New Books Network

Jonathan G. Kline, “Keep Up Your Biblical Greek in 2 Minutes a Day” (Hendrickson, 2017)
The last few years have seen a proliferation of helps for those of us who struggle to consolidate and develop our knowledge of ancient languages. But here is one of the most helpful of these new resources. Jonathan G. Kline, who is academic editor at Hendrickson, and the author of... Read More
Julia Cassaniti, “Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia” (Cornell UP, 2018)
How do you understand mindfulness? Is your understanding limited by your own culture’s definition of what mindfulness is? These are some of the questions you will ask yourself while reading Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia (Cornell University Press, 2018). In today’s podcast, Prof. Julia Cassaniti takes us on... Read More
Ithamar Theodor, “Exploring the Bhagavad Gītā: Philosophy, Structure and Meaning” (Routledge, 2016)
The Bhagavad Gītā remains to this day a mainstay of Hinduism and Hindu Studies alike, despite the profusion of books written on it over the centuries. While the Gītā’s profundity is evident, its meaning most certainly is not. Is there a unity within the Bhagavad Gītā? Ithamar Theodor’s Exploring the... Read More
Nazia Kazi, “Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)
Nazia Kazi’s Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) is a brilliant and powerful meditation on the intersection and interaction of Islamophobia, racism, and U.S. imperial state power. This book seeks to reorient our understanding of Islamophobia from a phenomenon centered on individual attitudes and perceptions of hate,... Read More
Lynn Kaye, “Time In The Babylonian Talmud: Natural and Imagined Times in Jewish Law and Narrative” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
The great writer Jorge Luis Borges said, “Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am... Read More
Jackson Wu, “Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes: Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission” (IVP Academic, 2019)
What does it mean to “read Romans with Eastern eyes”? Combining research from Asian scholars with his many years of experience living and working in East Asia, Jackson directs our attention to Paul’s letter to the Romans. He argues that some traditional East Asian cultural values are closer to those... Read More
Jessica Starling, “Guardians of the Buddha’s Home: Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jōdo Shinshū” (U Hawaii Press, 2019)
In her recent ethnography, Guardians of the Buddha’s Home: Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jōdo Shinshū (University of Hawaii Press, 2019),  Prof. Jessica Starling invites us into the daily lives of the bōmori, the spouses of priests in the Japanese Jōdo Shinshū, or True Pure Land, tradition. Focusing on domestic religion,... Read More