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1.1.1 Bijbelse Archeologie / Umwelt

Finkelstein, Israel
Das vergessene Konigreich. Israel und die verborgenen Ursprunge der Bibel.
Israel Finkelstein beschreibt in seinem bahnbrechenden Buch die Geschichte des Konigreichs Israel konsequent aus archaologischer Sicht. In diesem vom 10. bis zum 8. Jahrhundert v. Chr. bestehenden, von der Bibel als sundig verworfenen und von der Forschung vergessenen Reich findet er die wahren Ursprunge von zentralen biblischen Erzahlungen. Fur die Bibel waren die Konige von Israel treulose Sunder im Gegensatz zu den Konigen von Juda. Das hat dazu gefuhrt, dass man vom Konigreich Israel uber die biblische Sicht hinaus wenig wess.

Israel Finkelstein rekonstruiert auf der Grundlage von jahrzehntelangen Ausgrabungen erstmals dessen wahre Geschichte. Dabei zeigt sich das uberraschende Bild eines altorientalischen Reiches, das viel weiter entwickelt war als das sudlich angrenzende Konigreich Juda mit seiner Hauptstadt Jerusalem. Hier, in Israel, standen in Wirklichkeit der Palast und der Tempel, die spater den legendaren Konigen David und Salomo zugeschrieben wurden. Hier entstanden so zentrale Erzahlungen wie die vom Stammvater Jakob oder vom Auszug aus Agypten. Dass dieses Konigreich erobert, verworfen und vergessen wurde, aber sein Name und seine Mythen schliesslich um die Welt gingen, ist das eigentliche Wunder, das Israel Finkelstein hochst anschaulich erklart.

Beck, 2014, geb, 234 pp, € 26.50, 9783406669606
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1.2.0 Bijbelwetenschappen Tenach / OT algemeen

   
Kalmanofsky, Amy
Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible
Fathers, sons, and mothers take center stage in the Bible's grand narratives, Amy Kalmanofsky observes. Sisters and sisterhood receive less attention in scholarship but, she argues, play an important role in narratives, revealing anxieties related to desire, agency, and solidarity among women playing out (and playing against) their roles in a patrilineal society. Most often, she shows, sisters are destabilizing figures in narratives about family crisis, where property, patrimony, and the resilience of community boundaries are at risk. Kalmanofsky demonstrates that the particular role of sisters had important narrative effects, revealing previously underappreciated dynamics in Israelite society.
Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014, pap, 208 pp, € 24.95, 9781451469950
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Satlow, Michael L.
How the Bible Became Holy
In this sweeping narrative, Michael Satlow tells the fascinating story of how an ancient collection of obscure Israelite writings became the founding texts of both Judaism and Christianity, considered holy by followers of each faith. Drawing on cutting-edge historical and archeological research, he traces the story of how, when, and why Jews and Christians gradually granted authority to texts that had long lay dormant in a dusty temple archive. The Bible, Satlow maintains, was not the consecrated book it is now until quite late in its history.

He describes how elite scribes in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E. began the process that led to the creation of several of our biblical texts. It was not until these were translated into Greek in Egypt in the second century B.C.E., however, that some Jews began to see them as culturally authoritative, comparable to Homer's works in contemporary Greek society. Then, in the first century B.C.E. in Israel, political machinations resulted in the Sadducees assigning legal power to the writings. We see how the world Jesus was born into was largely biblically illiterate and how he knew very little about the texts upon which his apostles would base his spiritual leadership.

Synthesizing an enormous body of scholarly work, Satlow's groundbreaking study offers provocative new assertions about commonly accepted interpretations of biblical history as well as a unique window into how two of the world's great faiths came into being.

Michael L. Satlow is professor of religious studies and Judaic studies at Brown University. He lives in Providence, RI.

Yale UP, 2014, geb, 368 pp, € 35.50, 9780300171914
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1.2.1.2 Exodus

Coogan, Michael
The Ten Commandments. A Short History of an Ancient Text
In this lively and provocative book, Michael Coogan guides readers into the ancient past to examine the iconic Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue. How, among all the laws reportedly given on Mount Sinai, did the Ten Commandments become the Ten Commandments? When did that happen? There are several versions of the Decalogue in the Old Testament, so how have different groups determined which is the most authoritative? Why were different versions created?

Coogan discusses the meanings the Ten Commandments had for audiences in biblical times and observes that the form of the ten proscriptions and prohibitions was not fixed - as one would expect since they were purported to have come directly from God - nor were the Commandments always strictly observed. In later times as well, Jews and especially Christians ignored and even rejected some of the prohibitions, although the New Testament clearly acknowledges the special status of the Ten Commandments. Today it is plain that some of the values enshrined in the Decalogue are no longer defensible, such as the ownership of slaves and the labeling of women as men's property. Yet in line with biblical precedents, the author concludes that while a literal observance of the Ten Commandments is misguided, some of their underlying ideals remain valid in a modern context.

Michael Coogan is director of publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum, lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School, editor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible, and author of God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. He lives in Concord, MA.

Yale UP, 2014, pap, 192 pp, € 24.50, 9780300178715
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1.4.0 Bijbelwetenschappen NT

Strecker, Christian
Handbuch Neues Testament
Erwartet juli 2014

Das "Handbuch Neues Testament" behandelt alle klassischen Themenfelder der neutestamentlichen Wissenschaft auf dem jeweils neuesten Forschungsstand. Zu diesen Themenfeldern zahlen die sog. Einleitungsfragen der neutestamentlichen Schriften, die Theologie des Neuen Testaments, die Frage nach dem historischen Jesus, die Geschichte des fruhen Christentums, die Umwelt des Neuen Testaments und die exegetische Methodik. Die Darstellung konzentriert sich auf zentrale und ertrag- bzw. einflussreiche Forschungspositionen, berucksichtigt dabei explizit auch den Forschungsstand ausserhalb Deutschlands (vor allem die angloamerikanische Exegese) und stellt Sondermeinungen weitgehend in den Hintergrund. Ziel ist es, den Studierenden und den allgemein am Neuen Testament interessierten Lesern einen tragfahigen Uberblick uber den aktuellen Forschungsstand zu geben, der auch als Grundlage dienen kann, kritische Fragen an die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft stellen zu konnen

Kohlhammer, 2014, pap, ca 600 pp, € 34.00, 9783170186736
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1.4.1.0 NT Evangelien

Jong, Pieter L. de
Jezus en de mensen met geld, bijbelstudies over bezit en rijkdom
De heftige wereldwijde bankencrisis en de commotierond de Nederlandse banken, zoals ABN AMRO en DSB, inspireerden dominee Piet de Jong tot een aantal preken en bijbelstudies over hoe Jezus tegen geld en bezit aankijkt. In het evangelie zijn er een aantal momenten dat Jezus het hebben van geld en het najagen ervan thematiseert. Geld mag, zo is wel duidelijk bij Jezus. Ook veel geld. Maar Hij noemt geld een paar keer nadrukkelijkde Mammon en vraagt steeds wat mensen ermee doen. Wat heeft je hart? Ook de wereld van banken en snel geld verdienen is aan Jezus' blik niet ontgaan. Zijn opmerkingen raken steeds de kern van het gebod van God: 'Heb je naaste lief als je zelf!' In deze uitgave belicht de auteur een aantal van deze bijbelgedeelten uit de evangelien in de vorm van een bijbelstudie.
Boekencentrum, 2014, pap, 85 pp, € 9.90, 9789023927938
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1.4.3.00 Paulus algemeen

Dunning, Benjamin H.
Christ Without Adam: Subjectivity and Sexual Difference in the Philosophers' Paul
The apostle Paul deals extensively with gender, embodiment, and desire in his authentic letters, yet many of the contemporary philosophers interested in his work downplay these aspects of his thought. Christ Without Adam is the first book to examine the role of gender and sexuality in the turn to the apostle Paul in recent Continental philosophy. It builds a constructive proposal for embodied Christian theological anthropology in conversation with - and in contrast to - the 'Paulinisms' of Stanislas Breton, Alain Badiou, and Slavoj Zizek.

Paul's letters bequeathed a crucial anthropological aporia to the history of Christian thought, insofar as the apostle sought to situate embodied human beings typologically with reference to Adam and Christ, but failed to work out the place of sexual difference within this classification. As a result, the space between Adam and Christ has functioned historically as a conceptual and temporal interval in which Christian anthropology poses and re-poses theological dilemmas of embodied difference. This study follows the ways in which the appropriations of Paul by Breton, Badiou, and Zizek have either sidestepped or collapsed this interval, a crucial component in their articulations of a universal Pauline subject. As a result, sexual difference fails to materialize in their readings as a problem with any explicit force. Against these readings, Dunning asserts the importance of the Pauline Adam-Christ typology, not as a straightforward resource but as a witness to a certain necessary failure - the failure of the Christian tradition to resolve embodied difference without remainder. This failure, he argues, is constructive in that it reveals the instability of sexual difference, both masculine and feminine, within an anthropological paradigm that claims to be universal yet is still predicated on male bodies.

Columbia UP, 2014, pap, 176 pp, € 25.50, 9780231167659
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Frick, Peter (ed)
Paul in the Grip of the Philosophers: The Apostle and Contemporary Continental Philosophy
One of the remarkable developments in the contemporary study of Paul is the dramatic interest in his thought amongst European philosophers. This collection of insights from leading scholars makes accessible a discussion often elusive to those not already conversant in the categories of European philosophy.
Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014, geb, 266 pp, € 47.00, 9780800699123
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2.0 Geschiedenis Algemeen

Ferngren, Gary B.
Medicine and Religion. A Historical Introduction
Medicine and Religion is the first book to comprehensively examine the relationship between medicine and religion in the Western tradition from ancient times to the modern era. Beginning with the earliest attempts to heal the body and account for the meaning of illness in the ancient Near East, historian Gary B. Ferngren describes how the polytheistic religions of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome and the monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have complemented medicine in the ancient, medieval, and modern periods.

Ferngren paints a broad and detailed portrait of how humans throughout the ages have drawn on specific values of diverse religious traditions in caring for the body. Religious perspectives have informed both the treatment of disease and the provision of health care. And, while tensions have sometimes existed, relations between medicine and religion have often been cooperative and mutually beneficial.

Religious beliefs provided a framework for explaining disease and suffering that was larger than medicine alone could offer. These beliefs furnished a theological basis for a compassionate care of the sick that led to the creation of the hospital and a long tradition of charitable medicine.

Johns Hopkins UP, 2014, pap, 241 pp, € 23.75, 9781421412160
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Sterk, Andrea, Nina Caputo(eds)
Faithful Narratives. Historians, Religion, and the Challenge of Objectivity
Historians of religion face complex interpretive issues when examining religious texts, practices, and experiences. Faithful Narratives presents the work of twelve eminent scholars whose research has exemplified compelling strategies for negotiating the difficulties inherent in this increasingly important area of historical inquiry. The chapters range chronologically from Late Antiquity to modern America and thematically from the spirituality of near eastern monks to women's agency in religion, considering familiar religious communities alongside those on the margins and bringing a range of spiritual and religious practices into historical focus.

Focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the essays address matters central to the study of religion in history, in particular texts and traditions of authority, interreligious discourse, and religious practice and experience. Some examine mainstream communities and traditions, others explore individuals who crossed religious or confessional boundaries, and still others study the peripheries of what is considered orthodox religious tradition. Encompassing a wide geographical as well as chronological scope, Faithful Narratives illustrates the persistence of central themes and common analytical challenges for historians working in all periods.

Contributors: Peter Brown, Princeton University; Nina Caputo, University of Florida; Carlos Eire, Yale University; Susanna Elm, University of California, Berkeley; Anthony Grafton, Princeton University; Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College; Phyllis Mack, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Kenneth Mills, University of Toronto; David Nirenberg, University of Chicago; Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame; David B. Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania; Lamin Sanneh, Yale University; Andrea Sterk, University of Florida; John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame.

Cornell UP, 2014, pap, 278 pp, € 24.00, 9780801478574
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2.1.1.0 Geschiedenis Tweede Tempel Periode / Vroeg Christendom Jezus historisch

Charlesworth, James H. (ed)
Jesus and Temple: Textual and Archaeological Explorations
The New Testament provides abundant evidence that Jesus frequented the temple, as did his followers after his death. But the Gospels also depict Jesus in conflict with temple authorities. Jesus' attitude toward the temple is at the center of current historical Jesus research, yet those discussions are often not current with the latest archaeological and related findings. James H. Charlesworth here gathers essays from world-renowned archaeologists and biblical scholars to address the current state of knowledge and to consider anew vital questions about the temple's significance for Jesus, for his followers, and for New Testament readers today.
Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014, pap, 282 pp, € 36.75, 9781451480368
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Davis, Stephen J.
Christ Child. Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus
Little is known about the early childhood of Jesus Christ. But in the decades after his death, stories began circulating about his origins. One collection of such tales was the so-called Infancy Gospel of Thomas, known in antiquity as the Paidika or 'Childhood Deeds' of Jesus. In it, Jesus not only performs miracles while at play (such as turning clay birds into live sparrows) but also gets enmeshed in a series of interpersonal conflicts and curses to death children and teachers who rub him the wrong way. How would early readers have made sense of this young Jesus?

In this highly innovative book, Stephen Davis draws on current theories about how human communities construe the past to answer this question. He explores how ancient readers would have used texts, images, places, and other key reference points from their own social world to understand the Christ child's curious actions. He then shows how the figure of a young Jesus was later picked up and exploited in the context of medieval Jewish-Christian and Christian-Muslim encounters. Challenging many scholarly assumptions, Davis adds a crucial dimension to the story of how Christian history was created.

Stephen J. Davis is professor of religious studies, executive director of the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project, and master of Pierson College at Yale University.

Yale UP, 2014, geb, 432 pp, € 41.95, 9780300149456
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Litwa, M. David
Iesus Deus: The Early Christian Depiction of Jesus as a Mediterranean God
What does it mean for Jesus to be 'deified' in early Christian literature? Early Christians did not simply assert Jesus' divinity; in their literature, they depicted Jesus with the specific and widely recognized traits of Mediterranean deities.

Relying on the methods of the history of religions and ranging judiciously across Hellenistic literature, M. David Litwa shows that at each stage in their depiction of Jesus' life and ministry, early Christian writings from the beginning relied on categories drawn not from Judaism alone, but on a wide, pan-Mediterranean understanding of deity.

Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014, pap, 281 pp, € 36.75, 9781451473032
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2.1.1.1 Geschiedenis Tweede Tempel Periode / Vroeg Christendom

   
Jones, Christopher P.
Between Pagan and Christian
For the early Christians, 'pagan' referred to a multitude of unbelievers: Greek and Roman devotees of the Olympian gods, and 'barbarians' such as Arabs and Germans with their own array of deities. But while these groups were clearly outsiders or idolaters, who and what was pagan depended on the outlook of the observer, as Christopher Jones shows in this fresh and penetrating analysis. Treating paganism as a historical construct rather than a fixed entity, Between Pagan and Christian uncovers the ideas, rituals, and beliefs that Christians and pagans shared in Late Antiquity.

While the emperor Constantine's conversion in 312 was a momentous event in the history of Christianity, the new religion had been gradually forming in the Roman Empire for centuries, as it moved away from its Jewish origins and adapted to the dominant pagan culture. Early Christians drew on pagan practices and claimed important pagans as their harbingers - asserting that Plato, Virgil, and others had glimpsed Christian truths. At the same time, Greeks and Romans had encountered in Judaism observances and beliefs shared by Christians such as the Sabbath and the idea of a single, creator God. Polytheism was the most obvious feature separating paganism and Christianity, but pagans could be monotheists, and Christians could be accused of polytheism and branded as pagans. In the diverse religious communities of the Roman Empire, as Jones makes clear, concepts of divinity, conversion, sacrifice, and prayer were much more fluid than traditional accounts of early Christianity have led us to believe.

Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 207 pp, € 42.00, 9780674725201
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Meyers, Eric M., Mark A. Chancey
Alexander to Constantine Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Volume III
Drawing on the most recent, groundbreaking archaeological research, Eric M. Meyers and Mark A. Chancey re-narrate the history of ancient Palestine in this richly illustrated and expertly integrated book. Spanning from the conquest of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BCE until the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine in the fourth century CE, they synthesize archaeological evidence with ancient literary sources (including the Bible) to offer a sustained overview of the tumultuous intellectual and religious changes that impacted world history during the Greco-Roman period.

Eric M. Meyers and Mark A. Chancey describe Hellenism as the main vehicle for the transformation of early Judaism and early Christianity in material culture and sacred traditions. They provide detailed discussions of the emergence of the two as sister religions, undistinguishable in many ways for centuries, then discuss how Judaism and Christianity developed in separate ways, especially after the rise of imperial Christianity with Emperor Constantine. A treasury of information coupled with brilliant insights, this book has much to offer scholar, student, and general reader alike.

Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library, Yale UP, 2014, pap, 363 pp, € 23.50, 9780300205831
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2.1.2.0 Geschiedenis Patristiek / 3e - 6e eeuw

Hevelone-Harper, Jennifer L.
Disciples of the Desert. Monks, Laity, and Spiritual Authority in Sixth-Century Gaza
On the periphery of the Roman empire, the sixth-century desert city of Gaza served as a crossroads between Palestine and Egypt. The nearby village of Tawatha was home to the thriving monastery of Abbot Seridos and the renowned anchorites Barsanuphius, known to the people as the Great Old Man, and his disciple John. The laity of the area looked to the monks for spiritual leadership, as did their brother monks, bishops, and religious leaders from as far away as Jerusalem and Constantinople. Having adopted a life of physical isolation, the monks communicated with others by letters, offering guidance in such matters as treatment of slaves, distribution of alms, interpretation of visions, and social relations with pagans and Jews.

This extraordinary correspondence opens a window into the spiritual world of the desert monastery and the lay community it served. In Disciples of the Desert, Jennifer Hevelone-Harper uses a careful study of the letters to reveal fascinating insights into the monastic community and sixth-century Christian spirituality.

Hevelone-Harper explains the network of spiritual authority that was created to lead the monastic community and discusses how monastic leaders responded to challenges to authority, appointed successors, and chose and mentored disciples. She reveals the immense love that Abbot Seridos, Barsanuphius, and John had for their fellow monastics and for the lay community in Tawatha, Gaza, and beyond.

Jennifer L. Hevelone-Harper is a professor of history at Gordon College.

Johns Hopkins UP, 2014, pap, 211 pp, € 32.00, 9781421413860
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2.1.2.1 Geschiedenis Patristiek Serie Sources Chretiennes

SC 557 Eutherios de Tyane
Protestation. Lettres
Eveque de Tyane en Cappadoce, Eutherios est un ami de Nestorius ; c'est dire qu'il a choisi le mauvais camp dans la querelle christologique du concile d'Ephese (431). Il ecrit juste apres la tenue du concile, pour protester contre ses decisions, defendre Nestorius a ses yeux injustement condamne, et poursuivre la denonciation de la theologie de Cyrille qu'il tient pour apollinariste. Il rend ainsi la parole au vaincu d'Ephese, destitue et retire dans un monastere pres d'Antioche. Sa Protestation, ecrite avec talent et fougue a l'ombre de l'oeuvre plus connue d'un Theodoret de Cyr, illustre les idees du milieu antiochien sur l'unite du Christ homme et Dieu, sur sa vie d'homme et sa Passion ; elle nous eclaire aussi sur le sens de son combat et de sa fidelite a Nestorius.

Publiees ici a la suite de l'oeuvre, 5 Lettres nous renseignent sur les discussions dans le milieu antiochien apres Ephese, les fidelites, les concessions, les trahisons. Elles sont un document historique de premier ordre.

Texte de M. Tetz (PTS) - Introduction, traduction et notes par Joseph Paramelle, s.j. avec la collaboration de Louis Neyrand, s.j.

Sources Chretiennes 557, Cerf, 2014, pap, 403 pp, € 44.95, 9782204102148
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SC 566 Evagre le Scholastique
Histoire Ecclesiastique, Livres IV-VI
La deuxieme partie (livres IV-VI) de l'Histoire ecclesiastique couvre les trois-quarts du VIe siecle, du regne de Justin Ier (518-527) a celui de Maurice qui commence en 582. Elle se rapproche progressivement d'une histoire classique, politique et militaire.

Evagre a puise aux meilleures sources : Procope de Cesaree, les archives d'Antioche , et plus encore sa propre experience. il a eprouve dans ses plus cheres affections les ravages de la peste, recurrente depuis Justinien ; il a vu de ses yeux la splendeur de Sainte Sophie, dont il donne une description aussi exacte qu'eblouie ; il a lu directement, sur les presents envoyes par le Roi de Perse au sanctuaire du martyr Serge, les inscriptions exprimant la gratitude royale pour les interventions miraculeuses du saint. Son art d'ecrire donne vie e de hautes figures comme l'eveque politique Gregoire d'Antioche ou l'empereur Maurice, aussi bien qu'aux heros de la foi chretienne, moines, ascetes, thaumaturges, saint stylites tel Symeon, objet d'une vibrante admiration.

Legitimement fier de son oeuvre, Evagre est pour nous un temoin du double attachement, a la tradition classique et a la foi chretienne, qui soude et nourrit l'elite cultivee de l'Empire d'Orient.

Sources Chretiennes 566, Cerf, 2014, pap, 424 pp, € 62.50, 9782204102469
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2.2 Geschiedenis ME / Renaissance / 6e - 15e eeuw

Bruzelius, Caroline
Preaching, Building, and Burying. Friars in the Medieval City
Friars transformed the relationship of the church to laymen by taking religion outside to public and domestic spaces. Mendicant commitment to apostolic poverty bound friars to donors in an exchange of donations in return for intercessory prayers and burial: association with friars was believed to reduce the suffering of purgatory. Mendicant convents became urban cemeteries, warehouses filled with family tombs, flags, shields, and private altars.

As mendicants became progressively institutionalized and sought legitimacy, friars adopted the architectural structures of monasticism: chapter houses, cloisters, dormitories, and refectories. They also created piazzas for preaching and burying outside their churches. Construction depended on assembling adequate funding from communes, confraternities, and private individuals; it was also sometimes supported by the expropriation of property from heretics. Because of irregular funding, construction was episodic, with substantial changes in scale and design. Choir screens served as temporary west facades while funds were raised for completion. This is the first book to analyze the friars' influence on the growth and transformation of medieval buildings and urban spaces.

Caroline Bruzelius is the A. M. Cogan Professor of History of Art at Duke University.

Yale UP, 2014, geb, 256 pp, € 48.50, 9780300203844
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Frutolf of Michelsberg, T. J. H., Mccarthy ( ed., transl. and ann.)
Chronicles of the Investiture Contest
This book is the first English translation of one of the most significant chronicles of the middle ages. Written in Bamberg at the end of the eleventh century, Frutolf of Michelsberg's Chronicle offers a lively and vivid account of the great struggle between the German emperors and the papacy known today as the Investiture Contest. Together with numerous continuations written in the first quarter of the twelfth century, Frutolf's Chronicle offers an engaging and accessible snapshot of how medieval people reacted to a conflict that led to civil war in Germany and Italy, and fundamentally altered the relationship of church and state in Western society.
Manchester UP, 2014, pap, 324 pp, € 26.00, 9780719084706
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Henry Kamen
The Spanish Inquisition. A Historical Revision, Fourth Edition
In this completely updated edition of Henry Kamen's classic survey of the Spanish Inquisition, the author incorporates the latest research in multiple languages to offer a new - and thought-provoking - view of this fascinating period. Kamen sets the notorious Christian tribunal into the broader context of Islamic and Jewish culture in the Mediterranean, reassesses its consequences for Jewish culture, measures its impact on Spain's intellectual life, and firmly rebuts a variety of myths and exaggerations that have distorted understandings of the Inquisition. He concludes with disturbing reflections on the impact of state security organizations in our own time.

Henry Kamen is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a world authority on Spanish history. He lives in Greensboro, GA, and Barcelona, Spain.

Yale UP, 2014, pap, 512 pp, € 22.00, 9780300180510
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Riehle, Wolfgang
The Secret Within, Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England
Spiritual seekers throughout history have sought illumination through solitary contemplation. In the Christian tradition, medieval England stands out for its remarkable array of hermits, recluses, and spiritual outsiders, from Cuthbert, Godric of Fichale, and Christina of Markyate to Richard Rolle, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe. In The Secret Within, Wolfgang Riehle offers the first comprehensive history of English medieval mysticism in decades, one that will appeal to anyone fascinated by mysticism as a phenomenon of religious life.

In considering the origins and evolution of the English mystical tradition, Riehle begins in the twelfth century with the revival of eremitical mysticism and the early growth of the Cistercian Order in the British Isles. He then focuses in depth on the great mystics of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries: Richard Rolle (the first great English mystic), the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Walter Hilton, Margery Kempe, and Julian of Norwich. Riehle carefully grounds his narrative in the broader spiritual landscape of the Middle Ages, pointing out both prior influences dating back to Late Antiquity and corresponding developments in mysticism and theology on the Continent. He discusses the problem of possible differences between male and female spirituality and the movement of popularizing mysticism in the late Middle Ages. Filled with fresh insights, In The Secret Within will be welcomed especially by teachers and students of medieval literature as well as by those engaged in historical, theological, philosophical, cultural, even anthropological and comparative studies of mysticism.

Cornell UP, 2014, geb, 427 pp, € 31.00, 9780801451096
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Winroth, Anders
The Conversion of Scandinavia. Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe
In this book a MacArthur Award-winning scholar argues for a radically new interpretation of the conversion of Scandinavia from paganism to Christianity in the early Middle Ages. Overturning the received narrative of Europe's military and religious conquest and colonization of the region, Anders Winroth contends that rather than acting as passive recipients, Scandinavians converted to Christianity because it was in individual chieftains' political, economic, and cultural interests to do so. Through a painstaking analysis and historical reconstruction of both archaeological and literary sources, and drawing on scholarly work that has been unavailable in English, Winroth opens up new avenues for studying European ascendency and the expansion of Christianity in the medieval period.

Anders Winroth, professor of history at Yale, is the author of The Making of Gratian's Decretum, for which he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003.

Yale UP, 2014, pap, 238 pp, € 24.95, 9780300205534
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2.3 Geschiedenis Vroegmodern / Reformatie / Contrareformatie 16e eeuw

Luther, Maarten, Herman Westerink (samenstelling en redactie), Mirjam Nieboer (vertaling)
Gesprekken aan tafel
Gesprekken aan tafel is een bonte verzameling ernstige beschouwingen, persoonlijke ontboezemingen, pittige aforismen, maatschappijkritische en soms ook uitgesproken grappige uitspraken van Maarten Luther (1483-1546). Ze zijn genoteerd door de vele tijdelijke inwonende kostgangers die allemaal aan de eettafel van de gastvrije familie Luther meeaten (vlees, brood) en meedronken (bier). Het lezen van Luther is een uitdaging. Zijn ideeen maken op het eerste gezicht een dogmatische, strenge en soms ook ongenuanceerde indruk. Wie verder leest zal snel merken dat het Luther in zijn theologie altijd te doen is om het subtiele en onzekere samenspel tussen God en mens dat wordt uitgedrukt in het woord 'geloof'.

De centrale thema's in deze selectie van tafelgesprekken zijn de aanvechting, de verborgenheid van God en de relatie tussen kerk en staat. Ook zijn er teksten over de persoon en het leven van Luther opgenomen, naast diens theologische compacte en doorwrochte betogen en spontane, vaak hoekige en barse uitspraken.

Luthers denken, dat handelt om de problematiek van de relatie van het subject tot zichzelf, de wereld en God, blijkt verrassend modern.

Op 19 augustus is dit boek bij ons gepresenteerd. Wilt u de inleiding van Herman Westerink nog nalezen dan vindt u die hier

Reeks Origine, Uitgeverij Sjibbolet, 2014, pap, 204 pp, € 22.95, 9789491110177
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More, Thomas
Utopia, druk 8
Verschijnt 12 aug 2014

Een gemeenschap van werkenden waarin de kloof tussen arm en rijk niet bestaat, waar iedereen beschikt over wat hij nodig heeft, waar geld geen rol speelt en economische misdrijven niet voorkomen: ziedaar Utopia volgens Thomas More. Het lijkt in niets op de toestand in het Westen van het begin van de zestiende eeuw, waar armoede heerste, de rechtspleging corrupt was, het grootgrondbezit tot schrijnende onrechtvaardigheden leidde en de politiek aan alle kanten faalde.

Vertaald door Paul Silverentand

Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep, 2014, pap, 264 pp, € 12.50, 9789025304133
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3.0.0 Systematische Theologie

Dicou, Bert (red)
Goddeeltjes
Aangekondigd voor 22 augustus 2014

Zes prominente theologen op zoek naar de 'Goddeeltjes' van ons bestaan. Zes grondbegrippen van de christelijke traditie, opnieuw doordacht in de context van het leven in de 21e eeuw.

Het wetenschappelijk hoogtepunt van 2012 was de ontdekking van het 'Goddeeltje', het elementaire deeltje dat fundamenteel is voor het begrijpen van het universum. Ook theologen houden zich van oudsher met het Goddeeltje bezig en zijn op zoek naar wat fundamenteel is voor het bestaan, gericht op de grenzen van wat we kunnen weten - en daaraan voorbij. Dat is ook de opzet van de zes boeken uit deze cassette. Zes boeken over zes aspecten van de christelijke traditie, opnieuw doordacht. Telkens afgesloten met een deel waarin de auteurs persoonlijk bevraagd worden op hun inspiratie en drijfveren.

Cassete met 6 paperbacks, met bijdragen van zes theologen uit de remonstrantse traditie: Christa Anbeek, Christiane Berkvens-Stevelinck, Koen Holtzapffel, Foeke Knoppers, Bert Dicou, Peter Nissen en Antje van der Hoek (interviews).

Boekencentrum, 2014, pap, 384 pp, € 22.00, 9789021143576
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Hennecke, Susanne
Karl Barth in den Niederlanden.Teil 1: Theologische, kulturelle und politische Rezeptionen (1919-1960)
Susanne Hennecke argues that Karl Barth's theology developed in the Netherlands reception as an alternative cultural theology. For the first time ever she presents Karl Barth's theological, cultural, and political reception and impact on the Netherlands as a whole. Hennecke's reflections may be suitable to start and compare Karl Barth's receptions internationally.
Forschungen zur systematischen und okumenischen Theologie, Band 142., Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 2014, geb, 440 pp, € 111.00, 9783525564110
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Rahner, Karl
SW 01: Fruhe spirituelle Texte und Studien. Grundlagen im Orden
Erwartet june 2014
Karl Rahner Samtliche Werke 1, Herder, 2014, geb, ca 512 pp, € 90.00, 9783451237195
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4.1 Kerkgenootschappen Oosterse kerken

Noble, Samuel, Alexander Treiger
The Orthodox Church in the Arab World 700-1700. An Anthology of Sources
Arabic was among the first languages in which the Gospel was preached. The Book of Acts mentions Arabs as being present at the first Pentecost in Jerusalem, where they heard the Christian message in their native tongue. Christian literature in Arabic is at least 1,300 years old, the oldest surviving texts dating from the 8th century. Pre-modern Arab Christian literature embraces such diverse genres as Arabic translations of the Bible and the Church Fathers, biblical commentaries, lives of the saints, theological and polemical treatises, devotional poetry, philosophy, medicine, and history. Yet in the Western historiography of Christianity, the Arab Christian Middle East is treated only peripherally, if at all.

The first of its kind, this anthology makes accessible in English representative selections from major Arab Christian works written between the 8th and 18th centuries. The translations are idiomatic while preserving the character of the original. The popular assumption is that in the wake of the Islamic conquests, Christianity abandoned the Middle East to flourish elsewhere, leaving its original heartland devoid of an indigenous Christian presence. Until now, several of these important texts have remained unpublished or unavailable in English. Translated by leading scholars, these texts represent the major genres of Orthodox literature in Arabic. Noble and Treiger provide an introduction that helps form a comprehensive history of Christians within the Muslim world. The collection marks an important contribution to the history of medieval Christianity and the history of the medieval Near East.

Northern Illinois UP, 2014, pap, 375 pp, € 34.95, 9780875807010
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4.2 Kerkgenootschappen Katholieke Kerk

Coopmans, Jos
Satanskinderen? Het verhaal van een gestichtsjeugd
In de jaren veertig van de vorige eeuw heeft Jos Coopmans een deel van zijn jeugd doorgebracht in een 'gesticht': eerst in een katholiek kindertehuis waar hij als kleine jongen na een uithuisplaatsing werd ondergebracht en daarna in het eveneens katholieke 'opvoedingsgesticht' Harreveld. Dat was een internaat waarin zowel voogdijkinderen als jongens die onder toezicht van justitie waren gesteld, werden geplaatst. De leiding van Harreveld was in handen van de Broeders van Amsterdam, officieel de Broeders van Onze Lieve Vrouw van Zeven Smarten. De jaren op Harreveld waren voor Jos acht verdrietige jaren, waarin zijn verlangen naar vrijheid, naar zijn eigen dorp en naar 'thuis' steeds groter werd.

Vanwege de onevenwichtige samenstelling van de jeugdige bewoners - 'boefjes' versus kinderbeschermingspupillen - was er van normale vriendschappelijke verhoudingen niet of nauwelijks sprake. De broeders deden hun uiterste best, maar moesten hun beleid en regime wel afstemmen op de moeilijk te behandelen jongens. Dat gaf de nodige spanning en later, bij de oudere jongens, kwam daar ook nog de nodige seksuele agressie bij. Er heerste op Harreveld in die jaren een bijzonder seksueel klimaat, dat ook Jos aanvankelijk op het verkeerde been zette. Op een enkele uitzondering na waren de broeders daarbij niet betrokken, al is het beeld dat de afgelopen jaren met name in de media werd geschetst van het seksueel misbruik door religieuzen in instellingen nogal anders.

In dit levensverhaal, dat de auteur schreef om de problemen waar hij op latere leeftijd mee kampte van zich af te schrijven en die te maken hadden met zijn armoedige afkomst en zijn gestichtsverleden, laat hij zien dat de werkelijkheid toch wat genuanceerder was dan de nu in de publieke opinie levende voorstelling daarvan.

MemoReeks 38, Valkhof Pers, 2014, pap, 203 pp, € 17.50, 9789056254117
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5.1.0 Praktische Theologie Pastoraat / Geestelijke begeleiding

Aarnoudse, Jos, Rob van Essen, Gerrit-Jan van der Kolm, Eva Ouwehand, Leo Smelt
Handreiking bevrijdingspastoraat, pastorale mogelijkheden en valkuilen
Het woord 'bevrijdingspastoraat' kan heftige reacties oproepen, zowel positieve als negatieve. Daarom heeft de Protestantse Kerk in Nederland een handreiking samengesteld. Deze handreiking bespreekt op een pastorale wijze de dilemma's rond de dienst der genezing. Hoe kan de plaatselijke christelijke gemeente omgaan met concrete vragen van gemeenteleden of mensen van buitenaf naar genezing en bevrijding? Is er ruimte om na te denken over de betekenis van de heelheid van lichaam, ziel en geest? Kunnen 'genezing'en 'bevrijding' een plaats krijgen in de pastorale zorg? Het gaat de auteurs van deze handreiking om de totale benadering: pastorale gesprekken met de pastor, overleg met naasten en hulpverlening, een bijzondere bijeenkomst van gebed om bevrijding en de nazorg daarop volgend. Dit boek is bedoeld voor iedereen binnen de kerk die zich wil bezinnen op de pastorale zorg voor degenen die door kwade machten worden gekweld. Deze uitgave kwam tot stand in samenwerking met de Protestantse Kerk in Nederland.
Boekencentrum, 2014, pap, 60 pp, € 8.90, 9789023928225
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5.9 Kalenders / Agenda

Kerkenwerkagenda 2015
Praktisch, bruikbaar en informatief, met:

* Bijbelrooster in het calendarium opgenomen

* namen van zondagen

* kleuren van het kerkelijk jaar

* (semi-)kerkelijke bijeenkomsten en adressen

* schoolvakanties per regio

* feest- en gedenkdagen

* jaarplanner

* volop ruimte voor eigen aantekeningen

* aparte bladzijden voor de zondag

* maandag tot en met zaterdag verdeeld over twee pagina's

* december 2014 als extra om over te stappen

Boekencentrum, 2014, pap, 300 pp, € 9.50, 9789023927686
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Mariakalender 2015
Verschijnt augustus 2014

De Mariakalender 2015 biedt een jaar lang dagelijkse informatie: datum, kerkelijke en wereldlijke feest- en gedenkdagen, spreuken. Op de achterzijde een bont geheel van citaten, grappen, gedichtjes, wetenswaardigheden, recepten en puzzels.

Omniboek, 2014, pap, ca 365 pp, € 8.50, 9789030401155
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Hulskramer, George (red)
Happinez spirituele scheurkalender 2015
Verschijnt augustus 2014

Deze tiende editie van de Happinez spirituele scheurkalender biedt opnieuw 365 dagen wijsheid en inspiratie over spiritualiteit uit alle delen van de wereld. Denkers, schrijvers, mystici uit allerlei tradities komen aan het woord - van het daoisme, boeddhisme, hindoeisme, de islam en het soefisme, het jodendom en het christendom, tot de natuurgodsdiensten en de school van de Advaita Vendanta.

Ten Have, 2014, pap, ca 384 pp, € 15.95, 9789025903770
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6.6 Kinderen Godsdienstonderwijs

Berg, Bas van den
Speelruimte voor dialoog en verbeelding. Basisschoolleerlingen maken kennis met religieuze verhalen
Op veel basisscholen in Nederland heerst verlegenheid ten aanzien van het vormgeven van levensbeschouwelijk onderwijs in de 21e eeuw. Kennis maken met een levende levensbeschouwelijke of religieuze traditie is allang geen vanzelfsprekende zaak meer op de basisschool. De in dit boek uitgewerkte en door onderzoek verantwoorde creatieve en interactieve benadering van levensbeschouwelijk leren stelt kinderen van zowel openbare als bijzondere scholen in staat om waardevolle tradities zich op een persoonlijke wijze eigen te maken. Dit veronderstelt wel dat leerkrachten basisonderwijs in staat zijn om op professionele wijze de levensbeschouwelijke ontwikkeling van hun leerlingen te begeleiden en te stimuleren. De centrale stelling van dit boek is dat dialoog en verbeelding leerlingen van de basisschool in staat stellen eigen interpretaties van de beeldtaal van religieuze verhalen te creeren. Zo ontdekken zij zin en betekenis
Narratio, 2014, pap, 404 pp, € 29.50, 9789052638997
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7.0 Islam

Fowden, Garth
Before and After Muhammad: The First Millennium Refocused
Islam emerged amid flourishing Christian and Jewish cultures, yet students of Antiquity and the Middle Ages mostly ignore it. Despite intensive study of late Antiquity over the last fifty years, even generous definitions of this period have reached only the eighth century, whereas Islam did not mature sufficiently to compare with Christianity or rabbinic Judaism until the tenth century. Before and After Muhammad suggests a new way of thinking about the historical relationship between the scriptural monotheisms, integrating Islam into European and West Asian history.

Garth Fowden identifies the whole of the First Millennium--from Augustus and Christ to the formation of a recognizably Islamic worldview by the time of the philosopher Avicenna--as the proper chronological unit of analysis for understanding the emergence and maturation of the three monotheistic faiths across Eurasia. Fowden proposes not just a chronological expansion of late Antiquity but also an eastward shift in the geographical frame to embrace Iran.

In Before and After Muhammad, Fowden looks at Judaism, Christianity, and Islam alongside other important developments in Greek philosophy and Roman law, to reveal how the First Millennium was bound together by diverse exegetical traditions that nurtured communities and often stimulated each other.

Garth Fowden is Research Director at the Institute of Historical Research, National Research Foundation, Athens, and Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths at the University of Cambridge. His books include The Egyptian Hermes: A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind and Empire to Commonwealth: Consequences of Monotheism in Late Antiquity (both Princeton).

Princeton UP, 2014, geb, 230 pp, € 35.95, 9780691158532
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Jansen, Hans
De historische Mohammed: de Mekkaanse verhalen
Heruitgave, verschijning aangekondigd voor 23/5/2014, maar nog niet verschenen

De historische Mohammed: De Mekkaanse verhalen is de neerslag van een zoektocht naar de echte Mohammed. Wie was hij eigenlijk? Met deze vraag in het achterhoofd begon arabist Hans Jansen de islamitische bronnen over het leven van de profeet Mohammed te herlezen en de verschillende overleveringen met elkaar te vergelijken. Gewapend met een uitgebreide kennis van de Arabische wereld en een fikse dosis gezond verstand onderwerpt de auteur de moslimtraditie aan een kritisch onderzoek. Een beroep doen op de hand van God, die een en ander nu eenmaal zo geregeld heeft, is er voor historici immers niet bij. Maar valt de historische waarheid wel te achterhalen? Hoe betrouwbaar zijn de verhalen over de grondlegger van de islam? En hoeveel historische waarheid verdraagt een gelovige?

Dit boek is het eerste deel van een tweeluik. Deel twee handelt over Mohammeds tijd in Medina. Beide delen zijn afzonderlijk te lezen.

Uitgeverij van Praag, 2014, pap, 224 pp, € 18.50, 9789049024123
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8 Judaica

   
Oz, Amos, Fania Oz-Salzberger
Jews and Words
Why are words so important to Jews? Novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words. Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism's most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips. These words, they argue, comprise the chain connecting Abraham with the Jews of every subsequent generation. Framing the discussion within such topics as continuity, women, timelessness, and individualism, Oz and Oz-Salzberger deftly engage Jewish personalities across the ages, from the unnamed, possibly-female author of the "Song of Songs" through obscure Talmudists to contemporary writers. They suggest that Jewish continuity, even Jewish uniqueness, depends not on central places, monuments, heroic personalities, or rituals, but rather on written words and an ongoing conversation between the generations. Full of learning, lyricism, and humour, "Jews and Words" offers an extraordinary tour of the words at the heart of Jewish culture and extends a hand to the reader, any reader, to join the dialogue.
Yale UP, 2014, pap, 232 pp, € 14.00, 9780300205848
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8 Judaica Geschiedenis en Cultuur Vroegmodern en Modern

Stein, Sarah Abrevaya
Saharan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria
The history of Algerian Jews has thus far been viewed from the perspective of communities on the northern coast, who became, to some extent, beneficiaries of colonialism. But to the south, in the Sahara, Jews faced a harsher colonial treatment. In Saharan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria, Sarah Abrevaya Stein asks why the Jews of Algeria's south were marginalized by French authorities, how they negotiated the sometimes brutal results, and what the reverberations have been in the postcolonial era.

Drawing on materials from thirty archives across six countries, Stein tells the story of colonial imposition on a desert community that had lived and traveled in the Sahara for centuries. She paints an intriguing historical picture - of an ancient community, trans-Saharan commerce, desert labor camps during World War II, anthropologist spies, battles over oil, and the struggle for Algerian sovereignty. Writing colonialism and decolonization into Jewish history and Jews into the French Saharan one, Saharan Jews and the Fate of French Algeria is a fascinating exploration not of Jewish exceptionalism but of colonial power and its religious and cultural differentiations, which have indelibly shaped the modern world.

Chicago UP, 2014, pap, 272 pp, € 27.95, 9780226123745
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8 Judaica Israel

Halkin, Hillel
Jabotinsky. A Life
Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880-1940) was a man of huge paradoxes and contradictions and has been the most misunderstood of all Zionist politicians--a first-rate novelist, a celebrated Russian journalist, and the founder of the branch of Zionism now headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. This biography, the first in English in nearly two decades, undertakes to answer central questions about Jabotinsky as a writer, a political thinker, and a leader. Hillel Halkin sets aside the stereotypes to which Jabotinsky has been reduced by his would-be followers and detractors alike.

Halkin explains the importance of Odessa, Jabotinsky's native city, in molding his character and outlook; discusses his novels and short stories, showing the sometimes hidden connections between them and Jabotinsky's political thought, and studies a political career that ended in tragic failure. Halkin also addresses Jabotinsky's position, unique among the great figures of Zionist history, as both a territorial maximalist and a principled believer in democracy. The author inquires why Jabotinsky was often accused of fascist tendencies though he abhorred authoritarian and totalitarian politics, and investigates the many opposed aspects of his personality and conduct while asking whether or not they had an ultimate coherence. Few figures in twentieth-century Jewish life were quite so admired and loathed, and Halkin's splendid, subtle book explores him with empathy and lucidity.

Hillel Halkin is a writer, critic, and translator. He is the author of Across the Sabbath River and Yehuda Halevi, both of which won the National Jewish Book Award. His most recent book is Melisande! What Are Dreams? He lives in Israel.

Yale UP, 2014, geb, 256 pp, € 27.50, 9780300136623
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8 Judaica Mystiek en Spiritualiteit

Cole, Peter ( translated and annotation) , co-ed with Aminadav Dykman
The Poetry of Kabbalah. Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition
This groundbreaking collection presents for the first time in English a substantial body of poetry that emerges directly from the sublime and often startling world of Jewish mysticism. Taking up Gershom Scholem's call to plumb the 'tremendous poetic potential' concealed in the Kabbalistic tradition, Peter Cole provides dazzling renderings of work composed on three continents over a period of some fifteen hundred years.

In addition to the translations and the texts in their original languages, Cole supplies a lively and insightful introduction, along with accessible commentaries to the poems. Aminadav Dykman adds an elegant afterword that places the work in the context of world literature. As a whole, the collection brings readers into the fascinating force field of Kabbalistic verse, where the building blocks of both language and existence itself are unveiled.

Yale UP, 2014, pap, 544 pp, € 21.00, 9780300205695
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8 Judaica Rabbinica

Fogel, Joshua A.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions Reading Tractate Horayot of the Babylonian Talmud
Comprised of debates among the rabbis of late antiquity in the aftermath of the destruction of the Second Temple (70 C.E.), the Talmud has provided the basis for Jewish ethical and practical norms for centuries. It is also an extremely long and forbiddingly difficult work that has accumulated countless commentaries just as complex over the ages. A recent translation with extensive notes has made it more accessible to English-language readers, but the textual difficulties remain. This volume looks at the tractate Horayot (Decisions), page by page, and offers a modern commentary with doses of humor and comparative examples in an effort to both explain and humanize the text and make it even more accessible to contemporary readers. The central focus concerns how to adjudicate cases when the governing body, the Sanhedrin, incorrectly designates certain practices legal and people follow the erroneous advice as a result.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014, pap, 104 pp, € 23.25, 9780761861317
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Fogel, Joshua A.
(Sacrifices) Left at the Altar Reading Tractate Zevachim of the Babylonian Talmud
Following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., Judaism faced a serious crossroads. The rabbis of late antiquity spent the next few centuries in extensive debates in an effort to create an ethical and practical basis for a Torah-based faith. Their extensive discussions constitute the bulk of what we now know as the Talmud. This collection is not only massive; it is forbiddingly difficult and has accumulated numerous commentaries over the centuries since it first appeared. Recent translations have made it somewhat more accessible to English-language readers, but textual difficulties remain. This volume looks at tractate Zevachim (Sacrifices), which is mostly concerned with meat offerings slaughtered and presented at the Temple (when it stood). Joshua A. Fogel approaches the text, page by page, commenting with doses of humor and comparisons in a manner meant to explain and humanize the text for contemporary readers.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014, pap, 340 pp, € 35.75, 9780761862123
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Fogel, Joshua A.
Grains of Truth Reading Tractate Menachot of the Babylonian Talmud
Following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., Judaism faced a serious crossroads. The rabbis of late antiquity spent the next few centuries immersed in extensive debates in an effort to create an ethical and practical basis for a Torah-based faith. Their discussions constitute the bulk of what we know as the Talmud. This collection is not only massive; it is forbiddingly difficult, having accumulated numerous commentaries over the centuries since it first appeared. Recent translations have made it somewhat more accessible to English-language readers, but textual difficulties remain. This volume looks at tractate Menachot (grain offerings), which is concerned mostly with grain offered at the Temple (when it stood) to atone for various misdeeds. Joshua A. Fogel approaches the text, page by page, commenting with doses of humor and comparisons in a manner meant to explain and humanize the text for contemporary readers.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014, pap, 387 pp, € 37.95, 9780761863014
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8 Judaica Shoah/ Holocaust/ Antisemitisme

Confino, Alon
A World Without Jews. The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide
Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The perplexing event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust occurred. In this gripping new analysis, Alon Confino draws on an array of archives across three continents to propose a penetrating new assessment of one of the central moral problems of the twentieth century. To a surprising extent, Confino demonstrates, the mass murder of Jews during the war years was powerfully anticipated in the culture of the prewar years.

The author shifts his focus away from the debates over what the Germans did or did not know about the Holocaust and explores instead how Germans came to conceive of the idea of a Germany without Jews. He traces the stories the Nazis told themselves - where they came from and where they were heading - and how those stories led to the conclusion that Jews must be eradicated in order for the new Nazi civilization to arise. The creation of this new empire required that Jews and Judaism be erased from Christian history, and this was the inspiration - and justification - for Kristallnacht. As Germans imagined a future world without Jews, persecution and extermination became imaginable, and even justifiable.

Alon Confino is professor in the department of history at the University of Virginia and at Ben Gurion University, Israel. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.

Yale UP, 2014, geb, 304 pp, € 29.50, 9780300188547
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Mandel, Maud S.
Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict
This book traces the global, national, and local origins of the conflict between Muslims and Jews in France, challenging the belief that rising anti-Semitism in France is rooted solely in the unfolding crisis in Israel and Palestine. Maud Mandel shows how the conflict in fact emerged from processes internal to French society itself even as it was shaped by affairs elsewhere, particularly in North Africa during the era of decolonization.

Mandel examines moments in which conflicts between Muslims and Jews became a matter of concern to French police, the media, and an array of self-appointed spokesmen from both communities: Israel's War of Independence in 1948, France's decolonization of North Africa, the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the 1968 student riots, and Francois Mitterrand's experiments with multiculturalism in the 1980s. She takes an in-depth, on-the-ground look at interethnic relations in Marseille, which is home to the country's largest Muslim and Jewish populations outside of Paris. She reveals how Muslims and Jews in France have related to each other in diverse ways throughout this history--as former residents of French North Africa, as immigrants competing for limited resources, as employers and employees, as victims of racist aggression, as religious minorities in a secularizing state, and as French citizens.

In Muslims and Jews in France, Mandel traces the way these multiple, complex interactions have been overshadowed and obscured by a reductionist narrative of Muslim-Jewish polarization.

Maud Mandel is associate professor of Judaic studies and history and director of the Program in Judaic Studies at Brown University. She is the author of In the Aftermath of Genocide: Armenians and Jews in Twentieth-Century France.

Princeton UP, 2014, geb, 253 pp, € 35.75, 9780691125817
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9.0.0 Godsdienstwetenschappen

Anidjar, Gil
Blood: A Critique of Christianity
Blood, according to Gil Anidjar, maps the singular history of Christianity. As a category for historical analysis, blood can be seen through its literal and metaphorical uses as determining, sometimes even defining Western culture, politics, and social practices and their wide-ranging incarnations in nationalism, capitalism, and law.

Engaging with a variety of sources, Anidjar explores the presence and the absence, the making and unmaking of blood in philosophy and medicine, law and literature, and economic and political thought from ancient Greece to medieval Spain, from the Bible to Shakespeare and Melville. The prevalence of blood in the social, juridical, and political organization of the modern West signals that we do not live in a secular age into which religion could return. Flowing across multiple boundaries, infusing them with violent precepts that we must address, blood undoes the presumed oppositions between religion and politics, economy and theology, and kinship and race. It demonstrates that what we think of as modern is in fact imbued with Christianity. Christianity, Blood fiercely argues, must be reconsidered beyond the boundaries of religion alone.

Gil Anidjar is professor of religion, comparative literature, and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African studies at Columbia University. His books include The Jew, The Arab: A History of the Enemy and Semites: Race, Religion, Literature.

Columbia UP, 2014, geb, 464 pp, € 38.95, 9780231167208
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Chidester, David
Empire of Religion. Imperialism and Comparative Religion
How is knowledge about religion and religions produced, and how is that knowledge authenticated and circulated? David Chidester seeks to answer these questions in Empire of Religion, documenting and analyzing the emergence of a science of comparative religion in Great Britain during the second half of the nineteenth century and its complex relations to the colonial situation in southern Africa. In the process, Chidester provides a counter-history of the academic study of religion, an alternative to standard accounts that have failed to link the field of comparative religion with either the power relations or the historical contingencies of the imperial project.

In developing a material history of the study of religion, Chidester documents the importance of African religion, the persistence of the divide between savagery and civilization, and the salience of mediations - imperial, colonial, and indigenous - in which knowledge about religions was produced. He then identifies the recurrence of these mediations in a number of case studies, including Friedrich Max Muller's dependence on colonial experts, H. Rider Haggard and John Buchan's fictional accounts of African religion, and W. E. B. Du Bois's studies of African religion. By reclaiming these theorists for this history, Chidester shows that race, rather than theology, was formative in the emerging study of religion in Europe and North America. Sure to be controversial, Empire of Religion is a major contribution to the field of comparative religious studies.

Chicago UP, 2014, pap, 377 pp, € 32.95, 9780226117430
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Johnson, Paul Christopher
Spirited Things. The work of 'Possesion' in Afro-Atlantic Religions
The word 'possession' is anything but transparent, especially as it developed in the context of the African Americas. There it referred variously to spirits, material goods, and people. It served as a watershed term marking both transactions in which people were made into things - via slavery - and ritual events by which the thingification of people was revised. In Spirited Things, Paul Christopher Johnson gathers together essays by leading anthropologists in the Americas that reopen the concept of possession on these two fronts in order to examine the relationship between African religions in the Atlantic and the economies that have historically shaped - and continue to shape - the cultures that practice them. Exploring the way spirit possessions were framed both by material things - including plantations, the Catholic church, the sea, and the phonograph - as well as by the legacy of slavery, they offer a powerful new way of understanding the Atlantic world.
Chicago UP, 2014, pap, 344 pp, € 32.50, 9780226122762
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Napier, A. David
Making Things Better A Workbook on Ritual, Cultural Values, and Environmental Behavior
In Making Things Better, A. David Napier demonstrates how anthropological description of non-Western exchange practices and beliefs can be a tonic for contemporary economic systems in which our impersonal relationship to 'things' transforms the animate elements of social life into inanimate sets of commodities. Such a fundamental transformation, Napier suggests, makes us automatons in globally integrated social circuits that generate a cast of a winners and losers engaged in hostile competition for wealth and power. Our impersonal relations to 'things' - and to people as well - are so ingrained in our being, we take them for granted as we sleepwalk through routine life.

Like the surrealist artists of the 1920s who, through their art, poetry, films, and photography, fought a valiant battle against mind-numbing conformity, Napier provides exercises and practica designed to shock the reader from their wakeful sleep. These demonstrate powerfully the positively integrative social effects of more socially entangled, non-Western orientations to 'things' and to 'people'. His arguments also have implications for the rights and legal status of indigenous peoples, which are drawn out in the course of the book.

Oxford Ritual Studies, Oxford UP, 2014, pap, 180 pp, € 24.95, 9780199969364
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Olupona, Jacob K.
African Religions: A Very Short Introduction
Africa is home to hundreds of ethnic groups, who together speak more than a thousand languages. It is not surprising, then, that Africa's enormous range of peoples, cultures, and ways of life has engendered a wide diversity of religious practices.

This Very Short Introduction offers a wide-ranging look at the myriad indigenous religious traditions on the African continent. Drawing on archeological research, historical evidence, ethnographic studies, and archival materials such as missionary records, Jacob Olupona - one of the world's leading authorities on African religions - captures a wealth of information in a short compass. The book not only gives the reader a full and vivid sense of African religious belief - exploring myths, gods and local deities, ancestor worship, rites of passage, festivals, divination, and much more - but it also underscores the role these religions play in everyday African life. Indeed, traditional religions inform everything from birthing and death, marriage and family dynamics, to diet, dress and grooming, health care, and even governance. Monarchs, chiefs, and elders play both political and religious roles, imparting secular and spiritual guidance to their subjects, while also being guardians of religious centres such as shrines, temples, and sacred forests.

The author also examines the spread of Christianity and Islam throughout Africa, both the moderate sects (which often blend aspects of indigenous faith into their own practice) and the more extreme fundamentalist sects, which the author states have had a dire effect on African life. In fact, radical forms of Christianity and Islam - both of which decry tradition religion as paganism - have driven a near total collapse of indigenous practice. But if traditional religions are engaged in a battle for their lives in Africa, Olupona shows that they are thriving elsewhere in the world - particularly in the Americas and in Europe.

Oxford Very Short Introductions, Oxford UP, 2014, pap, 152 pp, € 12.50, 9780199790586
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9.0.1 (Godsdienst) Sociologie en Antropologie

Zillinger, Martin
Die Trance, das Blut, die Kamera. Trance-Medien und Neue Medien im marokkanischen Sufismus
Im 21. Jahrhundert haben Migration, der Einsatz Neuer Medien und eine zunehmende Kommerzialisierung marokkanische Sufi-Gruppen und ihre Trance-Rituale verandert. Angesichts islamistischer Reformbewegungen, nationalpolitischer Anspruche und transnationaler Verflechtungen werden Konflikte um religiose Lebensfuhrung an den Orten dieser Bruderschaften, ihrer Heiligen und Damonen, neu verortet. Dieses Buch untersucht im Anschluss an die Studien von Vincent Crapanzano, wie mit der Nutzung Neuer Medien bisherige Praktiken der Isawa und Hamadsa regeneriert und ihre Besessenheitsrituale und offentlichen Zeremonien in neue Zusammenhange und Lebenswelten ubersetzt werden. Ausgezeichnet mit dem Forschungsforderungspreis der Frobenius-Gesellschaft.
Locating Media | Situierte Medien, Transcript, 2013, pap, 342 pp, € 44.50, 9783837611700
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9.1.1 Interreligieuze Dialoog

Lassner, Jacob
Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam. Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities
In Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam, Jacob Lassner examines the triangular relationship that during the Middle Ages defined - and continues to define today - the political and cultural interaction among the three Abrahamic faiths.

Lassner looks closely at the debates occasioned by modern Western scholarship on Islam to throw new light on the social and political status of medieval Jews and Christians in various Islamic lands from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries. Utilizing a vast array of primary sources, Lassner balances the rhetoric of literary and legal texts from the Middle Ages with other, newly published medieval sources, describing life as it was actually lived among the three faith communities. The author shows just what medieval Muslims meant when they spoke of tolerance, and how that abstract concept played out at different times and places in the real world of Christian and Jewish communities under Islamic rule.

Finally, he considers what a more informed picture of the relationship among the Abrahamic faiths in the medieval Islamic world might mean for modern scholarship on medieval Islamic civilization and, not the least, for the highly contentious global environment of today.
Chicago UP, 2014, pap, 312 pp, € 37.50, 9780226143187
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9.3 Hermetica

Mahmud, Lilith
The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters. Gender, Secrecy, and Fraternity in Italian Masonic Lodges
From its traces in cryptic images on the dollar bill to Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, Freemasonry has long been one of the most romanticized secret societies in the world. But a simple fact escapes most depictions of this elite brotherhood: There are women Freemasons, too. In this groundbreaking ethnography, Lilith Mahmud takes readers inside Masonic lodges in contemporary Italy, where she observes the many ritualistic and fraternal bonds forged among women initiates of this elite and esoteric society.

Offering a tantalizing look behind lodge doors, The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters unveils a complex culture of discretion in which Freemasons simultaneously reveal some truths and hide others. Women - one of Freemasonry's best-kept secrets - are often upper class and highly educated but paradoxically antifeminist, and their self-cultivation through the Masonic path is an effort to embrace the deeply gendered ideals of fraternity. Mahmud unravels this contradiction at the heart of Freemasonry: how it was at once responsible for many of the egalitarian concepts of the Enlightenment and yet has always been, and in Italy still remains, extremely exclusive. The result is not only a thrilling look at an unfamiliar - and surprisingly influential - world, but a reevaluation altogether of the modern values and ideals that we now take for granted.

Chicago UP, 2014, pap, 249 pp, € 30.00, 9780226095868
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9.3 Psychologie

Freeland, Charles
Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor. New Essays on Jacques Lacan's The Ethics of Psychoanalysis
A study of Lacan's engagement with the Western philosophical traditions of ethical and political thought in his seventh seminar and later work.

With its privileging of the unconscious, Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytic thought would seem to be at odds with the goals and methods of philosophy. Lacan himself embraced the term 'anti-philosophy' in characterizing his work, and yet his seminars undeniably evince rich engagement with the Western philosophical tradition. These essays explore how Lacan's work challenges and builds on this tradition of ethical and political thought, connecting his 'ethics of psychoanalysis' to both the classical Greek tradition of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and to the Enlightenment tradition of Kant, Hegel, and de Sade. Charles Freeland shows how Lacan critically addressed some of the key ethical concerns of those traditions: the pursuit of truth and the ethical good, the ideals of self-knowledge and the care of the soul, and the relation of moral law to the tragic dimensions of death and desire. Rather than sustaining the characterization of Lacan's work as 'anti-philosophical', these essays identify a resonance capable of enriching philosophy by opening it to wider and evermore challenging perspectives.

'Freeland's reading of Lacan is distinctly philosophical not only because he examines the psychoanalyst's debts to philosophical discourse, but, more forcefully, because his own approach is not indebted to any of the currently dominant trends in psychoanalytic theory. This book is as singular as it is insightful.' - Steven Miller, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Charles Freeland is Lecturer and Course Coordinator, teaching philosophy and architecture at the International Program of Design and Architecture at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

SUNY, 2014, pap, 315 pp, € 27.75, 9781438446486
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95.0 Filosofie algemeen A-M

Badiou, Alain, Elisabeth Roudinesco
Jacques Lacan, Past and Present: A Dialogue
In this dialogue, Alain Badiou shares the clearest, most detailed account to date of his profound indebtedness to Lacanian psychoanalysis. He explains in depth the tools Lacan gave him to navigate the extremes of his other two philosophical 'masters', Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser. Elisabeth Roudinesco supplements Badiou's experience with her own perspective on the troubled landscape of the French analytic world since Lacan's death - critiquing, for example, the link (or lack thereof) between politics and psychoanalysis in Lacan's work. Their exchange reinvigorates how the the work of a pivotal twentieth-century thinker is perceived.
Columbia UP, 2014, pap, 112 pp, € 21.00, 9780231165112
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Badiou, Alain, translated and with an Introduction by Joseph Litvak
Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else
English-speaking readers might be surprised to learn that Alain Badiou writes fiction and plays along with his philosophical works and that they are just as important to understanding his larger intellectual project. In Ahmed the Philosopher, Badiou's most entertaining and accessible play, translated into English here for the first time, readers are introduced to Badiou's philosophy through a theatrical tour de force that has met with much success in France.

Ahmed the Philosopher presents its comic hero, the 'treacherous servant' Ahmed, as a seductively trenchant philosopher even as it casts philosophy itself as a comic performance. The comedy unfolds as a series of lessons, with each 'short play' or sketch illuminating a different Badiousian concept. Yet Ahmed does more than illustrate philosophical abstractions; he embodies and vivifies the theatrical and performative aspects of philosophy, mobilizing a comic energy that exposes the emptiness and pomp of the world. Through his example, the audience is moved to a living engagement with philosophy, discovering in it the power to break through the limits of everyday life.

Columbia UP, 2014, pap, 216 pp, € 24.50, 9780231166935
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Balaguer, Mark
Free Will
In our daily life, it really seems as though we have free will, that what we do from moment to moment is determined by conscious decisions that we freely make. You get up from the couch, you go for a walk, you eat chocolate ice cream. It seems that we're in control of actions like these; if we are, then we have free will. But in recent years, some have argued that free will is an illusion. The neuroscientist (and best-selling author) Sam Harris and the late Harvard psychologist Daniel Wegner, for example, claim that certain scientific findings disprove free will. In this engaging and accessible volume in the Essential Knowledge series, the philosopher Mark Balaguer examines the various arguments and experiments that have been cited to support the claim that human beings don't have free will. He finds them to be overstated and misguided.

Balaguer discusses determinism, the view that every physical event is predetermined, or completely caused by prior events. He describes several philosophical and scientific arguments against free will, including one based on Benjamin Libet's famous neuroscientific experiments, which allegedly show that our conscious decisions are caused by neural events that occur before we choose. He considers various religious and philosophical views, including the philosophical pro-free-will view known as compatibilism. Balaguer concludes that the anti-free-will arguments put forward by philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists simply don't work. They don't provide any good reason to doubt the existence of free will. But, he cautions, this doesn't necessarily mean that we have free will. The question of whether we have free will remains an open one; we simply don't know enough about the brain to answer it definitively.

MIT Press Essential Knowledge, MIT Press, 2014, pap, 160 pp, € 15.00, 9780262525794
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Butler, Judith, Jurgen Habermas, Charles Taylor,Cornel West
De kracht van religie in de openbare sfeer
geredigeerd door en met een inleiding van Eduardo Mendieta en Jonathan VanAntwerpen

Is religie nodig om een samenleving te bouwen? Hoeveel religie verdraagt onze samenleving? Hoe neutraal moet de samenleving zijn? Met de secularisering van onze christelijke gewesten deed de islam zijn intrede. Waar religie amper nog een rol speelde in onze samenleving staat de verhouding tussen kerk en staat weer centraal in het maatschappelijk debat. De kracht van religie in de openbare sfeer bundelt essays en interviews van belangrijke filosofen over deze actueel en alomtegenwoordige probleemstelling, onder wie Jurgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Judith Butler, Cornel West, Eduardo Mendieta en Jonathan VanAntwerpen.

Met een nawoord van Craig Calhoun en een woord vooraf van Guido Vanheeswijck.

Klement, 2014, pap, 170 pp, € 19.50, 9789086871308
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Derrida, Jacques
The Death Penalty, Volume I
In this newest installment in Chicago's series of Jacques Derrida's seminars, the renowned philosopher attempts one of his most ambitious goals: the first truly philosophical argument against the death penalty. While much has been written against the death penalty, Derrida contends that Western philosophy is massively, if not always overtly, complicit with a logic in which a sovereign state has the right to take a life. Haunted by this notion, he turns to the key places where such logic has been established-and to the place it has been most effectively challenged: literature.

With his signature genius and patient yet dazzling readings of an impressive breadth of texts, Derrida examines everything from the Bible to Plato to Camus to Jean Genet, with special attention to Kant and post-World War II juridical texts, to draw the landscape of death penalty discourses. Keeping clearly in view the death rows and execution chambers of the United States, he shows how arguments surrounding cruel and unusual punishment depend on what he calls an 'anesthesial logic', which has also driven the development of death penalty technology from the French guillotine to lethal injection. Confronting a demand for philosophical rigor, he pursues provocative analyses of the shortcomings of abolitionist discourse. Above all, he argues that the death penalty and its attendant technologies are products of a desire to put an end to one of the most fundamental qualities of our finite existence: the radical uncertainty of when we will die.

The Seminars of Jacques Derrida, Chicago UP, 2014, geb, 287 pp, € 34.75, 9780226144320
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Eagleton, Terry
Culture and the Death of God
How to live in a supposedly faithless world threatened by religious fundamentalism? Terry Eagleton, formidable thinker and renowned cultural critic, investigates in this thought-provoking book the contradictions, difficulties, and significance of the modern search for a replacement for God. Engaging with a phenomenally wide range of ideas, issues, and thinkers from the Enlightenment to today, Eagleton discusses the state of religion before and after 9/11, the ironies surrounding Western capitalism's part in spawning not only secularism but also fundamentalism, and the unsatisfactory surrogates for the Almighty invented in the post-Enlightenment era.

The author reflects on the unique capacities of religion, the possibilities of culture and art as modern paths to salvation, the so-called war on terror's impact on atheism, and a host of other topics of concern to those who envision a future in which just and compassionate communities thrive. Lucid, stylish, and entertaining in his usual manner, Eagleton presents a brilliant survey of modern thought that also serves as a timely, urgently needed intervention into our perilous political present.

Terry Eagleton is Distinguished Professor of Literature, University of Lancaster, and Excellence in English Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Notre Dame. He lives in Northern Ireland, UK.

Yale UP, 2014, geb, 234 pp, € 27.50, 9780300203998
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Lenoir, Frederic
Handleiding voor een evenwichtige geest en een kalm gemoed
Midprice-editie

Van al mijn filosofische en spirituele boeken is dit het meest toegankelijke, en waarschijnlijk ook het nuttigste, aldus Frederic Lenoir. Hij laat niet alleen de levenslessen van grote denkers als Confucius, Aristoteles, Spinoza en Montaigne de revue passeren. Hij beschrijft ook hoe hij zelf geworsteld heeft met het ware, het goede en het schone. 'Ons levenspad bestaat uit de overgang van onwetendheid naar kennis, van angst naar liefde.'

Ten Have, 2014, pap, 192 pp, € 15.00, 9789025904029
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Miller, Elaine P.
Head Cases: Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times
While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to unblock important sources of meaning. She also appreciates the process through which creative acts counteract and transform feelings of violence and depression.

Reviewing Kristeva's corpus, Elaine P. Miller considers the intellectual's 'aesthetic idea' and 'thought specular' in their capacity to reshape depressive thought on both the individual and cultural level. She revisits Kristeva's reading of Walter Benjamin with reference to melancholic art and the imagination's allegorical structure; her analysis of Byzantine iconoclasm in relation to Freud's psychoanalytic theory of negation and Hegel's dialectical negativity; her understanding of Proust as an exemplary practitioner of sublimation; her rereading of Kant and Arendt in terms of art as an intentional lingering with foreignness; and her argument that forgiveness is both a philosophical and psychoanalytic method of transcending a 'stuck' existence. Focusing on specific artworks that illustrate Kristeva's ideas, from ancient Greek tragedy to early photography, contemporary installation art, and film, Miller positions creative acts as a form of 'spiritual inoculation' against the violence of our society and its discouragement of thought and reflection.

Columbia UP, 2014, geb, 264 pp, € 38.95, 9780231166829
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Moati, Raoul
Derrida/Searle: Deconstruction and Ordinary Language
Raoul Moati intervenes in the critical debate that divided two prominent philosophers in the mid-twentieth century. In the 1950s, the British philosopher J. L. Austin advanced a theory of speech acts, or the 'performative', that Jacques Derrida and John R. Searle interpreted in fundamentally different ways. Their disagreement centered on the issue of intentionality, which Derrida understood phenomenologically and Searle read pragmatically. The controversy had profound implications for the development of contemporary philosophy, which, Moati argues, can profit greatly by returning to this classic debate.

In this book, Moati systematically replays the historical encounter between Austin, Derrida, and Searle and the disruption that caused the lasting break between Anglo-American language philosophy and continental traditions of phenomenology and its deconstruction. The key issue, Moati argues, is not whether 'intentionality', a concept derived from Husserl's phenomenology, can or cannot be linked to Austin's speech-acts as defined in his groundbreaking How to Do Things with Words, but rather the emphasis Searle placed on the performativity and determined pragmatic values of Austin's speech-acts, whereas Derrida insisted on the trace of writing behind every act of speech and the iterability of signs in different contexts.

Raoul Moati is a French philosopher and an assistant professor of continental philosophy at the University of Chicago.

Columbia UP, 2014, pap, 160 pp, € 21.00, 9780231166713
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95.0 Filosofie algemeen N-Z

Russell, Bertrand, Gregory H. Moore (ed)
The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, Volume 5: Toward Principia Mathematica, 1905-08
This volume of Bertrand Russell's Collected Papers finds Russell focused on writing Principia Mathematica during 1905-08. Eight previously unpublished papers shed light on his different versions of a substitutional theory of logic, with its elimination of classes and relations, during 1905-06. A recurring issue for him was whether a type hierarchy had to be part of a substitutional theory. In mid-1907 he began writing up the final version of Principia, now using a ramified theory of types, and eleven unpublished drafts from 1907-08 deal with this. Numerous letters show his thoughts on the process.

The volume's 80-page introduction covers the evolution of his logic from 1896 until 1909, when volume I of Principia went to the printer.

The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, Routledge, 2014, geb, 954 pp, € 269.50, 9780415820981
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Taylor, Charles
Dilemmas and Connections. Selected Essays
There are, always, more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in one's philosophy - and in these essays Charles Taylor turns to those things not fully imagined or avenues not wholly explored in his epochal A Secular Age. Here Taylor talks in detail about thinkers who are his allies and interlocutors, such as Iris Murdoch, Alasdair MacIntyre, Robert Brandom, and Paul Celan. He offers major contributions to social theory, expanding on the issues of nationalism, democratic exclusionism, religious mobilizations, and modernity. And he delves even more deeply into themes taken up in A Secular Age: the continuity of religion from the past into the future; the nature of the secular; the folly of hoping to live by 'reason alone'; and the perils of moralism. He also speculates on how irrationality emerges from the heart of rationality itself, and why violence breaks out again and again.

In A Secular Age, Taylor more evidently foregrounded his Catholic faith, and there are several essays here that further explore that faith. Overall, this is a hopeful book, showing how, while acknowledging the force of religion and the persistence of violence and folly, we nonetheless have the power to move forward once we have given up the brittle pretensions of a narrow rationalism.

Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 2014, pap, 414 pp, € 24.95, 9780674284364
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Zizek, Slavoj
Zizek's Jokes (Did you hear the one about Hegel and negation?)
The good news is that this book offers an entertaining but enlightening compilation of Zizekisms. Unlike any other book by Slavoj Zizek, this compact arrangement of jokes culled from his writings provides an index to certain philosophical, political, and sexual themes that preoccupy him. Zizek's Jokes contains the set-ups and punch lines - as well as the offenses and insults - that Zizek is famous for, all in less than 200 pages.

So what's the bad news? There is no bad news. There's just the inimitable Slavoj Zizek, disguised as an impossibly erudite, politically incorrect uncle, beginning a sentence, 'There is an old Jewish joke, loved by Derrida...'

For Zizek, jokes are amusing stories that offer a shortcut to philosophical insight. He illustrates the logic of the Hegelian triad, for example, with three variations of the 'Not tonight, dear, I have a headache' classic: first the wife claims a migraine; then the husband does; then the wife exclaims, 'Darling, I have a terrible migraine, so let's have some sex to refresh me!'
A punch line about a beer bottle provides a Lacanian lesson about one signifier. And a 'truly obscene' version of the famous 'aristocrats' joke has the family offering a short course in Hegelian thought rather than a display of unspeakables.

Zizek's Jokes contains every joke cited, paraphrased, or narrated in Zizek's work in English (including some in unpublished manuscripts), including different versions of the same joke that make different points in different contexts. The larger point being that comedy is central to Zizek's seriousness.

MIT Press, 2014, geb, 168 pp, € 19.50, 9780262026710
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99.0 Kunst

   
Grebe, Anja
Het Vaticaan, alle schilderijen
Verschijnt augustus 2014, intekenprijs: eur 55,- voor verschijnen ( daarna 69.95)

De complete collectie oude meesters plus meer dan 300 beelden, kaarten, wandkleden en relikwieen.

Kok, 2014, geb in cassette, ca 512 pp, € 55.00, 9789043523189
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99.12 Film en Letteren

Goud, Johan (red)
Het leven volgens Oek de Jong. Terug naar een naaktheid
Verschijnt 9 sept 2014

Oek de Jong is de schrijver van een klein maar hoogwaardig oeuvre, waaronder de succesvolle romans Opwaaiende zomerjurken, Cirkel in het gras, Hokwerda's kind en Pier en Oceaan.

'Ik verlang van een roman dat hij door zijn verhaal en door de kracht van zijn vormgeving, door wat hij is, terugleidt naar iets dat, tja, moeilijk te benoemen is en dat ik maar een naaktheid noem, een echtheid', zei Oek de Jong ooit over de roman.

Dit boek is gewijd aan een levensbeschouwelijke lectuur van zijn werk, waarbij literaire, filosofische en religieuze aspecten aan de orde komen. Met essays van NRC-redacteurs en neerlandici Elsbeth Etty en Marjoleine de Vos, neerlandici Jaap Goedegebuure en Wilbert Smulders, literatuurwetenschappers Henk Hillenaar en Tjerk de Reus, theologen Inigo Bocken, Johan Goud en Kees van der Kooi, en filosofen Marc De Kesel, Renee van Riessen en Jacques De Visscher.

De overige delen in deze reeks vindt u via deze link

Reeks Het leven volgens, Klement, 2014, pap, 235 pp, € 20.95, 9789086871261
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