The Apocalypse: A Brief History (Blackwell Brief Histories by Martha Himmelfarb

By Martha Himmelfarb

This obtainable and enlightening heritage presents insights into the interesting style of apocalyptic literature, exhibiting how the apocalypse encompasses way over renowned perspectives of the final judgment and violent finish of the realm may perhaps recommend.

  • An obtainable and enlightening historical past of the "apocalypses"--ancient Jewish and Christian works -- delivering clean insights into the attention-grabbing style of literature
  • Shows how the apocalypses have been involved not just with well known perspectives of the final judgment and violent finish of the realm, yet with present and punishment after loss of life, the heavenly temple, and the revelation of astronomical phenomena and different secrets and techniques of nature
  • Traces the culture of apocalyptic writing in the course of the heart a long time, via to the fashionable period, while social activities nonetheless prophesise the world’s drawing close loss of life

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John Through the Centuries (Blackwell Bible Commentaries) by Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

This pioneering observation embraces the whole scope and topics raised in John's Gospel, delivering an interesting and perceptive examining. Mark Edwards explores a various variety of excerpts and inventive responses, with specific emphasis at the therapy of the Gospel in English poetry. Explores the various topics and matters raised in John’s Gospel, and considers its impression on figures from Saint Augustine, to Dorothy Sayers and Bob Dylan. Treats famous interpreters akin to Thomas Aquinas besides lesser-known figures akin to the Gnostic Heracleon, and the sixth-century hymn-writer, Romanos. Brings old and sleek commentators into discussion with one another, and takes a serious stance in the direction of a few parallels drawn via glossy students among the Gospel and the encircling pagan tradition. good points excerpts from a large choice of poets who supply an artistic interpretation of John’s Gospel, and considers many creative representations. means that creative reaction can light up a examining of the Bible the place simply severe and ancient research has proved unsatisfactory. An available advent and broad part notes handle interpretations of the Gospel from antiquity to the current. released as a part of the ground-breaking Blackwell Bible Commentaries sequence. additional information approximately this sequence is obtainable from the Blackwell Bible Commentaries site at

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The Enlightenment and Religion: The Myths of Modernity by S.J. Barnett

By S.J. Barnett

This name bargains a severe survey of spiritual swap and its explanations in eighteenth-century Europe, and constitutes a thorough problem to the authorized perspectives in conventional Enlightenment reports. targeting Enlightenment Italy, France and England, it illustrates how the canonical view of eighteenth-century non secular switch has in truth been developed upon scant proof and assumption, particularly the concept the concept of the enlightened ended in modernity. For regardless of an absence of proof, one of many basic assumptions of Enlightenment stories has been the statement that there has been a colourful Deist circulate that shaped the "intellectual solvent" of the eighteenth century. The primary declare of this ebook is that the gigantic ideological allure of the normal birth-of-modernity fable has intended that the particular loss of Deists has been glossed over, and a relatively deceptive old view has turn into entrenched.

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The Cambridge history of Christianity. Vol. 7, by Stewart J. Brown, Timothy Tackett

By Stewart J. Brown, Timothy Tackett

Throughout the tumultuous interval of worldwide background from 1660 to 1815, 3 complicated pursuits mixed to convey a basic cultural reorientation to Europe and North the USA, and finally to the broader international. The Enlightenment reworked perspectives of nature and of the human potential to grasp nature. The spiritual reawakenings introduced a revival of heart-felt, experiential Christianity. eventually revolution, the political and social upheavals of the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries, challenged demonstrated rules of divine-right monarchies and divinely ordained social hierarchies, and promoted extra democratic govt, notions of human rights and non secular toleration. a brand new non secular weather emerged, within which humans have been likely to glance to their very own emotions and reviews for the root in their religion. in this related interval, Christianity unfold greatly worldwide because of colonialism and missions, and answered in diversified how you can its encounters with different cultures and non secular traditions.

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Gods in America: Religious Pluralism in the United States by Charles L. Cohen, Ronald L. Numbers

By Charles L. Cohen, Ronald L. Numbers

Non secular pluralism has characterised the United States virtually from its seventeenth-century inception, however the prior part century or so has witnessed wholesale alterations within the spiritual panorama, together with a proliferation of latest spiritualities, the emergence of frequent adherence to ''Asian'' traditions, and an evangelical Christian resurgence. those fresh phenomena--important in themselves as indices of cultural change--are additionally either factors and contributions to 1 of the main remarked-upon and possible anomalous features of the fashionable usa: its common religiosity. in comparison to its function within the world's different prime powers, faith within the usa is deeply woven into the material of civil and cultural lifestyles. whilst, faith has, from the 1600s on, by no means intended a unmarried denominational or confessional culture, and the range of yankee spiritual adventure has merely develop into extra various during the last fifty years. Gods in the USA brings jointly best students from numerous disciplines to provide an explanation for the old roots of those phenomena and investigate their influence on glossy American society.

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Black Pilgrimage to Islam by Robert Dannin

By Robert Dannin

This ebook bargains a entire ethnographic learn of African-American Muslims. Drawing on 1000s of interviews performed over a interval of numerous years, Dannin presents an remarkable glance contained in the attention-grabbing and little understood international of black Muslims. He discovers that the well known and cult-like country of Islam represents just a small a part of the image. Many extra African-Americans are attracted to Islamic orthodoxy, with its strict adherence to the Qur'an. Dannin takes us to the 1st Cleveland Mosque, the oldest carrying on with Muslim establishment in the USA, directly to a permament Muslim village in Buffalo, after which within New York's maximum-security prisons to listen to testimony of the robust appeal of Islam for people in determined events. He appears to be like on the aftermath of the assassination of Malcolm X, and the continuing war among the kingdom of Islam and orthodox Muslims. Accessibly written, full of gripping first-hand testimony, and that includes exceptional illustrations through photographer Jolie Stahl, this ebook could be the most sensible to be had consultant to the ideals and tradition of African-American Muslims.

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A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians by Timothy Larsen

By Timothy Larsen

Even though the Victorians have been awash in texts, the Bible was once any such pervasive and dominant presence that they might fittingly be regarded as 'a humans of 1 book'. They habitually learn the Bible, quoted it, followed its phrasing as their very own, suggestion in its different types, and seen their very own lives and reports via a scriptural lens. This astonishingly deep, relentless, and resonant engagement with the Bible used to be real around the spiritual spectrum from Catholics to Unitarians and past. The scripture-saturated tradition of nineteenth-century England is displayed through Timothy Larsen in a chain of vigorous case experiences of consultant figures starting from the Quaker criminal reformer Elizabeth Fry to the liberal Anglican pioneer of nursing Florence Nightingale to the Baptist preacher C. H. Spurgeon to the Jewish writer Grace Aguilar. Even the agnostic guy of technology T. H. Huxley and the atheist leaders Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant have been completely and profoundly preoccupied with the Bible. Serving as a journey of the range and diversity of nineteenth-century perspectives, Larsen's examine provides the designated ideals and practices of the entire significant Victorian non secular and sceptical traditions from Anglo-Catholics to the Salvation military to Spiritualism, whereas concurrently drawing out their universal, shared tradition as a humans of 1 publication.

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How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient by William M. Schniedewind

By William M. Schniedewind

How the Bible turned a e-book combines contemporary archaeological discoveries within the heart East with insights culled from the historical past of writing to deal with how the Bible used to be written and advanced into sacred Scripture. Written for basic readers in addition to students, the ebook offers wealthy perception into how those texts got here to own the authority of Scripture and explores why old Israel, an oral tradition, started to jot down literature. It describes an rising literate society in old Israel that demanding situations the statement that literacy first arose in Greece throughout the 5th century BCE. Hb ISBN (2004) 0-521-82946-1

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