The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

By Geza Vermes

Not anything within the sleek examine of historic Judaism and the delivery of Christianity can fit the 50-year saga of those files, chanced on through a lowly goatherd within the spring of 1947. Now, after years of educational debate and maneuvering as demanding as any espionage novel, the lifeless Sea Scrolls and fragments are eventually to be had of their entirety, within the tested usual English model.

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The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation

By James C. Russell

Whereas historians of Christianity have mostly said some extent of Germanic effect within the improvement of early medieval Christianity, Russell is going additional, arguing for a primary Germanic reinterpretation of Christianity. this primary full-scale therapy of the topic follows a very interdisciplinary strategy, making use of to the early medieval interval a sociohistorical approach just like that which has already confirmed fruitful in explicating the background of Early Christianity and past due Antiquity. The stumble upon of the Germanic peoples with Christianity is studied from in the higher context of the stumble upon of a predominantly "world-accepting" Indo-European folk-religiosity with predominantly "world-rejecting" non secular events. whereas the 1st a part of the e-book develops a normal version of spiritual transformation for such encounters, the second one half applies this version to the Germano-Christian state of affairs. Russell indicates how a Christian missionary coverage of transitority lodging inadvertently contributed to a reciprocal Germanization of Christianity.

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The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person (Jewish Encounters Series)

By Harold S. Kushner

Part of the Jewish stumble upon series

From considered one of our such a lot relied on religious advisers, a considerate, illuminating consultant to that the majority interesting of biblical texts, the ebook of task, and what it may well train us approximately residing in a bothered world.
 
The tale of activity is certainly one of unjust issues taking place to a great guy. but after wasting every thing, Job—though harassed, offended, and wondering God—refuses to reject his religion, even though he demanding situations a few significant points of it. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner examines the questions raised by means of Job’s event, questions that experience challenged knowledge seekers and worshippers for hundreds of years. what sort of God allows such undesirable issues to ensue to stable humans? Why does God attempt unswerving fans? Can a very solid God be omnipotent?
 
Rooted within the textual content, the severe culture that surrounds it, and the author’s personal profoundly ethical considering, Kushner’s examine supplies us the booklet of task as a touchstone for our time. Taking classes from old and private tragedy, Kushner teaches us approximately what can and can't be managed, concerning the energy of religion whilst all turns out darkish, and approximately our skill to discover God.
 
Rigorous and insightful but deeply affecting, The ebook of Job is balm for a distressed age—and Rabbi Kushner’s most vital publication when you consider that When undesirable issues occur to solid People.

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The Reformation: A History (Modern Library Chronicles)

By Patrick Collinson

“No revolution in spite of the fact that drastic has ever concerned a complete repudiation of what got here earlier than it.”

The spiritual reformations of the 16th century have been the crucible of recent Western civilization, profoundly reshaping the id of Europe’s rising realms. In The Reformation, one of many preeminent historians of the interval, Patrick Collinson, deals a concise but thorough review of the drastic ecumenical revolution of the past due medieval and Renaissance eras. In taking a look at the sum influence of such disparate components because the humanist philosophy of Desiderius Erasmus and the effect on civilization of movable-type printing and “vulgate” scriptures, or in defining the variations among the evangelical (Lutheran) and reformed (Calvinist) church buildings, Collinson makes transparent how the battles for mens’ lives have been frequently hatched within the battles for mens’ souls.

Collinson additionally examines the interaction of non secular and temporal issues within the unfold of non secular reform to all corners of Europe, and at how the Catholic Counter-Reformation used either coercion and institutional reform to preserve its ecclesiastical regulate of Christendom. strong and remarkably good written, The Reformation is in all probability the best on hand advent to this highly very important bankruptcy in spiritual and political history.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Secret Chapel (God's Lions, Book 1)

By John Brooks Lyman

Summoned to Rome via an outdated pal, a Jesuit student unearths himself utilizing a code came across within the Bible to unearth an old, hidden chapel within the catacombs below town. while a rogue strength of Vatican defense officers are alerted to his discovery, the priest flees to the Holy Land with a clue ... a clue that may lead him and a crew of Israeli Christians to a far greater mystery in the course of the barren Negev barren region.

Meticulously researched and drawing on medical truth, John Lyman's exciting tale takes us into the area of students, archaeologists, code-breakers, and intelligence experts who've came across a prophetic code hidden in the previous testomony that authenticates the Bible as a ebook of supernatural orgin and issues to a divine plan. This gripping novel is actually a thought-provoking and action-packed mystery with implications for our destiny.

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Heaven

By Randy Alcorn

What is going to heaven be like? Randy Alcorn provides a completely biblical resolution, according to years of cautious examine, provided in an enticing, reader-friendly type. His conclusions will shock readers and stretch their pondering this crucial topic. Heaven will encourage readers to lengthy for heaven whereas they're dwelling in the world.

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Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses

By Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins gives you a fearless exam of the darkand violent verses of the Bible—and a decision for us to learn them anew in pursuitof a richer, extra sincere religion. From “one of America’s top students ofreligion” (The Economist), this bold exploration of the Scripture’smost tough passages forces us to confront and settle for the violence that wasas indispensable to the formula of Christianity’s message because it used to be for manyother of the world’s religions, and indicates us how a whole realizing of theScripture will let us ultimately circulate in the direction of a extra peaceable, spiritualworld. Readers of Bart Ehrman’s God’s Problem,John Selby Spong’s The Sins of Scripture, andJenkins’s personal The Jesus Wars, in addition to each Christian desirous to squarethe recurrent violence of the Scripture with Christianity’s enduring message ofpeace, will locate those tough questions explored in complete in Laying Downthe Sword.

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