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The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood

by Irving Finkel

The recent translation of a Babylonian tablet launches a groundbreaking investigation into one of the most famous stories in the world, challenging the way we look at ancient history.

 

Since the Victorian...


Before the Flood

by Ian Wilson

In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the...


The Ashgate Research Companion to Byzantine Hagiography: Volume II: Genres and Contexts

by Stephanos Efthymiadis

For an entire millennium, Byzantine hagiography, inspired by the veneration of many saints, exhibited literary dynamism and a capacity to vary its basic forms. The subgenres into which it branched out after...


Papacy, Religious Orders, and International Politics in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

by Autori Vari & Massimo Carlo Giannini

During the early modern age religious orders had to interpret papal strategies and directives in international politics in the light of a substantial ambiguity. They were loyal subjects of the pope, but also...


Individuality in Late Antiquity

by Alexis Torrance & Johannes Zachhuber

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, the authors assess...


Historical Dictionary of Prophets in Islam and Judaism

by Scott B. Noegel & Brannon M. Wheeler

Both traditions recognize and draw theological and historical lessons from some of the same narrative sources, but this is the first comparative resource to provide interdisciplinary coverage of the history...


The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession

by John Cornwell

A bestselling journalist exposes the connection between the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis and the practice of confession.


A Case for the Divinity of Jesus: Examining the Earliest Evidence

by Dean L. Overman

Whether Jesus was really the Son of God or not is a central question for Christians—and one that has provoked heated debate since the time of Jesus' birth. Dean L. Overman examines the earliest Christian records...


American Protestants and the Debate Over the Vietnam War: Evil Was Loose in the World

by George Bogaski

As American Protestant denominations established and adapted their positions on the Vietnam War, they used their theological commitments to shape their foreign policy perspectives. Concurrently, those positions...


Denial and Repression of Antisemitism

by Jovan Byford

Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović (1881–1956) is arguably one the most controversial figures in contemporary Serbian national culture. Having been vilified by the former Yugoslav Communist authorities as a fascist...


The John Dominic Crossan Essential Set

by John Dominic Crossan

The eBook collection of four complete works by bestselling author and leading historical Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan, including Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Birth of Christianity, The Power of...


A History of Religion in 5½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses

by S. Brent Plate

A leading scholar explores the importance of physical objects and sensory experience in the practice of religion.

 

Humans are needy. We need things: objects, keepsakes, stuff, tokens, knickknacks, bits and...


The Fifth Sun: Aztec Gods, Aztec World

by Burr Cartwright Brundage & Roy E. Anderson

The ancient Aztecs dwelt at the center of a dazzling and complex cosmos. From this position they were acutely receptive to the demands of their gods. The Fifth Sun represents a dramatic overview of the Aztec...


Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia

by Giovanni Casadio & Patricia A. Johnston

In Vergil's Aeneid, the poet implies that those who have been initiated into mystery cults enjoy a blessed situation both in life and after death. This collection of essays brings new insight to the study of...


Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine

by Laura Robson

Drawing on a rich base of British archival materials, Arabic periodicals, and secondary sources, Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine brings to light the ways in which the British colonial state...


Of Summits and Sacrifice: An Ethnohistoric Study of Inka Religious Practices

by Thomas Besom

In perhaps as few as one hundred years, the Inka Empire became the largest state ever formed by a native people anywhere in the Americas, dominating the western coast of South America by the early sixteenth...


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Cheer: Stories about the Love, Inspiration, and Joy of Christmas

by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Amy Newmark

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Cheer will warm readers’ hearts and spread the wonder of the holiday season with its tales of love and joy. A fantastic holiday gift for the young and young at heart....


The Christmas Spirit: Memories of Family, Friends, and Faith

by Joel Osteen

For many, the Christmas season can be filled with distractions and anxiety rather than the joy and peace it is supposed to bring. In The Christmas Spirit, his first holiday book, Joel Osteen offers uplifting...


The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity

by James D. Tabor

Based on a careful analysis of the earliest Christian documents and recent archaeological discoveries, The Jesus Dynasty offers a bold new interpretation of the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity....


Simple Gifts: Great Hymns: One Man's Search for Grace

by Bill Henderson

If there is one simple phrase that lies at the heart of this moving tribute to the pleasures of singing hymns, it is this: "Only joy." Bill Henderson, a tough man with a gentle vision, found community and religious...