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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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1.4.1.3 Lucas

Riemersma, Nico A. (red)
Lucas en Handelingen
Dit deel van de ACEBT-serie is in de ogen van de ACEBT-redactie niet minder dan een doorbraak. In de bijna dertigjarige geschiedenis van onze uitgave is weliswaar ook over teksten uit het Nieuwe Testament gepubliceerd, maar dat 'ook' moet u vooral secundair opvatten: 'het Oude Testament was nummer een, de joodse traditie nummer twee en het Nieuwe Testament was er ook nog'. Dat is met deze uitgave geschiedenis. We hebben in Nico Riemersma een gastredacteur gevonden die u meeneemt in de wereld van het Evangelie naar Lucas en de Handelingen der Apostelen. Riemersma heeft zich van zijn taak met voorbeeldige inzet en acribie gekweten. Het Lucas-cahier valt op door een brede en veelzijdige opzet. Riemersma wist dan ook niet de minsten te verleiden tot het schrijven van een bijdrage. Zo tekenen voor ACEBT 29 - in volgorde van opname in deze bundel - Adelbert Denaux, Huub Welzen, Magda Misset-van de Weg, Riemer Roukema, Albert Hogeterp, Bart J. Koet, Nico Riemersma, Arie W. Zwiep, Jean Bastiaens, Joke Brinkhof, Barend F. Drewes, Sijbolt Noorda en Martinus C. de Boer.
Amsterdamse Cahiers voor Exegese van de Bijbel en zijn Tradities ACEBT 29, 2VM, 2014, pap, 173 pp, € 23.95, 9789490393434
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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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Wieser, Veronika, Christian Zolles, Martin Zolles, Catherine Feik, Leopold Schlondorff (Hg.)
Abendlandische Apokalyptik. Kompendium zur Genealogie der Endzeit
Die Autorinnen und Autoren untersuchen in ihren Beitragen europaische Endzeit- und Untergangsvorstellungen von der Spatantike bis hinein ins 21. Jahrhundert, welche lange Zeit uber in Anlehnung an die biblischen Apokalypsen und allen voran an die neutestamentliche Johannes-Offenbarung entstanden. Das Hauptaugenmerk liegt auf den dahinter auszumachenden sozialen Dynamiken und diskursiven und medialen Faktoren, die gerade auch in End-Setzungen grundlegende identitatsstiftende, einheits- und gemeinschaftsbildende Funktionen erkennen lassen. Der kulturwissenschaftlich ausgerichtete und unter diesem Blickwinkel ausfuhrlich eingeleitete Band unterteilt sich in drei die Moderne und drei die Fruhe Neuzeit und das Mittelalter behandelnde Abschnitte mit den Schwerpunkten: Allmachtsformen, Medienregulative, Denken der Kontingenz, typologische Schemata, Differenz und Gemeinsinn und Zeithorizonte.
Kulturgeschichte der Apokalypse, Bd 1, Akademie Verlag, 2013, geb, 739 pp, € 139.50, 9783050057972
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2.1.0 Geschiedenis Antieken ( Antieke Godsdiensten/ Mythologie/ Letteren)

Haas, F. de
Plato
De hele geschiedenis van de filosofie is niet meer dan een voetnoot bij Plato. Met zijn leraar Sokrates en zijn leerling Aristoteles behoorde Plato (427-347 voor Chr.) tot de grote drie van het klassieke denken. In dit college behandelt Frans de Haas niet alleen de persoon Plato en de door hem opgerichte Atheense Academie, het eerste instituut voor hoger onderwijs in de westerse cultuur, maar gaat hij ook uitgebreid in op Plato's opvattingen over de ziel, de politiek, vriendschap en liefde en hoe deze zich verspreidden in de westerse cultuur. Vooral de Ideeenleer bleek invloedrijk.

Prof.dr. Frans A.J. de Haas (1963) studeerde klassieke talen in Leiden, waar hij ook het doctoraat behaalde in de Antieke Wijsbegeerte. Hij werkte een jaar als gast onderzoeker aan het Institute of Classical Studies (London) op een beurs van de Niels Stensen Stichting. Sinds 2003 is hij hoogleraar in de Antieke- en Middeleeuwse Wijsbegeerte aan de Universiteit Leiden.

Verschijnt mei 2014

Sprekende Denkers, ISVW Uitgevers, 2012, CD, nvt, € 49.95, 9789491224171
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Scott, Michael
Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World
The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the 'omphalos' - the 'center' or 'navel' - of the ancient world for more than 1000 years. Individuals, city leaders, and kings came from all over the Mediterranean and beyond to consult Delphi's oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods in gold, ivory, bronze, marble, and stone; and to take part in athletic and musical competitions. This book provides the first comprehensive narrative history of this extraordinary sanctuary and city, from its founding to its modern rediscovery, to show more clearly than ever before why Delphi was one of the most important places in the ancient world for so long.

In this richly illustrated account, Michael Scott covers the whole history and nature of Delphi, from the literary and archaeological evidence surrounding the site, to its rise as a center of worship with a wide variety of religious practices, to the constant appeal of the oracle despite her cryptic prophecies. He describes how Delphi became a contested sacred site for Greeks and Romans and a storehouse for the treasures of rival city-states and foreign kings. He also examines the eventual decline of the site and how its meaning and importance have continued to be reshaped right up to the present. Finally, for the modern visitor to Delphi, he includes a brief guide that highlights key things to see and little-known treasures.

Michael Scott is assistant professor of classics and ancient history at the University of Warwick. His books include From Democrats to Kings: The Brutal Dawn of a New World from the Downfall of Athens to the Rise of Alexander the Great (Overlook). He has also written and presented a number of ancient history documentaries for National Geographic, the History channel, Nova, and the BBC, including one on Delphi.

Princeton UP, 2014, geb, 440 pp, € 28.50, 9780691150819
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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

Fredriksen, Paula
Sin: The Early History of an Idea
Ancient Christians invoked sin to account for an astonishing range of things, from the death of God's son to the politics of the Roman Empire that worshipped him. In this book, award-winning historian of religion Paula Fredriksen tells the surprising story of early Christian concepts of sin, exploring the ways that sin came to shape ideas about God no less than about humanity. Long before Christianity, of course, cultures had articulated the idea that human wrongdoing violated relations with the divine. But "Sin" tells how, in the fevered atmosphere of the four centuries between Jesus and Augustine, singular new Christian ideas about sin emerged in rapid and vigorous variety, including the momentous shift from the belief that sin is something one does to something that one is born into. As the original defining circumstances of their movement quickly collapsed, early Christians were left to debate the causes, manifestations, and remedies of sin. This is a powerful and original account of the early history of an idea that has centrally shaped Christianity and left a deep impression on the secular world as well.

Paula Fredriksen is the author of Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, which won the National Jewish Book Award. She is also the author of Augustine and the Jews and From Jesus to Christ. The Aurelio Professor Emerita at Boston University, she now teaches as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Princeton UP, 2014, pap, 208 pp, € 17.95, 9780691160900
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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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Schafer, Peter
The Jewish Jesus: How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other
In late antiquity, as Christianity emerged from Judaism, it was not only the new religion that was being influenced by the old. The rise and revolutionary challenge of Christianity also had a profound influence on rabbinic Judaism, which was itself just emerging and, like Christianity, trying to shape its own identity.

In The Jewish Jesus, Peter Schafer reveals the crucial ways in which various Jewish heresies, including Christianity, affected the development of rabbinic Judaism. He even shows that some of the ideas that the rabbis appropriated from Christianity were actually reappropriated Jewish ideas. The result is a demonstration of the deep mutual influence between the sister religions, one that calls into question hard and fast distinctions between orthodoxy and heresy, and even Judaism and Christianity, during the first centuries CE.

Peter Schafer is the Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and professor of religion at Princeton University, where he directs the Program in Judaic Studies. His books include The Origins of Jewish Mysticism and Jesus in the Talmud (both Princeton). He received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2007.

Princeton UP, 2014, pap, 368 pp, € 24.50, 9780691160955
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2.1.2.0 Geschiedenis Patristiek / 3e - 6e eeuw

Augustine, Aurelius, Carolyn J.-B. Hammond (ed. and transl.)
Confessions, Volume I Books 1-8
Aurelius Augustine (354-430 CE), one of the most important figures in the development of western Christianity and philosophy, was the son of a pagan, Patricius of Tagaste, and his Christian wife, Monnica. While studying to become a rhetorician, he plunged into a turmoil of philosophical and psychological doubts, leading him to Manichaeism. In 383 he moved to Rome and then Milan to teach rhetoric. Despite exploring classical philosophical systems, especially skepticism and neoplatonism, his studies of Paul's letters with his friend Alypius, and the preaching of Bishop Ambrose, led in 386 to his momentous conversion from mixed beliefs to Christianity. He soon returned to Tagaste and founded a religious community, and in 395 or 396 became Bishop of Hippo.

Confessions, composed ca. 397, is a spiritual autobiography of Augustine's early life, family, personal and intellectual associations, and explorations of alternative religious and theological viewpoints as he moved toward his conversion. Cast as a prayer addressed to God, though always conscious of its readers, Confessions offers a gripping personal story and a philosophical exploration destined to have broad and lasting impact, all delivered with Augustine's characteristic brilliance as a stylist.

This edition replaces the earlier Loeb Classical Library edition of Confessions by William Watts.

Loeb Classical Library 26, Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 480 pp, € 24.50, 9780674996854
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Brown, Peter
Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD
Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity.

Peter Brown examines the rise of the church through the lens of money and the challenges it posed to an institution that espoused the virtue of poverty and called avarice the root of all evil. Drawing on the writings of major Christian thinkers such as Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, Brown examines the controversies and changing attitudes toward money caused by the influx of new wealth into church coffers, and describes the spectacular acts of divestment by rich donors and their growing influence in an empire beset with crisis. He shows how the use of wealth for the care of the poor competed with older forms of philanthropy deeply rooted in the Roman world, and sheds light on the ordinary people who gave away their money in hopes of treasure in heaven.

Through the Eye of a Needle challenges the widely held notion that Christianity's growing wealth sapped Rome of its ability to resist the barbarian invasions, and offers a fresh perspective on the social history of the church in late antiquity.

Peter Brown is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. His many books include The World of Late Antiquity, The Rise of Western Christendom, and Augustine of Hippo.

Princeton UP, 2014, pap, 792 pp, € 24.50, 9780691161778
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Cameron, Averil
Dialoguing in Late Antiquity
Christians talked, debated, and wrote dialogues in late antiquity and on throughout Byzantium. Some were philosophical, others more literary, theological, or Platonic; Aristotle also came into the picture as time went on. Sometimes the written works claim to be records of actual public debates, and we know that many such debates did take place and continued to do so. Dialoguing in Late Antiquity takes up a challenge laid down by recent scholars who argue that a wall of silence came down in the fifth century AD, after which Christians did not 'dialogue'.

Averil Cameron now returns to questions raised in her book Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire (1991), drawing on the large repertoire of surviving Christian dialogue texts from late antiquity to make a forceful case for their centrality in Greek literature from the second century and the Second Sophistic onward. At the same time, Dialoguing in Late Antiquity points forward to the long and neglected history of dialogue in Byzantium. Throughout this study, Cameron engages with current literary approaches and is a powerful advocate for the greater integration of Christian texts by literary scholars and historians alike.

Hellenic Studies Series 65, Harvard UP, 2014, pap, 98 pp, € 21.75, 9780674428355
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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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Koet, Bart
Augustinus over diakens, zijn visie op het diakonaat
Het ambt van diaken wordt vaak verbonden met 'dienstbaar zijn', bij uitstek aan de armen. Maar wie de vroege kerk bestudeert, ontdekt dat diakens vooral 'verbinders' waren, bijvoorbeeld tussen de kerk en de wereld. Een diaken kon voor de armen zorgen maar ook voor de relatie met het hof. Leiderschap en leraar zijn behoorde eveneens tot zijn taken.

Het bisdom van de invloedrijke Augustinus van Hippo laat goed zien welke belangrijke rollen diakens speelden in de communicatie binnen de vroege kerk. Door alle teksten waarin Augustinus spreekt over het diakonaat na te gaan en te ordenen, neemt Bart Koet ons mee op een archeologische zoektocht door het 'world wide web' van Augustinus.

Het resultaat is een boek met frisse ideeen over vormen van leiderschap binnen de kerk, maar ook daarbuiten. Zo blijkt gevoel voor humor en het gebruik van de juiste communicatiemiddelen van groot belang voor succesvol leren. Een unieke inkijk in de vroege kerk.

Bart J. Koet is als hoogleraar Nieuw Testament en Vroegchristelijke Letterkunde verbonden aan de Tilburg School of Theology. Hij studeerde theologie en filosofie in Amsterdam en bijbelwetenschappen in Rome, en werkte lange tijd als geestelijk verzorger in de Bijlmerbajes. Ook is hij diaken van het bisdom Haarlem-Amsterdam.

Utrechtse studies, Parthenon, 2014, pap, € 24.90, 9789079578702
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Maximos the Confessor, Nicholas Constas ( ed. and transl.)
On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua, Volume I
Greek-English

Maximos the Confessor (580-662) occupies a unique position in the history of Byzantine philosophy, theology, and spirituality. His profound spiritual experiences and penetrating theological vision found complex and often astonishing expression in his unparalleled command of Greek philosophy, making him one of the most challenging and original Christian thinkers of all time. So thoroughly did his thought come to influence the Byzantine theological tradition that it is impossible to trace the subsequent history of Orthodox Christianity without knowledge of his work.

The Ambigua (or 'Book of Difficulties') is Maximos's greatest philosophical and doctrinal work, in which his daring originality, prodigious talent for speculative thinking, and analytical acumen are on lavish display. In the Ambigua, a broad range of theological topics - cosmology, anthropology, the philosophy of mind and language, allegory, asceticism, and metaphysics - are transformed in a synthesis of Aristotelian logic, Platonic metaphysics, Stoic psychology, and the arithmetical philosophy of a revived Pythagoreanism. The result is a labyrinthine map of the mind's journey to God that figured prominently in the Neoplatonic revival of the Komnenian Renaissance and the Hesychast Controversies of the Late Byzantine period.

This remarkable work has never before been available in a critically-based edition or English translation.

Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Dumbarton Oaks Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 544 pp, € 28.50, 9780674726666
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Maximos the Confessor, Nicholas Constas ( ed. and transl.)
On Difficulties in the Church Fathers: The Ambigua, Volume II
Greek-English

Maximos the Confessor (580-662) occupies a unique position in the history of Byzantine philosophy, theology, and spirituality. His profound spiritual experiences and penetrating theological vision found complex and often astonishing expression in his unparalleled command of Greek philosophy, making him one of the most challenging and original Christian thinkers of all time. So thoroughly did his thought come to influence the Byzantine theological tradition that it is impossible to trace the subsequent history of Orthodox Christianity without knowledge of his work.

The Ambigua (or 'Book of Difficulties') is Maximos's greatest philosophical and doctrinal work, in which his daring originality, prodigious talent for speculative thinking, and analytical acumen are on lavish display. In the Ambigua, a broad range of theological topics - cosmology, anthropology, the philosophy of mind and language, allegory, asceticism, and metaphysics - are transformed in a synthesis of Aristotelian logic, Platonic metaphysics, Stoic psychology, and the arithmetical philosophy of a revived Pythagoreanism. The result is a labyrinthine map of the mind's journey to God that figured prominently in the Neoplatonic revival of the Komnenian Renaissance and the Hesychast Controversies of the Late Byzantine period.

This remarkable work has never before been available in a critically-based edition or English translation.

Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Dumbarton Oaks Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 400 pp, € 28.50, 9780674730830
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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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Cameron, Averil
Byzantine Matters
For many of us, Byzantium remains 'byzantine' - obscure, marginal, difficult. Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization, often reducing it to a poor relation of Rome and the rest of the classical world. In this book, renowned historian Averil Cameron presents an original and personal view of the challenges and questions facing historians of Byzantium today.

The book explores five major themes, all subjects of controversy. 'Absence' asks why Byzantium is routinely passed over, ignored, or relegated to a sphere of its own. 'Empire' reinserts Byzantium into modern debates about empire, and discusses the nature of its system and its remarkable longevity. 'Hellenism' confronts the question of the 'Greekness' of Byzantium, and of the place of Byzantium in modern Greek consciousness. 'The Realms of Gold' asks what lessons can be drawn from Byzantine visual art, and 'The Very Model of Orthodoxy' challenges existing views of Byzantine Christianity.

Throughout, the book addresses misconceptions about Byzantium, suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilization into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods. The result is a forthright and compelling call to reconsider the place of Byzantium in Western history and imagination.

Averil Cameron is professor emeritus of late antique and Byzantine history at the University of Oxford and former warden of Keble College, Oxford. Her books include The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, The Byzantines, and The Later Roman Empire.

Princeton UP, 2014, geb, 184 pp, € 23.25, 9780691157634
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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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Hadewijch, Fraeters, V. / Willaert, F. (red)
Hadewijch - Visioenen
prijs onder voorbehoud, publicatie verwacht september 2014
Hadewijch verzameld werk 2, Historische Uitgeverij, 2014, geb, € 35.00, 9789065544889
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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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Henry of Avranches, David Townsend (ed and transl.)
Saints' Lives, Volume I
The artistry, wit, and erudition of medieval Latin narrative poetry continued to thrive well into the middle of the thirteenth century. No better evidence of this survives than in the long and brilliantly successful career of Henry of Avranches (d. 1262). Professional versifier to abbots, bishops, kings, and at least one pope, Henry displays a pyrotechnical verbal skill and playfulness that rivals that of the Carmina Burana and similar collections of rhymed secular verse. Yet he also stands as self-conscious heir to the great classicizing tradition of the twelfth-century epic poets, above all of Walter of Chatillon. Henry entwines these two strands of his literary inheritance in what might surprise modern readers as an improbable genre.

The bulk of Henry's known output is a series of versified saints' lives, including those of Francis of Assisi, King Edmund, and Thomas Becket, nearly all of which are based on identified prose models. These two volumes present most of his work in the genre, as witnessed in the English manuscript that remains the linchpin of our knowledge of this remarkable poet's career.

Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Dumbarton Oaks Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 352 pp, € 28.50, 9780674051287
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Henry of Avranches, David Townsend (ed and transl.)
Saints' Lives, Volume II
The artistry, wit, and erudition of medieval Latin narrative poetry continued to thrive well into the middle of the thirteenth century. No better evidence of this survives than in the long and brilliantly successful career of Henry of Avranches (d. 1262). Professional versifier to abbots, bishops, kings, and at least one pope, Henry displays a pyrotechnical verbal skill and playfulness that rivals that of the Carmina Burana and similar collections of rhymed secular verse. Yet he also stands as self-conscious heir to the great classicizing tradition of the twelfth-century epic poets, above all of Walter of Chatillon. Henry entwines these two strands of his literary inheritance in what might surprise modern readers as an improbable genre.

The bulk of Henry's known output is a series of versified saints' lives, including those of Francis of Assisi, King Edmund, and Thomas Becket, nearly all of which are based on identified prose models. These two volumes present most of his work in the genre, as witnessed in the English manuscript that remains the linchpin of our knowledge of this remarkable poet's career.

Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Dumbarton Oaks Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 304 pp, € 28.50, 9780674051287
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Le Goff, Jacques, Lydia G. Cochrane (transl)
In Search of Sacred Time: Jacobus de Voragine and The Golden Legend
It is impossible to understand the late Middle Ages without grasping the importance of The Golden Legend, the most popular medieval collection of saints' lives. Assembled for clerical use in the thirteenth century by Genoese archbishop Jacobus de Voragine, the book became the medieval equivalent of a best seller. By 1500, there were more copies of it in circulation than there were of the Bible itself. Priests drew on The Golden Legend for their sermons, the faithful used it for devotion and piety, and artists and writers mined it endlessly in their works. In Search of Sacred Time is the first comprehensive history and interpretation of this crucial book. Jacques Le Goff, one of the world's most renowned medievalists, provides a lucid, compelling, and unparalleled account of why and how The Golden Legend exerted such a profound influence on medieval life.

In Search of Sacred Time explains how The Golden Legend - an encyclopedic work that followed the course of the liturgical calendar and recounted the life of the saint for each feast day - worked its way into the fabric of medieval life. Le Goff describes how this ambitious book was carefully crafted to give sense and shape to the Christian year, underscoring its meaning and drama through the stories of saints, miracles, and martyrdoms. Ultimately, Le Goff argues, The Golden Legend influenced how medieval Christians perceived the passage of time, Christianizing time itself and reconciling human and divine temporality.

Jacques Le Goff is a world-renowned historian of the Middle Ages. His many books include Medieval Civilization, The Birth of Europe, and The Medieval Imagination.

Princeton UP, 2014, pap, 232 pp, € 28.50, 9780691156453
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McGinn,Bernard
Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae: A Biography
This concise book tells the story of the most important theological work of the Middle Ages, the vast Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, which holds a unique place in Western religion and philosophy. Written between 1266 and 1273, the Summa was conceived by Aquinas as an instructional guide for teachers and novices and a compendium of all the approved teachings of the Catholic Church. It synthesizes an astonishing range of scholarship, covering hundreds of topics and containing more than a million and a half words - and was still unfinished at the time of Aquinas's death.

Here, Bernard McGinn, one of today's most acclaimed scholars of medieval Christianity, vividly describes the world that shaped Aquinas, then turns to the Dominican friar's life and career, examining Aquinas's reasons for writing his masterpiece, its subject matter, and the novel way he organized it. McGinn gives readers a brief tour of the Summa itself, and then discusses its reception over the past seven hundred years. He looks at the influence of the Summa on such giants of medieval Christendom as Meister Eckhart, its ridicule during the Enlightenment, the rise and fall of Neothomism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the role of the Summa in the post-Vatican II church, and the book's enduring relevance today.

Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. His many books include Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil and The Presence of God, a multivolume history of Western Christian mysticism.

Lives of Great Religious Books Series, Princeton UP, 2014, geb, 272 pp, € 24.50, 9781400850068
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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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Salutati, Coluccio (transl. Tina Marshall, introd. Ronald G. Witt)
On the World and Religious Life
On the World and Religious Life (c. 1381) is the first surviving treatise of Coluccio Salutati (1332-1406), chancellor of the Florentine Republic (1375-1406) and the leader of the humanist movement in Italy in the generation after Petrarch and Boccaccio. The work was written for a lawyer who had left secular life to enter the Camaldulensian monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli, located in the heart of Florence. The new monk prevailed on Salutati to write a treatise encouraging him to persevere in the religious life. His request led to this wide-ranging reflection on humanity's misuse of God's creation and the need to orient human life in accordance with a proper hierarchy of values.

This work is here translated into English for the first time.

The I Tatti Renaissance Library 62, Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 416 pp, € 28.50, 9780674055148
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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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2.4 Geschiedenis Modern 17e - 21e eeuw

   
Bank
Voorwaarts en niet vergeten, collectief en individu in het 20ste-eeuwse Nederland 1914-2000
verwacht september 2014
Algemene geschiedenis van Nederland 7, Bert Bakker, 2013, geb, € 30.00, 9789035127784
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3.0.0 Systematische Theologie

Dicou, Bert (red)
Goddeeltjes
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 door theologen uit de remonstrantse traditie. Telkens afgesloten met een deel waarin de auteurs persoonlijk bevraagd worden op hun inspiratie en drijfveren door Antje van der Hoek.

Christa Anbeek: Toekomst
Christiane Berkvens-Stevelinck: Mens
Bert Dicou: Jezus
Koen Holtzapffel: God
Foeke Knoppers: Geest
Peter Nissen: Kerk

Christa Anbeek is bijzonder hoogleraar remontrantse theologie aan het Remonstrants Seminarium (VU) en docent aan de Universiteit voor Humanistiek in Utrecht.
Christiane Berkvens-Stevelinck is predikant in de remonstrantse gemeente Rotterdam en emeritus hoogleraar Europese cultuur
Bert Dicou is predikant in de doopsgezinde-remonstrantse gemeente Hoorn en directeur van het Arminius Instituut (VU).
Koen Holtzapffel is predikant in de remonstrantse gemeente Rotterdam en voorzitter van het convent van remonstrantse predikanten.
Foeke Knoppers is predikant in de remonstrantse gemeente Twente.
Peter Nissen is hoogleraar spiritualiteitsstudies aan de Radboud Unviversiteit Nijmegen en vertegenwoordiger van de remonstranten bij de Raad van Kerken in Nederland.

Meinema, 2014, pap, 646 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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Wannenwetsch, Bernd
Verlangen. Een theologische peiling
Loop eens door een winkelstraat, blader door een damesblad of luister op een verjaardag naar stoere verhalen over nieuwe banen, huizen en auto's. Steevast raken zulke situaties ons, omdat ze appelleren aan diepe, soms onuitgesproken verlangens naar status, succes of comfort. Wat zou uit christelijk perspectief over zulke verlangens te zeggen zijn? In dit originele boek brengt Bernd Wannenwetsch klassieke theologische stemmen (Augustinus, Luther) in gesprek met managementgoeroes, reality soaps en shopping malls. Krachtig roept hij de kerk in West-Europa op een tegenwicht te bieden aan de kapitalistische exploitatie van begeerte. Het christelijk geloof, stelt Wannenwetsch, is niet primair een zaak van opvattingen en levensstijl, maar van verlangen en vertrouwen.
Boekencentrum, 2014, pap, 144 pp, € 14.90, 9789023928089
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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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4.4.0 Kerkgenootschappen Protestantse Kerken

Kamphuis, Lammert
Vrijgemaakt? dertigers over het leven in een gereformeerde zuil
Opgroeien in de gereformeerd-vrijgemaakte kerk is geen sinecure. In Vrijgemaakt? spreken dertigers zich uit over hun jeugd in die wereld. Op de een of andere manier kunnen zij niet verder met die manier van leven en geloven. Geloven zij uberhaupt nog wel? En waarin dan? Boeiend en herkenbaar, over loskomen van je wortels en op de juiste manier verdergaan.

Lammert Kamphuis stelde dit boek samen uit gesprekken met vijftien dertigers die zich op een kruispunt bevinden: hun gereformeerd-vrijgemaakte jeugd ligt achter hen, de toekomst ligt open. Hoe vinden zij hun eigen weg?

Kok, 2014, pap, 160 pp, € 15.00, 9789043523400
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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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5.1.1.1 Levensloop - Ouderdom - Ouderenzorg

Driessen, Iny
Ongewild alleen
Altiora Averbode, 2014, pap, € 18.50, 9789031737949
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5.2 Ecclesiologie/ Gemeenteopbouw

Dekker, W. B. de Leede en A.Markus
Tijd om mee te gaan. Over discipelschap vandaag
Boekencentrum, 2014, pap, 144 pp, € 14.90, 9789023928133
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5.6 Gebeden/ Meditaties/ Dagboeken

Jansen, Mechteld, Plaisier, Arjan e.a.
Een druppel jou.Gebeden
Een uniek gebedenboek met bijdragen uit de breedte van kerkelijk Nederland.

Als we bidden geven we uiting aan onze intieme gevoelens. In deze bundel laten meer dan vijftig mensen zien welke woorden zij kiezen bij het aanspreken van God. Onder hen zijn hoogleraren, bisschoppen, dominees en priesters. Ze schrijven over geloof, over het leven, doen voorbeden en spreken hun verwondering uit. De gebeden zijn ingedeeld naar vijf thema's: geloven, leven, kyrie, voorbeden en momenten. Met bijdragen van o.a. Mechteld Jansen, Arjan Plaisier, Gerard de Korte en Lenze Bouwers.

Boekencentrum, 2014, pap, 120, € 9.90, 9789023928485
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5.8 Spiritualiteit / Bedevaart

Madou, Mireille
Santiago, de Apostel en zijn Mirakelen, de wonderdaden van Sint-Jakob zoals verhaald in de Codex Calixtinus
Bij de levensverhalen van alle heiligen horen onafscheidelijk de vermeldingen van de wonderen en mirakelen door hun tussenkomst geschied. Het verhaal van de heilige Jacobus, Santiago, maakt daarop geen uitzondering. Integendeel, zijn mirakelen bekleden een belangrijke plaats in alle geschriften die over hem gaan. In de 12de-eeuwse Codex Calixtinus of Liber Sancti Jacobi is het tweede van de vijf 'boeken' tellende tekst zelfs volledig aan de mirakelverhalen gewijd. Hoewel zij gepubliceerd warden in het Latijn, en ook vertaal in het Frans en het Duits, werden ze in het Nederlands enkel in hoofdlijnen verteld. De lezer maakt kennis met de voornaamste wonderbare gebeurtenissen waarin Jacobus een hoofdrol speelde.

Mireille Madou is medeoprichter en erelid van het Nederlands Genootschap van Sint-Jacob.

Wbooks, 2014, pap, 144 pp, € 24.95, 9789462580329
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Rufin, Jean-Christophe
Compostella, voetreis naar het einde van de wereld
De Franse schrijver en academicus Jean-Christophe Rufin verbaasde zichzelf en zijn omgeving door naar Santiago de Compostella te stappen. 785 kilometer lang volgt hij de Chemin du Nord, een route die veel minder druk is dan de gebruikelijke pelgrimstocht. Maar waarom doet een mens dat? 'Telkens als iemand me die vraagt stelt, kan ik daar zeer moeilijk op antwoorden', schrijft Rufin. 'Ik ben gewoon vertrokken, dat is alles'.

De reis leidt hem langs de Baskische en Cantabrische kust, en over de wilde bergen van Asturie en Galicie. Maar hooggestemde heroiek is niet aan hem besteed. Rufin is een fijnzinnige observator van wat ons, mensen, beweegt. Zijn Compostella. Voetreis naar het einde van de wereld past in het rijtje van de grote literaire reisverhalen. Rufin schetst het ene amusante portret na het andere, filosofeert er ludiek op los, en oefent zich in zelfspot, humor en verwondering. Eens op reis, altijd op reis.

De Bezige Bij Antwerpen, 2014, pap, 256 pp, € 19.99, 9789085425748
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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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Bijbelse Dagkalender 2015
De Bijbelse Dagkalender is een uitstekend hulpmiddel bij een dagelijks meditatief moment of bij stille tijd. De meditaties zijn kort en puntig en zetten aan tot verder denken. Uitgangspunt is steeds een bijbelgedeelte, waarbij het bekende leesrooster 'Vandaag lezen wij...' van het Nederlands Bijbelgenootschap wordt gevolgd. Dankzij dit rooster komt elk jaar een groot deel van de Schrift aan de orde.Bovendien sluit het nauw aan bij het kerkelijk jaar.
Boekencentrum, 2014, pap, 240 pp, € 7.50, 9789023927570
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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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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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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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Oz, Amos, Fania Oz-Salzberger
Joden en woorden
Bezige Bij, 2014, geb, 272 pp, € 24.90, 9789023483663
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Suss, Rene
Sjabbat sjalom. Vijfentwintig droosjes bij de wekelijkse lezing uit de Tora, deels gehouden in Sjoel-West te Amsterdam
Uitgeverij SIEP, 2014, pap, 143 pp, € 15.00, 9789082182903
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8 Judaica Geschiedenis en Cultuur Vroegmodern en Modern

Petrovsky-Shtern, Yohanan
The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe
The shtetl was home to two-thirds of East Europe's Jews in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, yet it has long been one of the most neglected and misunderstood chapters of the Jewish experience. This book provides the first grassroots social, economic, and cultural history of the shtetl. Challenging popular misconceptions of the shtetl as an isolated, ramshackle Jewish village stricken by poverty and pogroms, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern argues that, in its heyday from the 1790s to the 1840s, the shtetl was a thriving Jewish community as vibrant as any in Europe.

Petrovsky-Shtern brings this golden age to life, looking at dozens of shtetls and drawing on a wealth of never-before-used archival material. The shtetl, in essence, was a Polish private town belonging to a Catholic magnate, administratively run by the tsarist empire, yet economically driven by Jews. Petrovsky-Shtern shows how its success hinged on its unique position in this triangle of power--as did its ultimate suppression. He reconstructs the rich social tapestry of these market towns, showing how Russian clerks put the shtetl on the empire's map, and chronicling how shtetl Jews traded widely, importing commodities from France, Austria, Prussia, and even the Ottoman Empire. Petrovsky-Shtern describes family life; dwellings, trading stalls, and taverns; books and religious life; and the bustling marketplace with its Polish gentry, Ukrainian peasants, and Russian policemen.

Illustrated throughout with rare archival photographs and artwork, this nuanced history casts the shtetl in an altogether new light, revealing how its golden age continues to shape the collective memory of the Jewish people today.

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies at Northwestern University. His books include Lenin's Jewish Question, The Anti-Imperial Choice: The Making of the Ukrainian Jew, and Jews in the Russian Army, 1827-1917: Drafted into Modernity.

Princeton UP, 2014, geb, 448 pp, € 28.50, 9780691160740
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Schama, Simon
De geschiedenis van de Joden, Deel 2: Het lot van de wereld, van 1492 tot nu
Verschijnt sept 2014

Dit is het boek dat Simon Schama altijd al heeft willen schrijven:'Possibly the greatest story ever told', een grootse geschiedenis van het Joodse volk in de geschiedenis van de wereld. Van Mozes tot psychoanalyse, van de Bijbel tot de Westelijke Jordaanoever, van de cultuur tot en met de wetenschap: op al deze terreinen zijn Joden van een beslissende invloed geweest op de ontwikkeling van de wereld. Zoals John Adams, de tweede president van de Verenigde Staten ooit schreef: 'De Joden hebben meer bijgedragen aan de beschaving van de mensheid dan willekeurig welk land'. Schama vertelt dit verhaal met de weidse blik die hem tot een van de beste historici van onze tijd maakt: een geschiedenis waarin schoonheid en gruwelen een even grote rol spelen.

Deel 1 reeds verschenen

Atlas Contact, 2014, geb, 480 pp, € 34.95, 9789045025445
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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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Sand, Shlomo
The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland
What is a homeland, and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest running national struggle of the twentieth century. The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand's account dissects the concept of "historical right" and tracks the creation of the modern geopolitical concept of the "Land of Israel" by nineteenth - century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel; it is also what is threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.
Verso, 2013, pap, 304 pp, € 16.75, 9781781680834
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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 Nederlands Jodendom

Wallet, Bart
Zeeburg. Geschiedenis van een joodse begraafplaats 1714-2014
In het Amsterdamse Stadsdeel Oost ligt verborgen tussen het Flevopark en de stedelijke bebouwing de grootste joodse begraafplaats van Nederland, tevens een van de grootste van West-Europa: Zeeburg. Vanaf 1714 was dit de laatste rustplaats voor de arme joodse bevolking van Amsterdam, veel kinderen en immigranten. De onbekende, drie eeuwen omspannende geschiedenis van Zeeburg wordt in dit boek voor het eerst verteld. Er wordt hierin zowel aandacht besteed aan de verhouding tot de Amsterdamse samenleving als aan de ontwikkeling van de joodse funeraire cultuur en religieuze riten. De geschiedenis van Zeeburg biedt vanuit een bijzondere invalshoek een beeld van de sociale geschiedenis van de Amsterdamse joden: de schrijnende armoede en de gapende kloof tussen arm en rijk. Portretten van een vijftiental begraven personen - van een Oost-Europese rabbijn tot een circusartiest - geven de verdwenen wereld van het arme deel van joods Amsterdam opnieuw gezicht.
Verloren, 2014, pap, 220 pp, € 19.00, 9789087044688
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8 Judaica Rabbinica

Balberg, Mira
Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literature
This book explores the ways in which the early rabbis reshaped biblical laws of ritual purity and impurity and argues that the rabbis' new purity discourse generated a unique notion of a bodily self. Focusing on the Mishnah, a Palestinian legal codex compiled around the turn of the third century CE, Mira Balberg shows how the rabbis constructed the processes of contracting, conveying, and managing ritual impurity as ways of negotiating the relations between one's self and one's body and, more broadly, the relations between one's self and one's human and nonhuman environments.

With their heightened emphasis on subjectivity, consciousness, and self-reflection, the rabbis reinvented biblically inherited language and practices in a way that resonated with central cultural concerns and intellectual commitments of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean world. Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literature adds a new dimension to the study of practices of self-making in antiquity by suggesting that not only philosophical exercises but also legal paradigms functioned as sites through which the self was shaped and improved.

California UP, 2014, geb, 262 pp, € 84.50, 9780520280632
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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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Vidas, Moulie
Tradition and the Formation of the Talmud
Tradition and the Formation of the Talmud offers a new perspective on perhaps the most important religious text of the Jewish tradition. It is widely recognized that the creators of the Talmud innovatively interpreted and changed the older traditions on which they drew. Nevertheless, it has been assumed that the ancient rabbis were committed to maintaining continuity with the past. Moulie Vidas argues on the contrary that structural features of the Talmud were designed to produce a discontinuity with tradition, and that this discontinuity was part and parcel of the rabbis' self-conception. Both this self-conception and these structural features were part of a debate within and beyond the Jewish community about the transmission of tradition.

Focusing on the Babylonian Talmud, produced in the rabbinic academies of late ancient Mesopotamia, Vidas analyzes key passages to show how the Talmud's creators contrasted their own voice with that of their predecessors. He also examines Zoroastrian, Christian, and mystical Jewish sources to reconstruct the debates and wide-ranging conversations that shaped the Talmud's literary and intellectual character.

Moulie Vidas is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion and the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University.

Princeton UP, 2014, geb, 256 pp, € 35.00, 9780691154862
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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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duBois, Page
A Million and One Gods. The Persistence of Polytheism
Many people worship not just one but many gods. Yet a relentless prejudice against polytheism denies legitimacy to some of the world's oldest and richest religious traditions. In her examination of polytheistic cultures both ancient and contemporary - those of Greece and Rome, the Bible and the Quran, as well as modern India - Page duBois refutes the idea that the worship of multiple gods naturally evolves over time into the 'higher' belief in a single deity. In A Million and One Gods, she shows that polytheism has endured intact for millennia even in the West, despite the many hidden ways that monotheistic thought continues to shape Western outlooks.

In English usage, the word 'polytheism' comes from the seventeenth-century writings of Samuel Purchas. It was pejorative from the beginning - a word to distinguish the belief system of backward peoples from the more theologically advanced religion of Protestant Christians. Today, when monotheistic fundamentalisms too often drive people to commit violent acts, polytheism remains a scandalous presence in societies still oriented according to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim beliefs. Even in the multicultural milieus of twenty-first-century America and Great Britain, polytheism finds itself marginalized. Yet it persists, perhaps because polytheism corresponds to unconscious needs and deeply held values of tolerance, diversity, and equality that are central to civilized societies.

Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 208 pp, € 32.50, 9780674728837
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Freriks, Kester, A.F.Th. van der Heijden, Oek de Jong et al.
Over god
Herdruk/verschijning onbekend, de uitgever beraadt zich

In deze heruitgave van deze oorspronkelijk in 1987 bundel gaan zeven Nederlandse auteurs in op de allergrootste abstractie in ons bestaan: God.

Als een ding blijkt uit de bijdragen in deze bundel, is het hoe zeer het Godsbegrip een projectie van de menselijke geest is, en hoe zich daar omheen rituelen hebben ontwikkeld die door de schrijvers in hun jeugd als een gruwel dan wel als een fascinerend mysterie zijn ervaren. Het eerste is vaker het geval bij een protestantse, het tweede bij een katholieke jeugd. Van de angst om 'nee' te zeggen tegen de kerkgang, zelfs op volwassen leeftijd, tot een seksueel getinte extase tijdens de liturgie.

In de bijdragen van Kester Freriks, A.F.Th. van der Heijden, Oek de Jong, Joyce & Co Frans Kellendonk, Nicolaas Matsier en Doschka Meijsing gaan de auteurs in op de twijfel aan het reele bestaan van het Opperwezen. Een eigen kosmogonie moet er voor in de plaats komen, waarbij opvalt hoe zeer de kennismaking met Plato sommige van de auteurs heeft beinvloed. De 'oplossing' voor het raadsel van de eigen conditie dient zich ten slotte aan door de bewustwording van eigen scheppingsdrang. Een authentieke toewijding aan de kunst gaat de plaats innemen van het geformaliseerde eerbetoon aan een Schepper (of de reeds ontstane afkeer daarvan).

Athenaeum Boekhandel Canon, Amsterdam University Press, 2013, pap, 108 pp, € 25.00, 9789089642097
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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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9.1.0 Maatschappij / Cultuur en Politiek

Jong-Berg van den, N.
En plein public. Religie en geloven in het publieke domein.
Lange tijd was het not done om in het openbaar te spreken over religie in het algemeen en je persoonlijke geloof in het bijzonder.Die tijd lijkt voorbij, religie is steeds vaker een thema in het publieke debat, wellicht onder invloed van de multiculturele samenleving. Tegelijkertijd is er een tegenbeweging die religie naar 'achter de voordeur' wil terugverwijzen, wellicht uit angst voor fundamentalisme en religieus gemotiveerd geweld.Dit boekje, samengesteld uit interviews met acht mensen die vanuit hun werk en levensovertuiging een inspirerende visie op dit onderwerp hebben, is een uitnodiging om na te denken en met anderen in gesprek te gaan over de zichtbaarheid van levensovertuiging, het delen van inspiratie en werkelijk naar elkaar luisteren.
Toer Reeks, Boekencentrum, 2014, pap, 101 pp, € 9.90, 9789023928348
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Mikkers, Tom
Het voelt echt goed. Spiritualiteit van de verdraagzaamheid
Verschijnt 10 sept 2014

In onze samenleving staan groepen mensen nog altijd tegenover elkaar. Hoe kunnen we de impasse doorbreken? In dit boekje brengt Tom Mikkers het thema verdraagzaamheid op een persoonlijke, concrete manier dichtbij.

'Met z'n allen tegen een' is net zo griezelig als het scanderen van 'minder, minder, minder' in een cafe - vindt Mikkers. We zullen het met elkaar moeten uithouden, ook als mensen fundamenteel anders zijn dan wijzelf. En het leven geeft ons daartoe alle gelegenheid. In het niemandsland waar het leven ingewikkeld wordt, het niet echt goed voelt en het er echt op aan komt, kunnen we leren om de ander te omhelzen zoals hij of zij is. Niets is dan meer wat het lijkt...

Tom Mikkers is algemeen secretaris van de Remonstrantse Broederschap. In 2011 ontving hij de Spaanprijs, een tweejaarlijkse mediaprijs voor christelijke communicatie in brede zin. Van hem verscheen eerder o.a. Religiestress en Coming Out Churches. Hij was initiator van verschillende kerkelijke projecten zoals de glossy Arminius, de songfestivalkerkdienst 'Hallelujah Europe' en de liedbundel Licht.

Hier vindt u een voorpublicatie in Dagblad Trouw en hier een promotiefilm op Youtube.

Meinema, 2014, pap, 96 pp, € 8.95, 9789021143750
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9.1.1 Interreligieuze Dialoog

Bakhos, Carol
The Family of Abraham. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Interpretations
The term 'Abrahamic religions' has gained considerable currency in both scholarly and ecumenical circles as a way of referring to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In The Family of Abraham, Carol Bakhos steps back from this convention to ask a frequently overlooked question: What, in fact, is Abrahamic about these three faiths? Exploring diverse stories and interpretations relating to the portrayal of Abraham, she reveals how he is venerated in these different scriptural traditions and how scriptural narratives have been pressed into service for nonreligious purposes.

Grounding her study in a close examination of ancient Jewish textual practices, primarily midrash, as well as medieval Muslim Stories of the Prophets and the writings of the early Church Fathers, Bakhos demonstrates that ancient and early-medieval readers often embellished the image of Abraham and his family - Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac. Her analysis dismantles pernicious misrepresentations of Abraham's firstborn son, Ishmael, and provocatively challenges contemporary references to Judaism and Islam as sibling religions.

As Bakhos points out, an uncritical adoption of the term 'Abrahamic religions' not only blinds us to the diverse interpretations and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam but also artificially separates these faiths from their historical contexts. In correcting mistaken assumptions about the narrative and theological significance of Abraham, The Family of Abraham sheds new light on key figures of three world religions.

Harvard UP, 2014, geb, 296 pp, € 41.95, 9780674050839
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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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James, William
De wil om te geloven en andere populair-filosofische essays & Het vertrouwen en het recht om te geloven, 2-e druk
Hoe moet je leven? Voor de meeste mensen is dat een vraag waarvan de volle reikwijdte langzaam maar zeker tot hen doordringt. Voor William James (1842-1910) was het een opdracht waarmee hij de wereld ingestuurd werd. In De wil om te geloven eist William James een geestelijk terrein op voor de menselijke geloofservaring dat zich onttrekt aan iedere rationele bewijsvoering. Iemands geloof wordt eenvoudig gerechtvaardigd door zijn behoefte aan een geloof.

James radicale solidariteitsbetuigingen aan de menselijke ervaring maakten van hem tijdens de jaren dat hij aan Harvard doceerde tot een populaire figuur, een filosoof voor gewone mensen. Wat William James ook tegenwoordig nog, of misschien juist tegenwoordig, nog tot zo'n aansprekende figuur maakt, iemand die we niet los kunnen laten, is zijn aanhoudende pleidooi voor de kracht van de verbeelding in het leven zelf. Wil het leven leefbaar zijn, dan moet de menselijke geest de vrijheid hebben het van binnen uit te vormen alsof het een eigen kunstwerk is, met alle irrationele tegenstrijdigheden van dien. Geloof en bijgeloof, rede en illusie, idealisme en ironie kunnen in zo'n leven naast elkaar bestaan zonder dat het op een mentale burgeroorlog uitdraait. Kaleidoscopisch als zo'n leven is, vormt het het beste weermiddel tegen fundamentalisme, of dat nu religious, politiek of wetenschappelijk is-Bas Heijne in NRC

Fenomenologische bibliotheek 8, Abraxas, 2014, pap, 233 pp, € 22.50, 9789080730083
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Jung, Carl Gustaf, John Peck, Lorenz Jung, Maria Meyer-Grass (eds)
Dream Interpretation Ancient and Modern: Notes from the Seminar Given in 1936-1941
From 1936 to 1941, C. G. Jung gave a four-part seminar series in Zurich on children's dreams and the historical literature on dream interpretation. This book completes the two-part publication of this landmark seminar, presenting the sessions devoted to dream interpretation and its history. Here we witness Jung as both clinician and teacher: impatient and sometimes authoritarian but also witty, wise, and intellectually daring, a man who, though brilliant, could be vulnerable, uncertain, and humbled by life's mysteries. These sessions open a window on Jungian dream interpretation in practice, as Jung examines a long dream series from the Renaissance physician Girolamo Cardano. They also provide the best example of group supervision by Jung the educator. Presented here in an inspired English translation commissioned by the Philemon Foundation, these sessions reveal Jung as an impassioned teacher in dialogue with his students as he developed and refined the discipline of analytical psychology.

An invaluable document of perhaps the most important psychologist of the twentieth century at work, this splendid book is the fullest representation of Jung's interpretations of dream literatures, filling a critical gap in his collected works.

John Peck is a Jungian analyst in private practice. He is a cotranslator of Jung's Red Book and the author of ten books of poetry, including Contradance. Lorenz Jung, now deceased, was a grandson of C. G. Jung and a Jungian analyst in private practice. Maria Meyer-Grass is a Jungian analyst in private practice. Ernst Falzeder (translation) is lecturer at the University of Innsbruck and senior editor at the Philemon Foundation. He is the editor of The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham, 1907-1925.

Princeton UP, 2014, geb, 320 pp, € 35.00, 9780691159454
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95.0 Filosofie algemeen A-M

Achterhuis, Hans, Nico Koning
De kunst van het vreedzaam vechten
'Nooit eerder in de geschiedenis zaten de levens van mensen zo vol met conflicten. We moeten voortdurend ons mannetje staan, of ons vrouwtje - op straat, op het werk, in winkels en zelfs thuis. Het gekke is: ondanks al die confrontaties vloeit er maar zelden bloed. Nooit eerder zelfs was een beschaving zo effectief in het bewaren van vrede. Hoe lukt dat in onze moderne samenleving, wat is het geheim? Daarnaar gaan wij in dit boek op zoek.' - Hans Achterhuis en Nico Koning Een wereld zonder conflicten is niet alleen ondenkbaar, maar ook onwenselijk. Botsingen van tegengestelde meningen en belangen zijn een groot goed in een open samenleving. De vraag is alleen: hoe gaan we hiermee om en welke middelen zetten we in? Of anders gezegd: hoe gaan we krachtig het conflict aan en zorgen we er tegelijkertijd voor dat het niet uit de hand loopt? Dat geldt voor allerlei krachtmetingen in het openbare leven - denk aan sport, wetenschap, rechtspraak, politiek - en nog meer voor internationale crisissituaties zoals die in Oekraine en Irak. 'Vreedzaam vechten' is een kunst die vrede en welvaart met zich meebrengt, zo leert de geschiedenis. In dit boek gaan Hans Achterhuis en Nico Koning terug naar de vroege bronnen van geweldbeteugeling, uiteenlopend van het Gilgamesj-epos en de klassieke Oudheid tot de joods-christelijke traditie. Een rijk en erudiet werk.
Lemniscaat, 2014, pap, 671 pp, € 34.95, 9789047702191
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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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Bergson, Henri
Tijd en vrije wil, essay over de onmiddellijke gegevenheden van het bewustzijn
In dit traktaat ontwikkelt de meesterlijke stilist Bergson een theorie van de geleefde tijd. Tegenover de tijd van de klok stelt Bergson de ervaring van de tijd als proces, als 'duur'.

Tijd en vrije wil is een van de filosofische hoofdwerken van Henri Bergson en verscheen in 1889. Bergson is een van de invloedrijkste filosofen van de twintigste eeuw. Het werk van Marcel Proust, Gilles Deleuze en in Nederland Joke Hermsen is ondenkbaar zonder deze grote denker.

Henri Bergson (1859-1941) was hoogleraar aan het College de France en lid van de Academie Francaise. In 1927 ontving hij de Nobelprijs voor de literatuur.

Grote klassieken, Boom, 2014, geb, 200 pp, € 29.50, 9789089531650
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Blackburn, Simon
Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love
Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in others. The vain are by turns annoying or absurd, offending us whether they are blissfully oblivious or proudly aware of their behavior. But are narcissism and vanity really as bad as they seem? Can we avoid them even if we try? In Mirror, Mirror, Simon Blackburn, the author of such best-selling philosophy books as Think, Being Good, and Lust, says that narcissism, vanity, pride, and self-esteem are more complex than they first appear and have innumerable good and bad forms. Drawing on philosophy, psychology, literature, history, and popular culture, Blackburn offers an enlightening and entertaining exploration of self-love, from the myth of Narcissus and the Christian story of the Fall to today's self-esteem industry.

A sparkling mixture of learning, humor, and style, Mirror, Mirror examines what great thinkers have said about self-love - from Aristotle, Cicero, and Erasmus to Rousseau, Adam Smith, Kant, and Iris Murdoch. It considers today's 'me'-related obsessions, such as the 'selfie', plastic surgery, and cosmetic enhancements, and reflects on connected phenomena such as the fatal commodification of social life and the tragic overconfidence of George W. Bush and Tony Blair. Ultimately, Mirror, Mirror shows why self-regard is a necessary and healthy part of life. But it also suggests that we have lost the ability to distinguish - let alone strike a balance - between good and bad forms of self-concern.

Simon Blackburn taught philosophy for many years at the University of Oxford, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Cambridge. He is the author of many books, including Think, Being Good, Lust, Truth, and The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy.

Princeton UP, 2014, geb, 248 pp, € 24.50, 9780691161426
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Bor, Jan, E. Petersma
De verbeelding van het denken, druk 8
verschijnt sept 2014
Atlas Contact, 2013, pap, ca 400 pp, € 39.95, 9789025439415
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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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Foucault, Michel
Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling. The Function of Avowal in Justice
Three years before his death, Michel Foucault delivered a series of lectures at the Catholic University of Louvain that until recently remained almost unknown. These lectures - which focus on the role of avowal, or confession, in the determination of truth and justice - provide the missing link between Foucault's early work on madness, delinquency, and sexuality and his later explorations of subjectivity in Greek and Roman antiquity.

Ranging broadly from Homer to the twentieth century, Foucault traces the early use of truth-telling in ancient Greece and follows it through to practices of self-examination in monastic times. By the nineteenth century, the avowal of wrongdoing was no longer sufficient to satisfy the call for justice; there remained the question of who the 'criminal' was and what formative factors contributed to his wrong-doing. The call for psychiatric expertise marked the birth of the discipline of psychiatry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as its widespread recognition as the foundation of criminology and modern criminal justice.

Published here for the first time, the 1981 lectures have been superbly translated by Stephen W. Sawyer and expertly edited and extensively annotated by Fabienne Brion and Bernard E. Harcourt. They are accompanied by two contemporaneous interviews with Foucault in which he elaborates on a number of the key themes. An essential companion to Discipline and Punish, Wrong-Doing, Truth-Telling will take its place as one of the most significant works of Foucault to appear in decades, and will be necessary reading for all those interested in his thought.

Chicago UP, 2014, geb, 360 pp, € 34.95, 9780226257709
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Lyotard, Jean-Francois
Waarom filosoferen?
Vanwaar komt het filosofische spreken? In vier colleges, in 1964 gehouden voor beginnende studenten, gaat Lyotard welbewust voorbij aan de abstracte vraag 'wat is filosofie?' om in plaats daarvan antwoord te geven op de bijzondere vraag 'waarom filosoferen?'

Volgens Lyotard beantwoordt filosofie aan een fundamentele menselijke behoefte: het verlangen naar zin en betekenis. Wie filosofeert geeft zich over aan dit verlangen, een verlangen dat echter nooit werkelijk in vervulling gaat en dat zich telkens weer vernieuwt. Filosoferen betekent niet dat je jezelf opsluit in een specifiek, min of meer zelfgenoegzaam discours, maar dat je je zinnen scherpt voor het latente verlangen dat in ieder mens leeft en in tal van maatschappelijke processen een bepalende factor is. Zo eindigen Lyotards bespiegelingen met de prikkelende vraag 'hoe is het mogelijk niet te filosoferen?'

Jean-Francois Lyotard (1924-1998) behoorde tot de bekendste vertegenwoordigers van het differentiedenken in de Franse filosofie en was hoogleraar aan de universiteit van Parijs-VIII. Voor het grote publiek is zijn naam vooral verbonden met zijn boek La condition postmoderne (1979).

Klement/Pelckmans, 2014, pap, 104 pp, € 16.95, 9789086871469
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Marx, Karl & Friedrich Engels
De Duitse ideologie. Deel 1: Feuerbach. En andere programmatische teksten van het marxisme
Verwacht oktober 2014

Karl Marx (1818-1883) was een Duitse filosoof, die een filosofisch project ontwikkelde waaraan hij zijn hele leven sleutelde. Wat hij naliet, was geen coherent theoretisch systeem; een marxisme in die zin is een uitvinding van generaties marxisten na hem. In de jaren rond 1845 begint Marx in samenwerking met zijn compagnon-de-route Friedrich Engels een eigen weg te zoeken in de filosofie. Hij wil niets minder dan Hegel, door wiens filosofie hij is gevormd, 'op zijn voeten'zetten. In dialoog en deels polemiserend met de kring van de jong-hegelianen, onder wie de filosoof Ludwig Feuerbach, gaat Marx op zoek naar het materiele, politiek-economische, substraat achter de hegeliaanse ideeen van staat, recht en moraal. Een eerste formulering van zijn materialistische geschiedenisopvatting legt hij neer in een aantal kanttekeningen bij het werk van Feuerbach, die later, lang na zijn dood, worden gepubliceerd als het eerste deel van 'De Duitse ideologie'. Aan het einde van de jaren vijftig van de negentiende eeuw verwerkt Marx zijn ervaringen en gedachten in een tweede ontwerp van zijn maatschappijtheorie, de 'Inleiding' uit 1857 voor het manuscript dat, eveneens lang na zijn dood, onder de naam 'Grundrisse' zal worden gepubliceerd. Deze inleiding wordt in 1859 gevolgd door het 'Voorwoord' bij zijn in hetzelfde jaar gepubliceerde werk 'Zur Kritik der politischen Okonomie'. Marx vat daarin kort de gang van zijn intellectuele ontwikkeling tot dan toe samen en formuleert nog eens bondig wat hij aanduidt als de leidraad die hij bij zijn studies heeft gevolgd. In deze editie zijn de drie funderende teksten van het marxisme in chronologische volgorde afgedrukt, voorafgegaan door een inleiding en voorzien van verklarende noten.

Vantilt, 2013, pap, 196 pp, € 19.95, 9789460040313
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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

Rosenstock-Huessy, Eugen
De taal van de ziel
Soms kan een enkel woord, afkomstig uit diepere lagen van ons bestaan, een ommekeer bewerken. De uitspraak van Churchill voor het Engelse parlement aan het begin van de Tweede Wereldoorlog 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat' is een dergelijk woord. Alleen woorden die opkomen uit het diepste van de ziel hebben de macht om een nood af te wenden. Het is deze macht van de taal die Rosenstock-Huessy beschrijft en blootlegt in De Taal van de Ziel.

Dit werk stuurde Rosenstock-Huessy oorspronkelijk als brief vanuit het westfront naar Rosenzweig aan het oostfront, midden in de Eerste Wereldoorlog (1916). Het is het oudste document van de filosofie van de dialoog en van het zogenaamde 'taaldenken' in de lijn van Rosenzweig, Buber, Marcel, Levinas en vele anderen. Rosenstock-Huessy zelf noemt het de grammaticale methode. De vervoegingen en verbuigingen van de taal zijn ook de vervoegingen en verbuigingen van een levende ziel. Levende taal die vijanden in gesprekspartners verandert, kan een basis scheppen voor de volgende vrede. De grammaticale methode maakt deze veranderende werking van de taal toegankelijk. Daarmee is zij geboren uit, maar ook het antwoord op de grote crises van de 20e eeuw. Bijna honderd jaar na dato kan de 21e eeuw dit antwoord opnieuw of nog steeds in dankbaarheid aanvaarden.

Rosenstock-Huessy (1888-1973) was filosoof, jurist en socioloog. Hij werd in Duitsland geboren in een joods gezin. In zijn geestelijk ontwaken zag hij zich van meet af verbonden met het christendom. Universeel denken was steeds zijn uitgangspunt. Hij is de auteur van onder meer De grote revoluties, het fascinerende, erudiete en uitermate leesbare boek dat de grote verbanden in de ontwikkeling van onze westerse beschaving zichtbaar maakt.

Skandalon, 2014, pap, 138 pp, € 15.00, 9789490708870
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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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Schut, Daniel , Jean H.M. Wagemans
Argumentatie en debat
Wat gebeurt er als je de theorie en de praktijk van het debatteren bij elkaar brengt? Argumentatie en debat vormt een antwoord op deze vraag. De auteurs combineren theoretische inzichten over argumentatie met strategische aanwijzingen voor het voeren van debatten. De uitleg hiervan wordt ondersteund met voorbeelden uit de debatpraktijk. Behalve theorieen en aanwijzingen over debatteren bevat het boek ook een korte geschiedenis van de dialectica (de klassieke benaming voor de kunst van het debatteren) en een verzameling criteria voor het beoordelen van een debat. Bovendien bevat het boek beschrijvingen van de meest gebruikte debatformats, een lijst met literatuursuggesties en een register met kernbegrippen.

Het boek is bedoeld voor iedereen die zijn of haar vaardigheden op het gebied van argumenteren en debatteren wil verbeteren. De theoretische inzichten en strategische aanwijzingen zijn niet alleen nuttig als je wilt deelnemen aan een wedstrijddebat, maar ook wanneer je een overtuigende bijdrage wilt leveren aan discussies op de werkvloer. Zowel studenten als professionals kunnen met Argumentatie en debat hun voordeel doen.

Politicoloog Daniel Schut is Nederlands Kampioen Debatteren (2013) en traint politici, bestuurders en professionals in overtuigend communiceren via trainingsbureau De Luistervinken.

Jean H.M. Wagemans is filosoof en universitair docent argumentatietheorie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Boom Lemma uitgevers, 2014, pap, € 25.00, 9789462364233
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Schutter, Dirk de
Het catastrofale, essay over de eindigheid
Mensen veroorzaken catastrofes, maar wat nog bedenkelijker is: ze sluiten voor deze catastrofes de ogen. Ze wenden zich af van wat ze aanrichten. Ze vluchten voor het onverdraaglijke besef dat hun bestaan getekend is door een niet ongedaan te maken tekort.

Dirk De Schutter gaat te rade bij belangrijke twintigste-eeuwse filosofen en bij de psychoanalyse om dit tekort te tekenen en existentiele ervaringen, zoals verveling, rouw, luiheid, te beschrijven. Hij doet eveneens een beroep op kunst en literatuur om de grote gebeurtenissen uit de afgelopen eeuw te becommentarieren: de ontwikkelingen in wetenschap en technologie, de twee wereldoorlogen, de shoah. De auteur poogt aan te tonen dat de ontsporingen van de westerse cultuur hun oorsprong vinden in het onvermogen van de mens om met zichzelf en het eigen tekort in het reine te komen. Hoe kunnen wij met deze (on)menselijke conditie omgaan?

Dirk De Schutter (1954) is filosoof en als hoogleraar verbonden aan de KULeuven (Campus Brussel) en aan de Universiteit Antwerpen. Eerder verschenen van hem Sporen van geloof en Een hart voor de wereld.

Klement, 2014, pap, 240 pp, € 22.95, 9789086871445
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Scruton, Roger
The Soul of the World
In The Soul of the World, renowned philosopher Roger Scruton defends the experience of the sacred against today's fashionable forms of atheism. He argues that our personal relationships, moral intuitions, and aesthetic judgments hint at a transcendent dimension that cannot be understood through the lens of science alone. To be fully alive - and to understand what we are - is to acknowledge the reality of sacred things. Rather than an argument for the existence of God, or a defense of the truth of religion, the book is an extended reflection on why a sense of the sacred is essential to human life - and what the final loss of the sacred would mean. In short, the book addresses the most important question of modernity: what is left of our aspirations after science has delivered its verdict about what we are?

Drawing on art, architecture, music, and literature, Scruton suggests that the highest forms of human experience and expression tell the story of our religious need, and of our quest for the being who might answer it, and that this search for the sacred endows the world with a soul. Evolution cannot explain our conception of the sacred; neuroscience is irrelevant to our interpersonal relationships, which provide a model for our posture toward God; and scientific understanding has nothing to say about the experience of beauty, which provides a God's-eye perspective on reality.

Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher and the author of more than forty books, including The Aesthetics of Architecture (Princeton), The Aesthetics of Music, The Face of God, and Green Philosophy. He is a visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC.

Princeton UP, 2014, geb, 216 pp, € 28.50, 9780691161570
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Southwell, Gareth
De belangrijkste filosofische uitspraken voor 2015
Inspirerende uitspraken en hun betekenis, aangevuld met een korte biografie van de filosoof of wetenschapper
Uitgeverij Lias, 2014, pap, ca 768 pp, € 14.90, 9789088030512
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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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Willigenburg, Theo van
Gevallen vogel
Gevallen Vogel is het onwaarschijnlijke, maar waargebeurde verhaal van een hoogleraar Ethiek die vanwege een zedendelict in de gevangenis belandt en vijf jaar later opnieuw, maar valselijk, beschuldigd wordt. Tegelijk is het een openhartig verhaal over filosofie als levensreddende 'cognitieve therapie': een manier van denken en begrijpen waardoor je kunt overleven in een ineenstortende wereld. Achter tralies blijken de inzichten van filosofen als Kant, Nietzsche en Lyotard een betekenis te hebben die rijker is dan wat jarenlange wetenschappelijke studie aan het licht brengt.

Sterk autobiografische boeken melden het vaak in hun inleiding: 'Elke overeenkomst met bestaande personen of gebeurtenissen berust op louter toeval.' In dit boek is het omgekeerd. Alles kan gedocumenteerd worden aan de hand van proces-verbalen en getuigenissen, al vraagt de reconstructie van de auteur wel om een bepaalde manier van 'kijken', zoals hij aan de hand van een passage uit Nietzsche probeert duidelijk te maken.

De auteur, hoogleraar Wijsgerige Ethiek, belandt in 2004 vanwege een zedendelict in de gevangenis en wordt vijf jaar later door drie aangevers valselijk beschuldigd van eenzelfde delict, gearresteerd en des te zwaarder gestraft. In die omstandigheden krijgen gedachten en inzichten van grote filosofen een betekenis die hem als wetenschapper waren ontgaan. De filosofische reflecties van Kant tot en met Lyotard bieden een levensreddende 'cognitieve therapie': een manier van denken en begrijpen waardoor je kunt overleven in een ineenstortende wereld. De filosofie in dit boek is dus levenskunstfilosofie, maar dan bedreven op de rand van de afgrond. Geen biografietje naast een filosofietje, maar filosofie in het zicht van de nederlaag. Op welke manier kan filosofie je helpen als je alles dreigt te verliezen?

Damon, 2014, geb, 528 pp, € 36.90, 9789460361920
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Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Filosofische onderzoekingen
verwacht sept 2014
Reeks Grote Klassieken, Uitgeverij Boom, 2006, geb, 316 pp, € 39.90, 9789085062882
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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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95.2 Filosofie Antieke Filosofie

Aristoteles, (Jan van Ophuisen- vert)
De ziel
verschijning verwacht sept 2014

Aristoteles' traktaat over De ziel, De anima, is een van de weinige werken waarvan niemand wil betwisten dat het met recht tot de selecte canon van klassieke werken behoort, die iedere filosoof tot zich nemen moet. Dit traktaat gunt de lezer een blik op de op volle toeren werkende Aristoteles, die het schreef toen hij de ideeen die hij lang had voorbereid aan het oogsten was; elke zin opent een belangrijk nieuw perspectief, stelt een cruciale vraag of formuleert een kerngedachte.

De ziel is een werk van groot historisch belang. In het eerste hoofdstuk geeft Aristoteles een overzicht van de zielstheorieen van zijn voorgangers, en haalt hij woorden van presocraten aan die nergens anders bewaard zijn. Bovendien is De ziel een werk waar latere filosofen, van Plotinus tot en met Hegel, als commentator of uit behoefte aan inspiratie naar terugkeerden.

Aristoteles formuleert in De ziel voor de eerste keer een aantal vragen die niet meer weggedacht kunnen worden uit de geschiedenis van de filosofie, die haar zelfs bepaald hebben. Wat is de oorsprong van het leven, hoe verschilt wat leeft van het materiele? Hoe bestaat dit onderscheidende kenmerk? Wat betekent het wanneer je dat 'ziel' noemt? En hoe kunnen we de werkelijkheid buiten ons kennen en wat dringt daarvan tot ons door? Hoe kunnen we beschikken over de begrippen die we daartoe nodig hebben? En stel dat we leven dankzij een 'ziel': hoe kan de ziel communiceren met het lichaam waarin ze zich heeft gevestigd?

De diepgang en de bondigheid waarmee Aristoteles De ziel vervaardigde maken het niet eenvoudig te benaderen. Maar het is een van de belangrijkste filosofische werken die er geschreven zijn, fascinerend, fundamenteel en prikkelend.

Vertaling door Jan van Ophuijsen

Historische Uitgeverij, 2014, geb, 144 pp, € 28.50, 9789065540065
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95.5 Filosofie Kenleer/ Logica enTaalfilosofie

Stokhof, Martin
Taal en betekenis - Basisboek taalfilosofie
Verschijnt 15/9/2014

Hoe komt betekenis tot stand? Hoe past taal op de werkelijkheid? In Taal en betekenis leidt Martin Stokhof de lezer langs de voornaamste kwesties in de taalfilosofie. Dit nieuwe deel in de serie Boom Basisboeken is een volledig geactualiseerde versie van het eerder bij Boom onder dezelfde titel verschenen, succesvolle studieboek. Bij uitstek geschikt voor studenten wijsbegeerte, taalwetenschap, kunstmatige intelligentie en psychologie.

Martin Stokhof is hoogleraar taalfilosofie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Bij Uitgeverij Boom/Sun verscheen in 2000 de eerste druk van Taal en betekenis.

Boom, 2014, pap, 450 pp, € 34.90, 9789461056115
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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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Grebe, Anja
Het Vaticaan, alle schilderijen; de complete collectie oude meesters, plus meer dan 300 beelden, kaarten, wandkleden en andere kunstvoorwerpen
Meer dan 1200 kunstwerken gebundeld in Het Vaticaan.

Vaticaanstad meet 0,44 vierkante kilometer, maar de kunstcollectie is van wereldformaat. De Sixtijnse kapel met de Pieta van Michelangelo, werken van Giotto, Fra Angelico, Titiaan en Caravaggio - de grootste namen uit de geschiedenis bevinden zich hier. Het Vaticaan - alle schilderijen biedt een ongeevenaard overzicht van deze monumentale collectie.

Anja Grebe doceert kunstgeschiedenis aan de Universiteit van Erlangen-Neurenberg en maakte naam met haar publicaties over middeleeuwse en moderne kunst. Haar Het Vaticaan is een erudiet overzichtswerk. Onmisbaar voor liefhebbers van de middeleeuwse Italiaanse schilderkunst.

Kok, 2014, geb in cassette, 252 pp, € 55.00, 9789043523189
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Kuntos, Jaroslav
Silver Judaica. From the Collection of the Jewish Museum in Prague
Expected sept. 2014

The Jewish Museum in Prague is home to a variety of silver Jewish ritual artifacts, from Kiddush cups, Hanukkah lamps, and Torah decorations, to the dozens of other objects used in observing the commandments. Silver Judaica celebrates this extraordinary collection with full-color illustrations and detailed explanations of each of the museum's nearly five hundred pieces. Jaroslav Kuntos covers each artifact in painstaking detail, highlighting the design features that indicate a piece's date and place of production. Kuntos compares and contrasts those pieces made by Jews with those made by Christians, explaining how - during the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, the period when a majority of these artifacts were made - Jews were excluded from membership in the guilds, and as a result, many of the ceremonial objects, though used by Jewish communities, were made by non-Jewish manufacturers or artisans on commission.

A fascinating survey of superior craftsmanship, Silver Judaica will appeal to students and scholars of art history and religious studies alike.

Chicago UP, 2014, pap, 315 pp, € 29.95, 9788087366127
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99.11 Kunst - Ikonen

   
Florenski, P.
Iconostase. De poort naar het onzichtbare
verwacht sept 2014
Bijleveld, 2012, pap, 160 pp, € 17.50, 9789061319894
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99.12 Film en Letteren

Goud, Johan (red)
Het leven volgens Oek de Jong. Terug naar een naaktheid
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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Nog te verschijnen

   
Aristoteles
Metafysica
Aangekondigd voor 1 september 2014
Aristoteles in Nederlandse vertaling, Historische Uitgeverij, 2014, geb, € 45.00, 9789065540089
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Opruiming Filosofie

Macpherson, Fiona (ed)
The Senses. Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives
From eur 89,- for euro 25,-

The senses, or sensory modalities, constitute the different ways we have of perceiving the world, such as seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. But how many senses are there? How many could there be? What makes the senses different? What interaction takes place between the senses? This book is a guide to thinking about these questions. Together with an extensive introduction to the topic, the book contains the key classic papers on this subject together with nine newly commissioned essays. One reason that these questions are important is that we are receiving a huge influx of new information from the sciences that challenges some traditional philosophical views about the senses. This information needs to be incorporated into our view of the senses and perception. Can we do this whilst retaining our pre-existing concepts of the senses and of perception or do we need to revise our concepts? If they need to be revised, then in what way should that be done? Research in diverse areas, such as the nature of human perception, varieties of non-human animal perception, the interaction between different sensory modalities, perceptual disorders, and possible treatments for them, calls into question the platitude that there are five senses, as well as the pre-supposition that we know what we are counting when we count them as five (or more).

This book will serve as an inspiring introduction to the topic and as a basis from which further new research will grow.

Philospphy of Mind Series, Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 410 pp, € 25.00, 9780195385977
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