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Build your summer reading list with new Louisville Seminary faculty publications

by Louisville Seminary | Jun 13, 2007
For summer reading, consider the following books published during the 2006-07 academic year by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary faculty. Covering topics in theology, biblical studies, pastoral counseling, human rights, and congregational leadership, these new works have been written or edited by scholars, practitioners, and ministers who are considered today's leading experts in these fields.

Each publication is available through the Louisville Seminary bookstore (502-894-2289, or toll free 800-264-1839) or by ordering through your favorite online resource.

Feminist and Womanist Essays in Reformed Dogmatics (Westminster John Knox Press, 2006), edited by Amy Plantinga Pauw, Henry A. Mobley Professor of Doctrinal Theology at Louisville Seminary and Serene Jones, Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School.

In this unique volume, noted feminist and womanist scholars committed to the Reformed tradition have joined together to reflect on the meaning of its key theological concepts, including Scripture and tradition, the imago Dei, creation, providence, election, and grace. Though highlighting the value found in the Reformed tradition, their essays press on toward new formulations and understandings of the traditional Christian doctrines. In addition to Amy Plantinga Pauw and Serene Jones, the book’s outstanding contributors are Katie Geneva Cannon, Kristine A. Culp, Dawn DeVries, Margit Ernst-Habib, Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Martha Gilliss, Lynn Japinga, Joan M. Martin, Kalbryn McLean, Cynthia L. Rigby, and Leanne Van Dyk.

Suicide: Pastoral Responses (Abingdon Press, 2006) by Loren L. Townsend, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

In his book, Townsend gives pastors strategies to effectively respond to persons at possible risk for suicide and families of suicide victims. No one can ever be prepared enough to deal with suicide; but one can identify special risks and be aware of short and long-term effects on survivors and family members. In Suicide: Pastoral Responses, Townsend defines patterns and issues that surround suicide. This book will help ministers identify particular markers and give steps for pastoral intervention and suicide prevention.

Suicide: Pastoral Responses is part of the Pastoral Responses series, which is designed to help pastors and other pastoral caregivers deal with crises or significant difficulties. Called upon to offer advice, guidance, and comfort to parishioners, their families, and the congregation on a myriad of medical, mental health, social, legal, and theological issues, these books offer concrete, practical suggestions for the situations that pastors face in the parish today.

As Those Who Are Taught: The Interpretation of Isaiah from the LXX to the SBL (Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series 27), edited by Patricia K. Tull, A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament, and Claire Mathews Mcginnis, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Loyola College in Maryland.

This far-ranging volume is an indispensable resource for scholars and students working in the field of biblical studies, hermeneutics, and the history of interpretation, this volume will appeal to anyone with an interest in the book of Isaiah and its interpretation. The book offers a survey of the history of Isaiah’s interpretation over the course of two millennia, from the Septuagint and early versions, continuing through the centuries in Jewish and Christian exegesis, and concluding with the late twentieth century. Each chapter includes an introductory survey of Isaiah’s interpretation within a particular historical context and pursues a particular facet of Isaiah’s interpretation by one of Isaiah’s many readers in that time period.

Esther and Ruth (Westminster John Knox Press) for the Interpretation Bible Series by Patricia K. Tull, A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament.

Tull leads the reader through a ten-session study of the book of Esther, with its stories of faithfulness, courage, and survival, and the ethical questions posed by its ending, and the book of Ruth, with its themes of community, loyalty, and relationship. “Tull’s book teaches us that there are ‘Esther moments’ in our own lives when we must seize opportunities to engage in small acts of courage, even when the outcome is not readily visible,” said faculty colleague Amy Plantinga Pauw.

Christianity and Human Rights: Influences and Issues (Suny Press 2007), edited by Frances S. Adeney, William A. Benfield Jr. Professor of Evangelism and Global Mission at Louisville Seminary, and Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University.

Contributors to this book explore both positive and negative views of human rights arising from Christian traditions. Among the issues discussed are the sources of ideas on human rights, Christian influences on international human rights covenants and conventions, Christian theology and human rights, the right to change religions, Roman Catholic perspectives, and Christian peace activism and human rights.

Hope in Conflict: Discovering Wisdom in Congregational Turmoil (The Pilgrim Press, 2007), written by David R. Sawyer, Professor of Ministry and director of Lifelong Learning and Advanced Degrees at Louisville Seminary.

Sawyer, who has served congregations in many ways, including as pastor and as associate executive of a Presbyterian regional governing body, offers a book to help congregational leaders find hope in conflicted situations by challenging individuals to find an inner wisdom in within the conflict and focus on what is hopeful.

“If your experience is anything like mine, you have felt helpless and hopeless in the face of the mystery of a congregation that has emotionally blown up. But hold on to that sense of mystery. If you are willing to live with mystery, study its hidden meanings, and perhaps even trust that God might be in that confusing uncertainty, you can find your way back onto the path to hope,” says Sawyer in the introduction to the book.

Great Themes of the Bible, Volume 1 (Westminster John Knox Press 2007), written by W. Eugene March, A.B. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Louisville Seminary.

March’s book is described as “scholarly yet accessible, brief yet thorough, and deals with age-old themes in a contemporary manner.” Written for those who are new to the Bible as well as those who have been nurtured in the church for years, this book provides a “common foundation toward more faithful discipleship for all.”

To learn more about Louisville Seminary faculty members, visit http://www.lpts.edu/about/faculty

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