When Christians Were Jews; The First Generation by Paula Fredricksen. Yale University Press. A band of charismatic, apocalyptic Jewish missioners worked to realize God’s promise to Israel and ended up inaugurating a movement that then separated itself from Judaism.
Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream; The Crusades, Apocalyptic Prophecy, and the End of History by Jane Rubenstein. Oxford University Press. In 1099 crusading Western Europeans occupied Jerusalem. It seemed like a miracle. Did it herald the Second coming?
Learning to Speak God from Scratch; Why Sacred Worlds Are Vanishing- and How We Can Revive Them by Jonathan Merritt. Convergent Publishing. Paper. He rethinks the meaning of key Christian terms in light of low secular society sees the terms.
Why Study the Past? The Quest for the Historical Church by Rowan Williams. Eerdmans. Paper. What lessons can be be learned from a study of the many centuries of church history?
Not Your White Jesus; Following a Radical, Refugee Messiah by Sheri Rosendahl. Westminster John Knox. Paper. Jesus isn’t white, nor is he an American wishing intending to make America great again. What we are looking at is a Middle Eastern Jew preaching the notion of love.
Gods and Robots; The Ancient Quest for Artificial Life by Adrienne Major. Princeton University Press. The Greeks were the first culture to think about creating artificial life.
The Book of Revelation; A Biography by Timothy Beal. Princeton University Press. The cornerstone of the biblical canon? Or the work of a disturbed individual?
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Virgin Mary; Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah by Brant Pitte. The tradition of the Virgin Mary, the mother of god is repeated in the other monotheistic religions.
God in the Qur’an by Jack Miles. Knopf. Author of the Pulitzer Prize for God; A Biography.