Christianity

Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

In Jesus the Bridegroom, Brant Pitre once more faucets into the wells of Jewish Scripture and culture, and unlocks the secrets and techniques of what's arguably the main famous image of the Christian religion: the move of Christ. during this exciting exploration, Pitre exhibits how the agony and loss of life of Jesus used to be way over a sad Roman execution. as a substitute, the fervour of Christ was once the achievement of historical Jewish prophecies of a wedding, while the God of the universe might wed himself to humankind in a permanent nuptial covenant.
 
to be certain, such a lot Christians are acquainted with the apostle Paul’s instructing that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. yet what does this fairly mean? And what could ever own Paul to check the demise of Christ to the affection of a husband for his spouse? if you happen to could were on the Crucifixion, with Jesus placing there death, is that how you may have defined it? How may a first-century Jew like Paul, who knew how brutal Roman crucifixions have been, have ever in comparison the execution of Jesus to a marriage? And why does he discuss with this because the “great secret” (Ephesians 5:32)?
 
As Pitre indicates, the most important to unlocking this secret are available via going again to Jewish Scripture and culture and seeing the total heritage of salvation, from Mount Sinai to Mount Calvary, as a divine love story among author and creature, among God and Israel, among Christ and his bride—a tale that involves its climax at the wooden of a Roman cross. 
 
within the pages of Jesus the Bridegroom, dozens of favourite passages within the Bible—the Exodus, the tune of Songs, the marriage at Cana, the girl on the good, the final Supper, the Crucifixion, or even the second one Coming on the finish of Time—are by surprise reworked sooner than our eyes. certainly, while noticeable within the mild of Jewish Scripture and culture, the lifetime of Christ is not anything lower than the best love tale ever informed.

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Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew

By Bart D. Ehrman

The early Christian Church used to be a chaos of contending ideals. a few teams of Christians claimed that there has been now not one God yet or twelve or thirty. a few believed that the area had now not been created through God yet by means of a lesser, ignorant deity. convinced sects maintained that Jesus used to be human yet no longer divine, whereas others stated he was once divine yet now not human.

In Lost Christianities, Bart D. Ehrman bargains a desirable examine those early kinds of Christianity and indicates how they got here to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten. All of those teams insisted that they upheld the lessons of Jesus and his apostles, they usually all possessed writings that bore out their claims, books seemingly produced by means of Jesus's personal fans. glossy archaeological paintings has recovered a couple of key texts, and as Ehrman indicates, those awesome discoveries show non secular range that says a lot concerning the ways that heritage will get written by means of the winners. Ehrman's dialogue levels from concerns of varied "lost scriptures"--including cast gospels supposedly written via Simon Peter, Jesus's closest disciple, and Judas Thomas, Jesus's alleged dual brother--to the disparate ideals of such teams because the Jewish-Christian Ebionites, the anti-Jewish Marcionites, and numerous "Gnostic" sects. Ehrman examines extensive the battles that raged among "proto-orthodox Christians"--those who ultimately compiled the canonical books of the hot testomony and standardized Christian belief--and the teams they denounced as heretics and eventually overcame.

Scrupulously researched and lucidly written, Lost Christianities is an eye-opening account of politics, strength, and the conflict of principles between Christians within the many years sooner than one workforce got here to determine its perspectives prevail.

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The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics

By Elaine Pagels

From the spiritual historian whose The Gnostic Gospels gained either the nationwide e-book Award and the nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of devil and his position at the Christian culture. With magisterial studying and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan's tale into an audacious exploration of Christianity's shadow aspect, within which the gospel of affection offers method to irrational hatreds that proceed to hang-out Christians and non-Christians alike.

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I Was A Born-Again Mormon

By Shawn McCraney

This booklet was once written by way of the debatable Utah television exhibit host Shawn McCraney, sooner than him beginning his ministry on television 20 in Utah.

In the e-book Shawn tells his own tale and in addition solutions questions comparable to:

—Can a Latter-clay Saint adventure religious rebirth?
—Will Christians and Latter-clay Saints ever unite?
—Why does anti-Mormon literature typically fail?
—How can an individual inform it they've been born-again?
—What is the theological foundation for LDS ideals?

The e-book should still certainly be of curiosity to humans within the LDS faith, in addition to somebody residing in Utah, or who has family/friends within the Mormon church.

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Dark History of the Popes (Dark Histories)

Within the tenth century, being head of the Catholic Church didn’t cease Pope John XII from allegedly committing incest along with his sisters, calling on pagan gods and goddesses, being an alcoholic and placing his mistress accountable for his brothel. in fact, being pope didn’t make popes well known both: in 896AD, Pope Formosus died, yet that used to be no drawback to Lambert of Spoleto, who bore whatever of a grudge, in exhuming the pontiff and placing him on trial. Formosus used to be came across accountable of being unworthy of his papal workplace, had all his acts annulled and his physique was once thrown within the Tiber. From corruption to nepotism, from campaign to witch-burning to Inquisition, from popes sanctioning homicide to popes being murdered, darkish historical past of The Popes explores greater than one thousand years of sinister deeds surrounding the papacy. starting from the ninth century advert to Pope Pius XII’s place in the course of international battle II, the publication examines political, non secular and social background in the course of the skulduggery of popes and courtiers, the position the Borgias kinfolk performed within the papacy, the persecution of Jews and the spiritual controversy over Galileo Galilei’s heretical perspectives, between different subject matters. utilizing diaries, letters, studies from overseas ambassadors to the Vatican and authentic registers of the ecclesiastical courts, an image of either sinning and sinned opposed to popes is printed. filled with greater than two hundred color and black-&-white images, work and works of art, darkish historical past of The Popes is an eye-opening account of the historical past of the papacy that pontiffs might fairly no longer point out.

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Hegel versus 'Inter-Faith Dialogue': A General Theory of True Xenophilia

The time period 'inter-faith' is a up to date innovation in English that has won major traction within the dialogue of non secular variety. This quantity argues that the idea that of faiths within the plural is deeply difficult for Christian theology and proposes a Hegelian substitute to the traditional bureaucratic concept of inter-faith discussion. Hegel pioneered the systematic learn of comparative faith. based on Hegelian precept, Andrew Shanks identifies religion as an inflection of the desire in the direction of excellent truth-as-openness. in terms of different non secular traditions, this needs to contain the perform of a greatest xenophilia, or love for the surprising, understood as a center Christian advantage. Shanks's neo-Hegelian idea recognises the potential of God's paintings in all non secular traditions, that could be obvious as divine experiments with human nature. This well timed e-book discusses a variety of interreligious encounters and should be a necessary source for reports in comparative theology and philosophy of faith.

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The Southern French Nobility and the Albigensian Crusade

By Elaine Graham-Leigh

The Albigensian campaign was once referred to as by means of Pope blameless III in 1208 opposed to the count number of Toulouse in accordance with the homicide of the papal legate Pierre des Castelnau. The Pope's goal used to be to strength the count number and different nobles in Languedoc to do so opposed to the Cathar heretics of their lands, yet after all, the defeat of Catharism within the south of France was once accomplished during the institution of the Inquisition and the extension of French royal authority to the world. whereas a few Occitan noble households survived the campaign, others have been destroyed and the behaviour of the crusaders in the direction of the neighborhood the Aristocracy has frequently been considered as fairly arbitrary, unconnected to how those households concerning one another earlier than 1209. This learn takes the case of the Trencavel Viscounts of Béziers and Carcassonne, who have been the one individuals of the better the Aristocracy to lose their lands to the campaign, and argues that an figuring out of the way the Occitan the Aristocracy fared within the campaign years has to be dependent within the context of the politics of the noble society of Languedoc, not just within the 13th century but additionally within the 12th. ELAINE GRAHAM-LEIGH received her Ph.D. from the college of London.

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Who Do My Opponents Say That I Am?: An Investigation of the Accusations Against the Historical Jesus (The Library of New Testament Studies)

By Scot McKnight

This quantity will unpack the seven allegations proposed by way of Scot McKnight in his article 'Calling Jesus Mamzer' within the inaugural quantity of The magazine for the old Jesus (Volume 1.1 2003: 73-103).

Each essay will discover the historicity of every accusation and what they let us know approximately Jesus. McKnight and Modica suggest that via reading those particular allegations, you can still start to understand a overlooked size of historic Jesus stories, specifically, that Jesus could be understood via what his competitors (critics) say of him. They contend that such an method deals, as Malina and Neyrey have formerly tested in Calling Jesus Names, a 'Christology from the side'.

There may be an introductory and concluding essay from the editors.

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Doce hombres comunes y corrientes: Cómo el Maestro formó a sus discípulos para la grandeza, y lo que Él quiere hacer contigo

By John MacArthur

Contrariamente a los angeles creencia well known, no tenemos que ser perfectos para hacer l. a. obra de Dios.

John MacArthur examina los doce hombres que Cristo eligió como sus discípulos y nos ayuda a descubrir cómo nosotros podemos transformar nuestras propias imperfecciones en herramientas útiles para impactar a otros.

Sin ir más lejos, las debilidades de los doce discípulos están preservadas para siempre a través de las páginas del Nuevo Testamento. Jesús eligió gente común, como pescadores, recolectores de impuestos, políticos fanáticos; y cambio sus debilidades en puntos fuertes, produciendo grandeza de los angeles overall inutilidad. MacArthur delinea principios del cuidadoso entrenamiento de los primeros doce discípulos, para los discípulos modernos como tú.

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Revelations of Divine Love (Short Text and Long Text)

By Julian of Norwich

One of the 1st girl authors, Julian of Norwich produced in Revelations of Divine Love a impressive paintings of revelatory perception, that stands alongside The Cloud of Unknowing and Piers Plowman as a vintage of Medieval spiritual literature

After fervently praying for a better realizing of Christ's ardour, Julian of Norwich, a fourteenth-century anchorite and mystic, skilled a chain of divine revelations. via those 'showings', Christ's sufferings have been published to her with notable depth, yet she additionally obtained insurance of God's unwavering love for guy and his countless skill for forgiveness. Written in a lively English vernacular, the Revelations are the most unique works of medieval mysticism and feature had a long-lasting impact on Christian notion. This variation of the Revelations comprises either the quick textual content, that is often an account of the 'showings' themselves and Julian's preliminary interpretation in their that means, and the lengthy textual content, accomplished a few two decades later, which strikes from imaginative and prescient to a daringly speculative theology.

Elizabeth Spearing's translation preserves Julian's directness of expression and the wealthy complexity of her inspiration. An creation, notes and appendices support to put the works in context for contemporary readers. 

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