New Books Network

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
John W. Tweeddale, “John Owen and Hebrews: The Foundation of Biblical Interpretation” (T and T Clark, 2019)
John Owen is one of the most significant seventeenth-century Protestant theologians. He is often discussed by historians of politics and religion in terms of his contributions to the national church settlement of the British Republic (1649-60) or to the post-reformation scholastic theological tradition. But, as this new book argues, Owen... Read More
David Woodbridge, “Missionary Primitivism and Chinese Modernity: The Brethren in Twentieth-Century China” (Brill, 2019)
Drawing on new archival resources, and opening up an entirely new research agenda in the field, David Woodbridge has written an outstanding new book. Missionary Primitivism and Chinese Modernity: The Brethren in Twentieth-Century China (Brill, 2019) focuses on a small but very significant evangelical community, the so-called Plymouth Brethren, and... Read More
Matthew W. King, “Ocean of Milk, Ocean of Blood: A Mongolian Monk in the Ruins of the Qing Empire” (Columbia UP, 2019)
After the fall of the Qing empire, amid nationalist and socialist upheaval, Buddhist monks in the Mongolian frontiers of the Soviet Union and Republican China faced a chaotic and increasingly uncertain world. In this book, Matthew W. King tells the story of Zawa Damdin, one Mongolian monk’s efforts to defend... Read More
Peter B. Josephson and R. Ward Holder, “Reinhold Niebuhr in Theory and Practice: Christian Realism and Democracy in America in the Twenty-First Century” (Lexington Books, 2018)
Peter Josephson and Ward Holder collaborated on their second book on theologian and political theorist Reinhold Niebuhr in producing this new book, specifically focusing on the questions of “why Niebuhr?” and “why Niebuhr now?” Josephson and Holder note that their “focus is Niebuhr himself and what the encounter between his... Read More
G. R. Lanier and W. Ross, eds., “Septuaginta: A Reader’s Edition” (Hendrickson Publishers, 2018)
The Greek translations of the Hebrew Bible, compiled over several centuries in circumstances that are largely unknown, are collectively identified as the Septuagint. In recent years, the study of what is sometimes known as “Old Testament Greek” has developed some very important new lexical and other interpretive tools. But many... Read More
Heather R. White, “Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights” (UNC Press, 2015)
With a focus on mainline Protestants and gay rights activists in the twentieth century, Heather R. White challenges the usual picture of perennial adversaries with a new narrative about America’s religious and sexual past. In her new book Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights (University of North... Read More