New Books Network

Anthony Kaldellis, “Romanland: Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium” (Harvard UP, 2019)
Though commonly used today to identify a polity that lasted for over a millennium, the label “Byzantine empire” is an anachronism imposed by more recent generations. As Anthony Kaldellis explains in Romanland: Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium (Harvard University Press, 2019), this has contributed to the denial of the ethnic... Read More
John West, “Dryden and Enthusiasm: Literature, Religion and Politics in Restoration England” (Oxford UP, 2018)
John Dryden is often regarded as one of the most conservative writers in later seventeenth-century England, a time-serving “trimmer” who abandoned his early commitments to the English Republic to become the poet laureate and historiographer royal of Charles II’s new regime. But, as this important new book demonstrates, Dryden never... Read More
Richard Averbeck, “Paradigm Change in Pentateuchal Research” (Harrassowitz Verlag, 2019)
For some two hundred years now, Pentateuchal scholarship has been dominated by the Documentary Hypothesis, a paradigm made popular by Julius Wellhausen. Recent decades, however, have seen mounting critiques of the old paradigm, from a variety of specializations, not only in Biblical Studies, but also in the fields of Assyriology,... Read More
Cindy Yik-Yi Chu, “The Chinese Sisters of the Precious Blood and the Evolution of the Catholic Church” (Palgrave, 2016)
The history of Christianity in China has been dominated by accounts of men and of male institutions. In this important new work, Cindy Yik-Yi Chu, who is a professor of history at Hong Kong Baptist University, opens up an important new archive in Hong Kong to illuminate the complex and... Read More
Barbara K. Gold, “Perpetua: Athlete of God” (Oxford UP, 2018)
One of the first and most famous of Christian martyrs was Perpetua, who died in Carthage in the early 3rd century CE.  In her book Perpetua: Athlete of God (Oxford University Press, 2018), Barbara K. Gold analyzes the account of her sacrifice and draws upon the dual contexts of the... Read More
Dirk Jongkind, “An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge” (Crossway, 2019)
Is the New Testament text reliable? What do we do with textual variants? How do I use the Greek New Testament? This short book, An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge (Crossway, 2019), provides crucial information about the Tyndale House edition of the Greek New... Read More
Quincy D. Newell, “Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon” (Oxford UP, 2019)
“Dear Brother,” Jane Manning James wrote to Joseph F. Smith in 1903, “I take this opportunity of writing to ask you if I can get my endowments and also finish the work I have begun for my dead …. Your sister in the Gospel, Jane E. James.” A faithful Latter-day... Read More