New Books Network

Benjamin Balint, “Jerusalem: City of the Book” (Yale UP, 2019)
“The library is a gathering pool of narratives and of the people who come to find them. It is where we can glimpse immortality; in the library, we can live forever.” ― Susan Orlean, The Library Book. Benjamin Balint and Merav Mack‘s Jerusalem: City of the Book (Yale University Press,... Read More
Nijay Gupta, “Paul and the Language of Faith” (Eerdmans, 2020)
Faith language permeates the letters of Paul. Yet, its exact meaning is not always clear. Many today, reflecting centuries of interpretation, consider belief in Jesus to be a passive act. In his new book Paul and the Language of Faith (Eerdmans, 2020), Nijay Gupta challenges common assumptions in the interpretation... Read More
Gediminas Lankauskas, “The Land of Weddings and Rain: Nation and Modernity in Post-Socialist Lithuania” (U Toronto Press, 2015)
Gediminas Lankauskas’ new book The Land of Weddings and Rain: Nation and Modernity in Post-Socialist Lithuania (University of Toronto Press, 2015) is “an ethnography concerned with the ambiguities, paradoxes, ruptures and incongruities of social life brought about by processes of global ‘modernization’ in a periphery of post-socialist Eastern Europe” (5).... Read More
Matthew D. O’Hara, “The History of the Future in Colonial Mexico” (Yale UP, 2018)
Latin America – especially colonial Latin America – is not particularly known for futurism.  For popular audiences, the region’s history likely evokes images of book burning, the Inquisition, and other symbols of orthodoxy and fatalism.  Specialists too tend to associate Latin America with a deep sense of historicism:  the weight... Read More
Tim Perry, “The Theology of Benedict XVI: A Protestant Appreciation” (Lexham Press, 2019)
Tim Perry is adjunct professor of theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. As the author of a number of studies of the relationship between Catholic Christianity and evangelicalism, his most recent project has been to edit a volume of essays... Read More
Jane D. Hatter, “Composing Community in Late Medieval Music: Self-Reference, Pedagogy, and Practice” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
There are a handful of pieces from the Medieval and Renaissance periods that most music students learn about in their introductory history courses; among them are Guillaume Du Fay’s, Ave regina celorum III and Johannes Ockeghem’s Missa Prolationum. Some of these foundational compositions have been studied by musicologists for over... Read More
David D. Hall, “The Puritans: A Transatlantic History” (Princeton UP, 2019) 
This book is a sweeping transatlantic history of Puritanism from its emergence out of the religious tumult of Elizabethan England to its founding role in the story of America. Shedding critical new light on the diverse forms of Puritan belief and practice in England, Scotland, and New England, David D. Hall provides... Read More