New Books Network

Neela Bhattacharya Saxena, “Absent Mother God of the West: A Kali Lover’s Journey into Christianity and Judaism” (Rowman, 2015)
In Absent Mother God of the West: A Kali Lover’s Journey into Christianity and Judaism (Rowman, 2015) Neela Bhattacharya Saxena draws on her personal religious experiences and devotion to the Goddess Kali as a starting point to reflect on the absence of a Divine Feminine in Christianity and Judaism. We... Read More
Kenneth Austin, “The Jews and the Reformation” (Yale UP, 2020)
Kenneth Austin, who teaches history at the University of Bristol, UK, is well-known for his work on Jews and Judaism in early modern Europe. His new book, The Jews and the Reformation (Yale University Press, 2020), offers the most thorough description and analysis of its subject to date. Austin describes... Read More
Matthew Thiessen, “Jesus and the Forces of Death” (Baker Academic, 2020)
Although most people acknowledge that Jesus was a first-century Jew, interpreters of the Gospels often present him as opposed to Jewish law and customs—especially when considering his numerous encounters with the ritually impure. In Jesus and the Forces of Death: The Gospels’ Portrayal of Ritual Impurity within First-Century Judaism (Baker... Read More
Ken M. Penner, “The Lexham English Septuagint” (Lexham Press, 2020)
On this episode of New Books in Christian Studies, we welcome Ken M. Penner, Professor of Religious Studies at St Francis Xavier University. After a career that has combined biblical studies and digital humanities, Ken has edited the second edition of The Lexham English Septuagint (Lexham Press, 2020), a fresh and... Read More
Dana M. Malone, “From Single to Serious: Relationships, Gender, and Sexuality on American Evangelical Campuses” (Rutgers UP, 2018)
College students hook up and have sex. That is what many students expect to happen during their time at university—it is part of growing up and navigating the relationship scene on most American campuses today. But what do you do when you’re a student at an evangelical university? Students at... Read More
Ananya Chakravarti, “The Empire of Apostles” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Ananya Chakravarti’s The Empire of Apostles: Religion, Accommodatio and The Imagination of Empire in Modern Brazil and India (Oxford University Press), recovers the religious roots of Europe’s first global order, by tracing the evolution of a religious vision of empire through the lives of Jesuits working in the missions of... Read More
Kristin Kobez Du Mez, “Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation” (Liveright, 2020)
One of the most perplexing elements of Donald Trumps’s 2016 electoral victory was the overwhelming support he received from white Evangelicals, a demographic that has stubbornly clung to him in the face of everything he has done. The fact that a thrice-married reality-TV star has been able to hold onto... Read More
Eryn M. White, “The Welsh Methodist Society: The Early Societies in South-West Wales 1737-1750” (U Wales Press, 2020)
Eryn White, who is Reader in Welsh history at Aberystwyth University, Wales, has written an outstanding new book on the beginnings of Welsh evangelicalism. The Welsh Methodist Society: The Early Societies in South-West Wales 1737-1750 (University of Wales Press, 2020) focuses on the movement that became known as the Calvinistic... Read More
Richard G. Moore, “The Writings of Oliver Olney: April 1842 to February 1843-Nauvoo, Illinois” (Greg Kofford Books, 2020)
Oliver H. Olney, an early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fled to Nauvoo, Illinois, following persecution in Missouri. In Nauvoo, Olney became disgruntled with church leadership and viewed Joseph Smith as a fallen prophet. His writings, consisting of journal entries, letters, and booklets, express his... Read More
Crawford Gribben, “An Introduction to John Owen: A Christian Vision for Every Stage of Life” (Crossway, 2020)
Though theology is often regarded as dealing primarily with abstract issues of belief, the prolific 17th-century English Puritan John Owen focused much of his attention on the role of Christian faith in one’s everyday life. In his book An Introduction to John Owen: A Christian Vision for Every Stage of... Read More