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Making Sense of God's Love: Atonement and Redemption

Lorraine Cavanagh

SPCK Publishing, June 2011. Paperback, 96 pages.

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Many people are put off Christianity by the idea of God punishing his Son for our sins. They find it hard to believe in a loving God who appears to be so angry and vindictive. This book addresses some of these difficult questions. It will form ideal reading for those wanting to return to their faith, or those who would like to explore it in greater depth. The book aims to create an open theological landscape, which will take account of the many different ways in which we are saved and restored.

Making Sense of the Bible

Helen-Ann Hartley

SPCK Publishing, June 2011. Paperback, 96 pages.

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Again and again, we hear that such-and-such an opinion is not 'biblical', implying that the Bible speaks with a unified voice on any matter. With humour and examples drawn from art and life, Helen-Ann Hartley argues that to appreciate fully the Bible's richness and diversity, we have to wrestle critically and creatively with themes that attract us and repel us.

Blake and the Bible

Christopher Rowland

Yale University Press, 31 Jan 2011. Hardcover, 320 pages.

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All those beguiled by the work of William Blake recognise the importance of the Bible for his poetic genius, whether as an object of criticism, or an inspiration. This book, the first substantial study for sixty years, attempts to locate Blake within the broad spectrum of Christian biblical interpretation, orthodox, heterodox and radical. It explores the particular ways in which Blake engaged with the Bible and the distinctive interpretations that emerged, not least through the medium of images. Rowland considers Blake's series of engravings on the 'Book of Job', and his only commentary on a biblical book, to illuminate the distinctive features of the poet's exegesis. These include the priority given to the Spirit over the Letter; the critique of a theology which places supreme value on what is found in a book rather than attending to what Blake calls 'the Word of God Universal'; the advocacy of a religion of divine immediacy rather than transcendence; and, experience of suffering as the motor of theological and ethical change. This powerful and richly-illustrated work brings forty years of study to bear on one of the great interpreters of the Bible.

Land of Our Fathers: The Roles of Ancestor Veneration in Biblical Land Claims

Francesca Stavrakopoulou

T & T Clark, 16 Dec 2010. Hardcover, 208 pages.

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The book argues that ancestor veneration plays important - and hitherto overlooked - socio-religious and ideological roles in various and competing territorial claims as presented in the Hebrew Bible. In this book, the biblical motif of a land divinely-promised and given to Abraham and his descendants is argued to be an ideological reflex of post-monarchic, territorial disputes between competing socio-religious groups. The important biblical motif of a Promised Land is founded upon the ancient Near Eastern concept of ancestral land: hereditary space upon which families lived, worked, died and were buried. An essential element of concept of ancestral land was the belief in the post-mortem existence of the ancestors, who were venerated with grave offerings, mortuary feasts, bone rituals and standing stones. The Hebrew Bible is littered with stories concerning these practices and beliefs, yet the specific correlation of ancestor veneration and certain biblical land claims has gone unrecognized. The book remedies this in presenting evidence, both biblical and non-biblical, for the vital and persistent impact of ancestor veneration upon land claims.