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Creativity as Sacrifice: Toward a Theological Model for Creativity in the Arts

by James M. Watkins Fortress Press (January 01, 2015)

Creativity as Sacrifice argues for a theological methodology in engaging the arts and puts forward a theological model for understanding human creativity in the light of Jesus’ sacrificial redemption. In interdisciplinary...


Preservation and Protest: Theological Foundations for an Eco-Eschatological Ethics

by Ryan Patrick McLaughlin Fortress Press (November 01, 2014)

Preservation and Protest proposes a novel taxonomy of four paradigms of nonhuman theological ethics by exploring the intersection of tensions between value terms and teleological terms. McLaughlin systematically...


Luther on Faith and Love: Christ and the Law in the 1535 Galatians Commentary

by Sun-young Kim Fortress Press (October 01, 2014)

There has been a distinct tendency in modern scholarship to underestimate Luther’s teaching on love by overemphasizing his teaching on justification. Calling this tendency into question, this volume advances...


Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom

by Demetrios E. Tonias Fortress Press (March 01, 2014)

Demetrios Tonias’ Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom is the first, comprehensive examination of John Chrysostom’s view of the patriarch Abraham. By analyzing the full range of references to Abraham...


Give Me Children or I Shall Die: Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature

by Laurel W. Koefp-Taylor Fortress Press (November 01, 2013)

In the subsistence agricultural social context of the Hebrew Bible, children were necessary for communal survival. In such an economy, children’s labor contributes to the family’s livelihood from a young...


Embedded Grace: Christ, History, and the Reign of God in Schleiermacher's Dogmatics

by Kevin M. Vander Schel Fortress Press (November 01, 2013)

Scholars are now at work not only rethinking Schleiermacher’s relation to the modern and contemporary theological tradition, but re-examining the dogmatic intricacies and commitments within his texts. Situated...


Esther and the Politics of Negotiation: Public and Private Spaces and the Figure of the Female Royal Counselor

by Rebecca S. Hancock Fortress Press (September 01, 2013)

Was Esther unique—an anomaly in patriarchal society? Conventionally, scholars see ancient Israelite and Jewish women as excluded from the public world, their power concentrated instead in the domestic realm...


Judgment According to Works in Romans: The Meaning and Function of Divine Judgment in Paul's Most Important Letter

by Kevin W. McFadden Fortress Press (September 01, 2013)

Giving careful exegetical attention to Paul’s letter to the Romans, Kevin W. McFadden shows that Paul wrote the letter to remind Roman Christians of his gospel because of his vocation as apostle to the Gentiles....


Chosen Nations: Pursuit of the Kingdom of God and Its Influence on Democratic Values in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain and the United States

by Christina L. Littlefield Fortress Press (September 01, 2013)

At the heart of the biblical myth of chosenness is the idea that God has blessed a people to be a blessing to others. It is a mission of solemn responsibility. The six British and American thinkers examined...


Waiting and Being: Creation, Freedom, and Grace in Western Theology

by Joshua B. Davis Fortress Press (September 01, 2013)

Joshua B. Davis is assistant professor of systematic theology at The General Theological Seminary in New York. He earned a Ph.D. in theology at Vanderbilt University. Davis co-founded the Theology and Apocalyptic...


Christ and Analogy: The Christocentric Metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar

by Junius Johnson Fortress Press (September 01, 2013)

As one of the pillars of the nouvelle theologie movement, a main influence upon the Second Vatican Council, and one of the few figures to complete a full-scale multi-volume systematics, Hans Urs von Balthasar...


Memory and Covenant: The Role of Israel's  and God's Memory in Sustaining the Deuteronomic and Priestly Covenants

by Barat Ellman Fortress Press (October 01, 2013)

Memory and Covenant applies new insights into the meaning and function of social memory to analyze the two major “religions” of the Pentateuch (D and P) and their relationship to one another. Both these...


Resurrection as Anti-Imperial Gospel: 1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10 in Context

by Edward Pillar Fortress Press (August 01, 2013)

Presuming that the heart of Paul’s gospel announcement was the news that God had raised Jesus from the dead (as indicated in 1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10), Pillar explores the evidence in Paul’s letter and in...


Queering the Ethiopian Eunuch: Strategies of Ambiguity in Acts

by Sean D. Burke Fortress Press (August 01, 2013)

Were eunuchs more usually castrated guardians of the harem, as florid Orientalist portraits imagine them, or were they trusted court officials who may never have been castrated? Was the Ethiopian eunuch a Jew...


Divine Eloquence and Human Transformation: Rethinking Scripture and History through Gregory of Nazianzus and Hans Frei

by Ben Fulford Fortress Press (July 01, 2013)

Key to a theology of scripture are the important issues of history, consciousness, rhetoric, and how theology functions in relation to interpretation of Christianity’s religious texts. Seeking to address a...


We Are Who We Think We Were: Christian History and Christian Ethics

by Aaron D. Conley Fortress Press (August 01, 2013)

Conley calls into question the outdated historical methodologies in use in Christian social ethics and outlines the consequences stemming from them. By adopting the postmodern post-structuralist position of...


The Interpreting Angel Motif in Prophetic and Apocalyptic Literature

by David P. Melvin Fortress Press (August 01, 2013)

Melvin traces the emergence and development of the motif of angelic interpretation of visions from late prophetic literature (Ezekiel 40–48; Zechariah 1–6) into early apocalyptic literature (1 Enoch 17–36;...


The Sign of the Gospel: Toward an Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism after Karl Barth

by W. Travis McMaken Fortress Press (August 01, 2013)

The theology of the sacraments is one of the most contested parts in Barth’s theology, none more so than the doctrine of baptism. Barth’s proposals on baptism have generated intense conversation and disagreement,...


Christ Crucified in a Suffering World

by Nathan D. Hieb Fortress Press (September 01, 2013)

What is the connection between Christian doctrine and concrete social action? This question marks the often unarticulated divide between systematic theology and liberation theology, each often emphasizing one...


Faith in a Hidden God

by Elizabeth Palmer Fortress Press (December 01, 2017)

The story of the binding of Isaac presents problems and opportunities for people who seek to live faithfully in relationship with a God who surpasses our understanding. This book examines how Luther and Kierkegaard...


Divine Simplicity

by Jordan P. Barrett Fortress Press (December 01, 2017)

The Christian church has consistently confessed that the triune God of the gospel is simple and therefore beyond composition. The various divine attributes do not represent parts of God that, when combined,...


Disputed Temple

by John Robert Barker Fortress Press (November 15, 2017)

The prophet Haggai advocated for the rebuilding of the temple, destroyed by Babylon, in the tumultuous period of reconstruction under Persian dominion; so much is evident from a surface reading of the book ....


Salvation in Continuity

by Mothy Varkey Fortress Press (September 01, 2017)

It is clear that according to Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus came to “save his people from their sins” (1:21), to “give his life as a ransom for many” (20:28), to have his blood “poured out for many for...


The Absence of God in Biblical Rape Narratives

by Leah Rediger Schulte Fortress Press (August 15, 2017)

In this groundbreaking work to identify and address God’s absence in three key rape narratives in the Hebrew Bible, Leah Rediger Schulte finds a pattern that indicates a larger community crisis. With a careful...


The Augustinian Alternative

by Benjamin J. Wood Fortress Press (July 15, 2017)

This book’s central claim is that a close reading of Augustine’s epistemology can help political theologians develop affirmative accounts of political liberalism. This claim is set in a scholarly context...


Mission as Accompaniment

by Brian E. Konkol Fortress Press (June 15, 2017)

Mechanistic dehumanization occurs when human beings are objectified and exploited as a means to an end, comparable to expendable components of a machine. This misconstruction of human value is a source and sustainer...


Memories of Asaph

by Karl N. Jacobson Fortress Press (June 15, 2017)

Although the Psalms of Asaph (Pss. 50, 73?83) contain a concentration of historical referents unparalleled in the Psalter, they have rarely attracted sustained historical interest. Karl N. Jacobson identifies...


Justin against Marcion

by Dr Andrew Hayes Fortress Press (April 01, 2017)

In a period where Christianity was only beginning to form a definitive identity, Marcion played a remarkable and generative role. Andrew Hayes takes the measure of his impact on second-century Christianity through...


Acting for Others

by Michaela Kusnierikova Fortress Press (March 01, 2017)

This book explores why the metaphor of the church as a family is insufficient. In this, Arendt’s concept of action and her criticism of privatizing the public political space by viewing it as a family are...


Exodus and Resurrection: The God of Israel in the Theology of Robert W. Jenson

by Andrew W. Nicol Fortress Press (August 01, 2016)

Exodus and Resurrection establishes the important place God’s identity as the “God of Israel” has in the systematic theology of theologian Robert W. Jenson. The work demonstrates that the identification...


Forensic Apocalyptic Theology: Karl Barth and the Doctrine of Justification

by Shannon Nicole Smythe Fortress Press (June 03, 2016)

Forensic Apocalyptic Theology examines the mature work of Karl Barth in relationship to the question of Paul and the Protestant doctrine of justification. Shannon Nicole Smythe argues that the basis of Barth’s...


Recognizing the Gift: Toward a Renewed Theology of Nature and Grace

by Daniel A. Rober Fortress Press (June 01, 2016)

Recognizing the Gift puts twentieth-century Catholic theological conversations on nature and grace, particularly those of Henri de Lubac and Karl Rahner, into dialogue with Continental philosophy, notably the...


In Defense of Doctine: Evangelicalism, Theology, and Scripture

by Rhyne R. Putman Fortress Press (June 01, 2015)

In Defense of Doctrine is an apologetic for the ongoing, constructive theological task in Protestant and Evangelical traditions. It suggests that doctrinal development can be explained as a hermeneutical phenomenon...


Viva Vox: Rediscovering the Sacramentality of the Word through the Annunciation

by Joshua D. Genig Fortress Press (March 01, 2015)

In failing to take the sacramentality of the word of God seriously, the preaching of the church has suffered negative consequences, particularly failing to bring about divine participation with Jesus’ corporeal...


Hezekiah and the Dialogue of Memory

by Song-Mi Suzie Park Fortress Press (March 01, 2015)

Examining the different accounts of Hezekiah’s reign in 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, and Isaiah, Song-Mi Suzie Park describes a “Hezekiah complex” in which the king served as a symbol for the vicissitudes of...


Repentace at Qumran: The Penitential Framework of Religious Experience in the Dead Sea Scrolls

by Mark A. Jason Fortress Press (February 01, 2015)

Mark A. Jason offers a detailed investigation of the place of repentance in the Dead Sea Scrolls, addressing a significant lacuna in Qumran scholarship. Jason establishes the importance of repentance as a fundamental...