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The Dogma of Immaculate Conception: History and Significance by Edward Dennis O'Connor C.S.C. (Editor)

Author: Allison Collins

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Thirteen European and American theologians treat the entire historical development and theological significance of a major Roman Catholic doctrine in The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception published (University of Notre Dame Press, 1958). Edward 0'Connor, C.S.C., has edited the 700-page volume which includes an exhaustive bibliography, a number of documents, and over fifty illustrations. A specialist in medieval theology, Father O'Connor notes in the preface that the subject of the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception was first discussed about the year 1100. The doctrine was defined by Pope Pius IX in 1854 after about 75 years of "what was perhaps the most prolonged and passionate debate that has ever been carried on in Catholic theology," O'Connor writes. The importance of any doctrine, however, he emphasizes, "does not lie chiefly in its history, but it its intrinsic significance as truth, and in its rank in the hierarchy of truth, which do not depend on historical contingencies." From this point of view, the Immaculate Conception is of immense importance, O'Connor observes, not only for Mariology, but also for the theology of the Redemption and of the Church. The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception is not merely a collection of miscellaneous essays on the subject. The various chapters deal with all the major aspects of the doctrine and range from "Scripture and the Immaculate Conception" to "The Immaculate Conception in Art." Read More

Born from Lament: The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa by Emmanuel Katongole

Author: Allison Collins

Born From Lament

There is no more urgent theological task than to provide an account of hope in Africa, given its endless cycles of violence, war, poverty, and displacement. So claims Emmanuel Katongole, an innovative theological voice from Africa.

In the midst of suffering, Katongole says, hope takes the form of "arguing" and "wrestling" with God. Such lament Read More

Early Mesopotamian Divination Literature: Its Organizational Framework and Generative and Paradigmatic Characteristics by Abraham Winitzer

Author: Allison Collins

In Early Mesopotamian Divination Literature: Its Organizational Framework and Generative and Paradigmatic Characteristics, Abraham Winitzer provides a detailed study of the Akkadian Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC) omen collections stemming from extispicy, the most significant Mesopotamian divination technique for most of that civilization's history. Paying close attention to these texts' organizational structure, Winitzer details the mechanics responsible for their origins and development, and highlights key characteristics of a conceptual framework that helped reconfigure Mesopotamian divination into a literature in line with significant, new forms of literary expression from the same time. This literature, Winitzer concludes, represents an early form of scientific reasoning that began to appreciate the centrality of texts and textual interpretation in this civilization's production, organization, and conception of knowledge. Read More

Work of Love: A Theological Reconstruction of the Communion of Saints by Leonard J. DeLorenzo

Author: Allison Collins

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The saints are good company. They are the heroes of the faith who blazed new and creative paths to holiness; they are the witnesses whose testimonies echo throughout the ages in the memory of the Church. Most Christians, and particularly Catholics, are likely to have their own favorite saints, those who inspire and “speak” to believers as they pray and struggle through the challenges of their own lives. Leonard DeLorenzo’s book addresses the idea of the communion of saints, rather than individual saints, with the conviction that what makes the saints holy and what forms them into a communion is one and the same. Work of Love Read More

Essays on Judaism in the Pre-Hellenistic Period by Joseph Blenkinsopp

Author: Allison Collins

Essays On Judaism

The essays deal with developments during the period from the liquidation of the Judean state to the conquests of Alexander the Great. This was a critical time in the Near East and the Mediterranean world in general. It marked the end of the great Semitic empires until the rise of Islam in the seventh century A.D.,decisive changes in religion, with appeal to a creator-deity in Deutero-Isaiah, Babylonian Marduk cult, and Zoroastrianism.For the survivors of the Babylonian conquest in a post-collapse society the issue of continuity, with different groups claiming continuity with the past and possession of the traditions, there developed a situation favourable to the emergence of sects. The most pressing question, however, was what to do faced with the overwhelming power of empire, first Babylonian, then Persian. Finally, with the extinction of the native dynasty and the entire apparatus of a nation-state, the temple became the focus and emblem of group identity. Read More

Ferdinand Christian Baur and the History of Early Christianity Edited by Martin Bauspiess, Christof Landmesser, and David Lincicum

Author: Allison Collins

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Translated by Peter C. Hodgson and Robert F. Brown

  • Makes a new generation of Baur scholarship available to English readers
  • Demonstrates Baur's relevance to contemporary issues in New Testament studies and historical theology
  • Focuses on the history of early Christianity
  • Discusses Baur's relation to Strauss, Mohler, and Hegel
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The Cross History, Art, and Controversy by Robin M. Jensen

Author: Robin Jensen

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The cross stirs intense feelings among Christians as well as non-Christians. Robin Jensen takes readers on an intellectual and spiritual journey through the two-thousand-year evolution of the cross as an idea and an artifact, illuminating the controversies—along with the forms of devotion—this central symbol of Christianity inspires. Read More

Von Balthasar and the Option for the Poor: Theodramatics in the Light of Liberation Theology by Todd Walatka

Author: Todd Walatka

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Hans Urs von Balthasar's vast corpus of theological, philosophical, literary, and pastoral writings remains one of the most impressive achievements in 20th century thought. In light of liberation theology and now the papacy of Francis, however, a theological affirmation of the option for the poor remains dangerously weak in Balthasar's corpus. Von Balthasar and the Option for the Poor Read More

To All the World: Preaching and the New Evangelization

Author: Michael Connors CSC

To All The World

Pope Francis's vision of the ministry of preaching offers a renewed emphasis on what it means to preach the Word of God in such a way that it transforms lives and communities, and inspires hope. In To All the World, Michael Connors, CSC, draws together contributions from a variety of expert voices to reflect on the importance of liturgical preaching today. To All the World combines contemporary scholarship with pastoral practicality in one volume by well-known practitioners in the ministry of preaching including Timothy Radcliffe, OP, Honora Werner, OP, Paul Turner, Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, Karla J. Bellinger, and Cardinal Donald Wuerl. It will serve as a perfect companion to the United States Bishops' document, Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily, and will be of interest to all those who share the pope's vision and call to be evangelists of the Word to all the world. Read More

Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics, and Wisdom

Author: Peter Casarella

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International scholars explore the meaning of Christian witness in the contemporary world.

Beyond every other form of proclamation, living witness is the most powerful medium of the gospel message.  The meaning of witness has always carried special weight in the example of the martyrs, and this volume is inspired by the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador.  But as the contributors demonstrate the implications of witness extend in many ways to pedagogy, the role of narrative in theology, spirituality, intercultural dialogue, and politics. Read More

The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming

Author: Celia Deane-Drummond

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A sophisticated theological anthropology that takes into account evolutionary theories and our relationships to other animals
 
In this book Celia Deane-Drummond charts a new direction for theological anthropology in light of what is now known about the evolutionary trajectories of humans and other animals. She presents a case for human beings becoming fully themselves through their encounter with God, after the pattern of Christ, but also through their relationship with each other and with other animals.…
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Jews and Samaritans: The Origins and History of their Early Relations

Author: Gary N. Knoppers

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Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2013

Description: Provides a multi-disciplinary approach to ancient past by a prominent scholar. Employs new archeological epigraphic, and textual discoveries. Argues for a revisionist understanding of the history of Jewish-Samaritan relations Read More

Individuality in Late Antiquity

Author: Alexis Torrance

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Publisher: Ashgate, 2014

Description: Late antiquity is increasingly recognised as a period of important cultural transformation. One of its crucial aspects is the emergence of a new awareness of human individuality. In this book an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars documents and analyses this development. Authors assess the influence of seminal thinkers, including the Gnostics, Plotinus, and Augustine, but also of cultural and religious practices such as astrology and monasticism, as well as, more generally, the role played by intellectual disciplines such as grammar and Christian theology. Broad in both theme and scope, the volume serves as a comprehensive introduction to late antique understandings of human individuality. Read More

Scriptual Polemics: The Qur'an and Other Religions

Author: Mun'im Sirry

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Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2014

Description: Interprets and contextualizes significant modern commentaries on the Qur'an. Focuses on five essential issues: scriptural supercessionism, exclusive salvation, charges regarding the Jewish and Christian falsification of revelation, criticisms over divine sonship and the Trinity, and cautions or prohibitions regarding the taking Jews and Christians as patrons, allies, or intimates Read More