Ten Theology Books to Watch For – May 2017

May 4, 2017 — Leave a comment


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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The Text of a Coptic Monastic Discourse On Love and Self-Control: Its Story from the Fourth Century to the Twenty-First

Carolyn Schneider

Cistercian Publications

This book introduces a beautiful fourth-century Coptic discourse on love and self-control in its first English translation. The text’s heading attributes it to Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, but this attribution is questionable. Exploring issues of authorship and context, this book locates the origins of On Love and Self-Control in the Upper Egyptian Pachomian monastic community of the mid-fourth century. It then traces the various uses of On Love and Self-Control to the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries, when the single surviving manuscript was copied as part of an anthology at the Monastery of St. Shenoute of Atripe. A partial reconstruction of this now dismembered codex is provided.



The Great Athanasius: An Introduction to His Life and Work

John R. Tyson

Cascade Books 

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The Great Athanasius is an introductory survey of the life and work of the most dynamic pastor-theologian of the fourth century. From his birth and early years in Alexandria to the “Golden Decade,” the book charts the life and work of Athanasius through a close study of his main writings and other important works. Central to his story is the “Arian controversy,” the Council of Nicea, and the subsequent difficulties that emerged in building a consensus around the “very God, very Man” affirmation of the Nicene Creed. The eventual triumph of the theology of the Nicene Creed was largely due to his tireless efforts, which are carefully chronicled in this work.
Though a controversial figure in his own lifetime, through both his theological insight and ecclesiastical leadership, and in his fidelity to his faith convictions, Athanasius proved to be “the great” church father and theologian of his age and one of the seminal Christian thinkers of all time.


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