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What is the Incarnation?
4.00
This is a very dated but delightfully entertaining, though unabashedly partisan and apologetic, account of the doctrine of the incarnation: from its s...more
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Nov 23, 2012
 
Symphonia: A Critical Edition of the "Symphonia Armonie Celestium Revelationum" (Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations)
4.47
Another lovely book of poetry by a saint who is not as well known as she should be. Barbara Newman, the translator, presents Hildegard's Latin text on...more
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Mar 22, 2012
 
Romans (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary)
4.00
Wow! This is an excellent commentary. Talbert draws *heavily* on intertestamental and extra-canonical materials, including relatively recent discoveri...more
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Aug 18, 2012
 
Prayers to She Who Is
3.00
Took this out of the Interfaith Library today and leafed through it. It's based on the work and words of Sr. Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, whose book She Who...more
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Oct 20, 2013
 
Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period: Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Qumran Sectarian Writings, Philo, Josephus
4.50
This is an excellent overview, functioning like an encyclopedia. Because of its breadth, it is necessarily shallow, but the brief section that it devo...more
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Oct 29, 2012
 
Gospel and the Sacred
4.00
Four and a half stars.


This is mostly a very good book. The introduction to mimetic theory (and its application as a method of biblical interpretation)...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
 
Testament Of Abraham (Commentaries On Early Jewish Literature)
5.00
This is a superb piece of scholarship on a non-canonical Jewish-origin text that really deserves to be better known. The story of Abraham's encounter...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
Edith Stein: Scholar, Feminist, Saint
4.31
Picked this up at the interfaith library booksale today - it caught my eye because I recently learned about St Edith's work on empathy while researchi...more
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May 04, 2014
 
Sacred Shock: Framing Visual Experience in Byzantium
5.00
You would not believe there was so much to say about the framing of icons, but there is, and it's all fascinating. Glenn Peers does a fabulous job of...more
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Oct 11, 2011
 
The Scribes: A Novel about the Early Church
3.22
A pleasant journey through the second century Roman empire, as seen through the eyes of its Christian inhabitants, by a reliable guide whose life's wo...more
Oct 19, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
 
Dangerous Memories: A Mosaic of Mary in Scripture
4.14
My theologian-cousin gave me a copy of this book when I was first starting to think about studying theology. It was my introduction to Elizabeth Johns...more
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Oct 10, 2011
 
Of Water And the Spirit: A Liturgical Study of Baptism
4.39
I've really only skimmed this book as I was looking for some specific information for a presentation, but wow, this is fabulous.

I was familiar with F...more
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Feb 12, 2012
 
Four Views on the Apostle Paul (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)
3.43
This is the first book of the recently popular "N Views on Topic X" form that I've read, and I think it's a great format. Each author writes a chapter...more
Sep 15, 2012
May 06, 2012
 
Violence Renounced
3.33
This is a collection of papers from a 1994 conference on biblical studies and peacemaking; thus it is both more specifically theological, and more pra...more
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Apr 04, 2012
 
Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective
3.49
Initial impressions:

This book is in desperate need of a table of contents that goes down one more level of detail, similar to his An Introduction to E...more
Apr 24, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
 
Holy Power, Holy Presence: Rediscovering Medieval Metaphors for the Holy Spirit
3.20
Conventional wisdom has it that pneumatology withered away in the West until its recent revival over the past few decades. Dreyer's most interesting f...more
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Mar 19, 2012
 
Gathering Those Driven Away: A Theology of Incarnation
4.22
"For me, the genesis of theology is pain. When my heart is broken, I expect theology to walk with me… Theology is an academic discipline, a handmaid o...more
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Oct 12, 2013
 
The Holy Spirit: Classic and Contemporary Readings
3.67
From the ToC, this looks *excellent*. It includes essays by Sarah Coakley, Rowan Williams, and the Vatican clarification on the filioque. The chronolo...more
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Jul 13, 2013
 
Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies
3.67
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Oct 08, 2013
 
The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy
3.89
Fascinating discussion of how liturgical practices evolved and how to interpret liturgical texts according to different guidelines than other ancient...more
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Sep 20, 2012
 
Icons and Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church
4.42
Very nice "field guide" style book, with hundreds of images annotated with varying degrees of explanation.

The one thing I was looking for & couldn...more
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Feb 12, 2012
 
Justification and the Future of the Ecumenical Movement: The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
5.00
This is an excellent collection for ecumenical discussions of justification specifically and soteriology more generally, and is also a useful resource...more
Jul 15, 2012
May 06, 2012
 
The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology
5.00
This looks like an excellent collection - see the ToC in Eerdman's blog post
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Jul 09, 2012
 
Miryam of Nazareth: Woman of Strength & Wisdom
4.20
This was the first book I ever read that presented Mary as a whole person, not just a bundle of idealized stereotypes. What a paradigm shift.

It was de...more
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Feb 13, 2013
 
Conversation, Risk, and Conversion: The Inner and Public Life of Small Christian Communities
0.00
Picked this up today at the church booksale - it looks like it will be a good conversation partner for following up on some of my thesis work; especia...more
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May 04, 2014
 
God and the Crisis of Freedom: Biblical and Contemporary Perspectives
4.71
Listed as part of my ongoing quest to understand what the RC bishops mean when they say "Freedom doesn't mean you can do whatever you want."
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Jun 20, 2012
 
Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard Voice
4.80
This is an excellent, accessible, frequently entertaining book that pulls together and re-presents much of what Alison has been working through over t...more
Apr 20, 2014
Jul 13, 2013
 
Reconstructing Early Christian Worship
4.75
Had to put this aside as the syllabus marches on, but what a fascinating examination of the documents we have concerning early Christian worship and a...more
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Sep 22, 2012
 
The End of the Church: A Pneumatology of Christian Division in the West
4.33
Or maybe not.. David S. Cunningham has a persuasive review/response/critique in the Anglican Theological Review (83:89-100).
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Nov 29, 2013
 
Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns
4.22
Returned this to the library today. In addition to the hymns, which I could see were beautifully crafted even in translation, this book introduced me...more
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Jan 27, 2012
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