas explores the significance of eschatological reflection for helping the church negotiate the contemporary world.
In Part One, “Theological Matters,” Hauerwas directly addresses his understanding of the eschatological character of the Christian faith. In Part Two, “Church and Politics,” he deals with the political reality of the church in light of the end, addressing such issues as the divided character of the church, the imperative of Christian unity, and the necessary practice of sacrifice. End, for Hauerwas, has a double meaning — both chronological end and end in the sense of “aim” or “goal.”
In Part Three, “Life and Death,” Hauerwas moves from theology and the church as a whole to focusing on how individual Christians should live in light of eschatology. What does an eschatological approach to life tell us about how to understand suffering, how to form habits of virtue, and how to die?
Read an excerpt from the book here on EerdWord.
A Political Theology of Climate Change
Michael S. Northcott
Much current commentary on climate change, both secular and theological, focuses on the duties of individual citizens to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels. In A Political Theology of Climate Change, however, Michael Northcott discusses nations as key agents in the climate crisis.
Against the anti-national trend of contemporary political theology, Northcott renarrates the origins of the nations in the divine ordering of history. In dialogue with Giambattista Vico, Carl Schmitt, Alasdair MacIntyre, and other writers, he argues that nations have legal and moral responsibilities to rule over limited terrains and to guard a just and fair distribution of the fruits of the earth within the ecological limits of those terrains.
As part of his study, Northcott brilliantly reveals how the prevalent nature-culture divide in Western culture, including its notion of nature as “private property,” has contributed to the global ecological crisis. While addressing real difficulties and global controversies surrounding climate change, Northcott presents substantial and persuasive fare in his Political Theology of Climate Change.
Prophetic Rage: A Postcolonial Theology of Liberation
Johnny Bernard Hill
In this volume — the latest in the Prophetic Christianity series — Johnny Bernard Hill argues that prophetic rage, or righteous anger, is a necessary response to our present culture of imperialism and nihilism. The most powerful way to resist meaninglessness, he says, is refusing to accept the realities of structural injustice, such as poverty, escalating militarism, genocide, and housing discrimination.
Hill’s Prophetic Rage is interdisciplinary, integrating art, music, and literature with theology. It is constructive, passionate, and provocative. Hill weaves through a myriad of creative and prophetic voices of protest — from Jesus to W. E. B. DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and President Barack Obama — as well as multiple approaches, including liberation theology and black religion, to reflect theologically on the nature of liberation, justice, and hope on contemporary culture.
Dr. Hill will be discussing his new book at a session on Monday afternoon. Click to learn more.