BOOKS RECEIVED: Catherine Chalier, “Reading the Torah: Beyond the Fundamentalist and Scientific Approaches” (Duquesne UP, 2017)
Fundamentalist readings of sacred texts of major world religions are often regarded as an ever-increasing threat to personal and democratic freedoms. Historical and critical readings, alternatively, purport to be objective and teach us to understand these texts by relating them… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Aurelien Mokoko Gampiot, “Kimbanguism: An African Understanding of the Bible” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In this volume, Aurlien Mokoko Gampiot, a sociologist and son of a Kimbanguist pastor, provides a fresh and insightful perspective on African Kimbanguism and its traditions. The largest of the African-initiated churches, Kimbanguism claims seventeen million followers worldwide. Like other… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jennifer Garrison, “Challenging Communion: The Eucharist and Middle English Literature” (Ohio State UP, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books In this book, Jennifer Garrison examines literary representations of the central symbol of later medieval religious culture: the Eucharist. In contrast to scholarship that depicts mainstream believers as enthusiastically and simplistically embracing the Eucharist, Challenging… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Leif E. Vaage, “Borderline Exegesis” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Borderline Exegesis, Leif Vaage presents an alternative approach to biblical interpretation, or exegesis—an approach that bends the boundaries of the traditional North American methodology to analyze the meaning of biblical texts for a wider audience. To accomplish this, Vaage… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Samantha Baskind, “Jewish Artists and the Bible in 20th-Century America” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Jack Levine, George Segal, Audrey Flack, Larry Rivers, and R. B. Kitaj have long been considered central artists in the canon of twentieth-century American art: Levine for his biting paintings and prints of social conscience, Segal for his quiet plaster… Read More
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