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The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls

by James VanderKam & Peter Flint

The Dead Sea Scrolls, found in caves near the Dead Sea fifteen miles east of Jerusalem from 1947 to 1956, include the oldest existing biblical manuscripts and the remarkable texts of the purist Jewish community...


75 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Holidays: Scatter Joy, Lend a Hand, Pray for Peace, Understand

by Kathy Davis

Praise a child

Practice grace

Count your blessings

Slow your pace --75 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

75 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Holidays is a refreshingly original illustrated poem that reminds us to...


The Holly Wreath Man

by Christopher Scanlan & Katharine Fair

The Holly Wreath Man is a modern Christmas classic. Originally published as a serial in newspapers, this fantastic Christmas story is now collected in the book.

Handmade Christmas wreaths used to be a cottage...


Opening the Gifts of Christmas: Practicing the Angelic Gifts of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Love

by Jennifer Basye Sander & Jamie Miller

A lovely folktale holds that when Christianity first came to northern Europe, four spirits representing the virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Love were sent from heaven to place lights on the original Christmas...


AN Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's OddestTown

by David Farley

Read David Farley's posts on the Penguin Blog.A tour through the centuries and through a bizarre Italian town in search of an unbelievable relic: the foreskin of Jesus Christ

In December 1983, a priest in...


When the World Becomes Female: Guises of a South Indian Goddess

by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

During the goddess Gangamma's festival in the town of Tirupati, lower-caste men take guises of the goddess, and the streets are filled with men wearing saris, braids, and female jewelry. By contrast, women participate...


St Cuthbert's Corpse: A Life After Death

by David Willem

The miracle of St Cuthbert's incorrupt corpse has been the subject of much fascination since his death over thirteen-hundred years ago, inspiring pilgrims, monks, and even the construction of Durham Cathedral...


Life in a Medieval Monastery: The Monks of Durham Cathedral

by Anne Boyd

A fascinating glimpse into the world of Medieval Monasticism.

Durham Cathedral is one of the most complete sets of monastic buildings in Europe, housing clues to the life of a prominent and thriving medieval...


Building St Cuthbert's Shrine: Durham Cathedral and the Life of Prior Turgot

by Lionel Green & Peter Hopkins

Durham Cathedral was built as the Shrine of St Cuthbert. Without Cuthbert, this great Norman edifice would not exist, and neither would the castle or, indeed, the city of Durham.

Construction was begun by Bishop...


We Are Who We Think We Were: Christian History and Christian Ethics

by Aaron D. Conley

Conley calls into question the outdated historical methodologies in use in Christian social ethics and outlines the consequences stemming from them. By adopting the postmodern post-structuralist position of...


Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment and Communion

by Martyn Percy

Martyn Percy highlights how rich and reflexive the Anglican tradition can be in living and proclaiming the gospel of Christ. This book offers some sharply-focused snapshots of contemporary Anglicanism, and cover...


The Early Reformation in Germany: Between Secular Impact and Radical Vision

by Tom Scott

Over the last twenty years research on the Reformation in Germany has shifted both chronologically and thematically toward an interest in the 'long' or 'delayed' Reformations. Whilst this focus has resulted...


Jesuit Civil Wars: Theology, Politics and Government under Tirso González (1687-1705)

by Jean-Pascal Gay

Founded in 1540, the Society of Jesus quickly established itself as one of the most influential but divisive orders within early-modern Catholicism. Covering the generalate of Tirso González (1687-1705) this...


The Career of Cardinal Giovanni Morone (1509-1580): Between Council and Inquisition

by Adam Patrick Robinson

Providing a re-assessment of Giovanni Morone (1509-1580) this book addresses the key moments in the cardinal's career. Focusing particularly on the period after his release from charges of heresy and his subsequent...


Truthfulness, Realism, Historicity: A Study in Late Antique Spiritual Literature

by Peter Turner

The subject of this book is a wide range of spiritual narrative texts from the third to the sixth centuries A.D.: pagan philosophical biographies, Greek and Latin Christian saints' lives, and autobiographical...


Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, 1187-1291

by Denys Pringle

This book presents new translations of a selection of Latin and French pilgrimage texts, and two in Greek, relating to Jerusalem and the Holy Land between the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin in 1187 and the loss...


Dynasty and Piety: Archduke Albert (1598-1621) and Habsburg Political Culture in an Age of Religious Wars

by Luc Duerloo

Through an investigation of Archduke Albert's (1559-1621) reign as ruler of the Spanish Netherlands, this book offers a new and fuller understanding of international events of the time, and the Habsburg role...


Pope Alexander III (1159-81): The Art of Survival

by Peter D. Clarke & Anne J. Duggan

Alexander III's papacy marked a significant watershed in the history of the Western Church and society. This book provides a long overdue reassessment of his papacy and his achievements, bringing together thirteen...


From Priest's Whore to Pastor's Wife: Clerical Marriage and the Process of Reform in the Early German Reformation

by Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer

On 13 June 1525, Martin Luther married Katharina von Bora, a former nun, in a private ceremony officiated by city preacher Johann Bugenhagen. Whilst Luther was not the first former monk or Reformer to marry,...


Purgatory and Piety in Brittany 1480-1720

by Elizabeth C. Tingle

Drawing upon printed pamphlets, tracts, advice manuals, diocesan statutes and other literary material, the study traces the evolution of writing and teaching about Purgatory and the fate of the soul between...