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Basel 1516: Erasmus’ Edition of the New Testament

The authors of this very useful new book are Kaspar von Greyerz/Silvana Seidel Menchi/Martin Wallraff It contains the following: Preface The Novum Instrumentum 1516 and its Philological Background Mark Vessey: Basel 1514: Erasmus’ Critical Turn – Erika Rummel: Biblical Humanism … Continue reading

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Why You’re Here: Ethics for the Real World

What are Christians to be and to do in the world? What does faithfulness look like in these complex and confusing times? Christians are often told either to take over the world in God’s name or to withdraw into faithful … Continue reading

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Oswald Myconius: Briefwechsel 1515–1552

This two volume edition of the letters of Oswald Myconius will be a boon to students of the Swiss Reformation. Oswald Myconius (1488–1552) war Schulmeister in Basel, Zürich und Luzern, Mitarbeiter und erster Biograph Zwinglis und ab 1532 als Münsterpfarrer … Continue reading

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Christian Dogmatics: An Introduction

This one- volume systematic theology presents an accessible, orthodox overview of the Christian faith for students, teachers, pastors, and serious lay readers. Cornelis van der Kooi and Gijsbert van den Brink not only cover all the traditional themes-creation, sin, Jesus … Continue reading

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Subtle Citation, Allusion, and Translation in the Hebrew Bible

Biblicists have long been aware that some compositions in the Bible cite and allude to other compositions. At times these practices are obvious; often, however, they are not. Essays in this volume focus on subtle, not-so-obvious, unrecognized cases of citation … Continue reading

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Glaube

Glaube: Das Verständnis des Glaubens im frühen Christentum und in seiner jüdischen und hellenistisch-römischen Umwelt, Hrsg. v. Jörg Frey, Benjamin Schliesser u. Nadine Ueberschaer, unter Mitarbeit von Kathrin Hager, 2017. XXV, 957 Seiten. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 373. »Glaube« … Continue reading

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Hebräische Wortforschung: Festschrift zum 80. Geburtstag von W. Baumgartner

A Classic now re-issued as an e-book. The link above includes the table of contents.   Brill have provided a copy of this newly published e-book, so I’ll have a bit to say about it soon.

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Reading Catechisms, Teaching Religion

This new work by Lee Palmer Wandel has just been published- Reading Catechisms, Teaching Religion makes two broad arguments. First, the sixteenth century witnessed a fundamental transformation in Christians’, Catholic and Evangelical, conceptualization of the nature of knowledge of Christianity … Continue reading

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Salvation by Allegiance Alone

We are saved by faith when we trust that Jesus died for our sins. This is the gospel, or so we are taught. But what is faith? And does this accurately summarize the gospel? Because faith is frequently misunderstood and … Continue reading

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The Path of Christianity

John Anthony McGuckin, one of the world’s leading scholars of ancient Christianity, has synthesized a lifetime of work to produce the most comprehensive and accessible history of the Christian movement during its first thousand years. The Path of Christianity takes … Continue reading

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»What is Human?« Theological Encounters with Anthropology

The present volume is the result of an interdisciplinary project within the Department of Theology at Aarhus University. The project was related to the research programme: “Christianity and Theology in Culture and Society: Formation – Reformation – Transformation”, running from … Continue reading

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Radicalism and Dissent in the World of Protestant Reform

From V&R. The 500th anniversary of the onset of the Protestant Reformation is receiving global attention, both from the public and from academic researchers. However, the significance of the year 1517 has been an issue of scholarly debate for quite … Continue reading

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CHRISTIANITY IN EURAFRICA: A History of the Church in Europe and Africa

Nothing has bound Africa and Europe more together than the history of Christianity. From Paradise onwards, the Church has been the communion of believers. As the Body of Jesus Christ she started in Jerusalem. Through the proclamation of the Gospel … Continue reading

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Luther heute

In diesem Buch werden die Hauptthemen reformatorischer Theologie beleuchtet, die für die evangelische Kirche grundlegend sind, eine starke Wirkungsgeschichte entfaltet haben und bis heute das kirchliche Handeln wie das gesellschaftliche Leben prägen. Dabei sollen die zentralen theologischen Anliegen Martin Luthers … Continue reading

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The Myth of Rebellious Angels: Studies in Second Temple Judaism and New Testament Texts

This excellent book arrived about a month back and I’ve since read through it.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: The mythical story of fallen angels preserved in 1 Enoch and related literature was profoundly influential during the Second Temple period. In this … Continue reading

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A Review of the DBG’s Facsimile Edition of Luther’s 1545 ‘Biblia Germanica’

Published in 2017 for the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, this facsimile edition is an exact replica of Luther’s 1545 German Bible.  And the 1545 German Bible is Luther’s best edition, far superior to the two volume 1534 edition … Continue reading

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Gerechtigkeit verstehen

Menschliches Leben kann sich nur dort zum Guten entfalten, wo auch Gerechtigkeit herrscht. Was aber ist Gerechtigkeit? Ganz selbstverständlich fordern wir Gerechtigkeit in allen Bereichen unseres Lebens. Um Gerechtigkeit aber auch zur Geltung zu bringen, ist eine grundsätzliche Verständigung darüber … Continue reading

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Biblia Germanica

Hendrickson have published the brilliant Biblia Germanica, Luther’s 1545 edition of the German Bible. No other German book has exercised for centuries such a profound effect on the German language as the German Bible of Martin Luther. Over time other … Continue reading

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Petrus Dathenus und der Heidelberger Katechismus

Der Heidelberger Katechismus zählt zu den zentralen Lehr- und Bekenntnisschriften des reformierten Protestantismus. Bei seiner Abfassung wurde in nicht unerheblichem Maße auf Stoff aus älteren Katechismen reformierter Prägung zurückgegriffen. Neben dem großen und dem kleinen Katechismus von Zacharias Ursinus (1534–1583) … Continue reading

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A Dutch Historian Reviews “The Commentary”

Read it here.  Or enjoy the English version below: The humanities are, essentially, a pedagogical program. The study of history and foreign cultures serves to help us understand our own civilization and age a bit better, helps us recognize our … Continue reading

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