Ten Theology Books to Watch For – April 2018

April 19, 2018


Here are a some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

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[easyazon_link identifier=”0801098556″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legacies[/easyazon_link] 

W. Brian Shelton

Baker Academic


The stories and contributions of the apostles provide an important entrée into church history. This comprehensive historical and literary introduction uncovers their lives and legacies, underscoring the apostles’ impact on the growth of the early church. The author collects and distills the histories, legends, symbols, and iconography of the original twelve and locates figures such as Paul, Peter, and John in the broader context of the history of the apostles. He also explores the continuing story of the gospel mission and the twelve disciples beyond the New Testament.



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Jon R. Kershner

Oxford UP

In 1758, a Quaker tailor and sometime shopkeeper and school teacher stood up in a Quaker meeting and declared that the time had come for Friends to reject the practice of slavery. That man was John Woolman, and that moment was a significant step, among many, toward the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Woolman’s antislavery position was only one essential piece of his comprehensive theological vision for colonial American society. Drawing on Woolman’s entire body of writing, Jon R. Kershner reveals that the theological and spiritual underpinnings of Woolman’s alternative vision for the British Atlantic world were nothing less than a direct, spiritual christocracy on earth, what Woolman referred to as “the Government of Christ.” Kershner argues that Woolman’s theology is best understood as apocalyptic-centered on a supernatural revelation of Christ’s immediate presence governing all aspects of human affairs, and envisaging the impending victory of God’s reign over apostasy. John Woolman and the Government of Christ explores the theological reasoning behind Woolman’s critique of the burgeoning trans-Atlantic economy, slavery, and British imperial conflicts, and fundamentally reinterprets 18th-century Quakerism by demonstrating the continuing influence of early Quaker apocalypticism.


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