New Books Network

Alastair J. Roberts, “Echoes of Exodus: Tracing Themes of Redemption through Scripture” (Crossway, 2018)
The exodus—the story of God leading his chosen people out of slavery in Egypt—stands as a pivotal event in the Old Testament. But if you listen closely, you will hear echoes of this story of redemption all throughout God’s Word. Using music as a of metaphor, the authors of Echoes... Read More
Candi K. Cann, “Dying to Eat: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death and the Afterlife” (UP of Kentucky, 2018)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Candi K. Cann, editor of the new collection, Dying to Eat: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death and the Afterlife (University Press of Kentucky). Dying to Eat is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that examine the role of food in rituals surrounding... Read More
Edward J. Robinson, “Hard-Fighting Soldiers: A History of African American Churches of Christ” (U Tennessee Press, 2019)
In his new book Hard-Fighting Soldiers: A History of African American Churches of Christ (University of Tennessee Press, 2019), Edward J. Robinson provides a comprehensive look at the church’s improbable development against a backdrop of African American oppression. The journey begins with a lesser known preacher, F. F. Carson, in... Read More
Kevin W. Fogg, “Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
As Indonesia nears the 75th anniversary of its proclamation of independence this year, the socio-political debates surrounding her birth as a nation-state take on contemporary salience. In Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution (Cambridge UP, 2019), Kevin W. Fogg analyzes the religious aspirations that motivated many Muslim revolutionaries to fight the return of... Read More
Adheesh Sathaye, “Crossing the Lines of Caste” (Oxford UP, 2015)
What does it mean to be a Brahmin, and what could it mean to become one? The ancient Indian mythological figure Viśvāmitra accomplishes just this, transforming himself from a king into a Brahmin by cultivation of ascetic power. The book, Crossing the Lines of Caste, examines legends of the irascible... Read More
Johanna Pink, “Muslim Qurʾānic Interpretation Today: Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities” (Equinox, 2018)
Qurʾanic interpretation in contemporary societies is shaped in a multitude of ways. There are educational institutions that inform how one understands the text, linguistic hurdles for readers and commentators, publicly accessible forms of media, editors and translators that shape what audiences have access to, and global interpretive positions among various... Read More
Raj Balkaran, “The Goddess and the Sun in Indian Myth” (Routledge, 2020)
Why are the myths of the Indian Great Goddess, Durgā, found in the  Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa  framed by myths glorifying the Sun, Sūrya? And why do these glorifications mirror each other in both content and form? In exploring these questions, this book argues for an ideological ecosystem at work in the  Mārkaṇḍeya... Read More
Mara Benjamin, “The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought” (Indiana UP, 2018)
In this talk, Rachel Adelman engages Mara Benjamin in a conversation about her most recent book, The Obligated Self—Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought (Indiana University Press, 2018). Benjamin contends that the physical and psychological work of caring for children presents theologically fruitful but largely unexplored terrain for feminists. Attending to... Read More
Pehr Granqvist, “Attachment in Religion and Spirituality: A Wider View” (Guilford Press, 2020)
Attachment theory is a popular lens through which psychologists have examined human development and interpersonal dynamics. In Attachment in Religion and Spirituality: A Wider View (Guilford Press, 2020), Pehr Granqvist uses that lens to examine the psychology of religion and spirituality. He focuses on the connections between early caregiving experiences,... Read More