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Fortress Press has long been one of the most prominent publishers of books by women scholars in theology, biblical studies, and adjacent fields. They are currently running a massive ebook sale! If you frequently read theology books, we recommend browsing the full sale:

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We’ve selected some of the best deals in this sale by women scholars. A number of the scholars here are featured on our list of:

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#1:

Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity

Christine Schenk

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Discovering reliable information about women in early Christianity is a challenging enterprise. Most people have never heard of Bitalia, Veneranda, Crispina, Petronella, Leta, Sofia the Deacon, and many others even though their catacomb and tomb art suggests their authority was influential and valued by early Christian communities. This book explores visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women. It carefully situates the tomb art within the cultural context of customary Roman commemorations of the dead. Recent scholarship about Roman portrait sarcophagi and the interpretation of early Christian art is also given significant attention. An in-depth review of women‘s history in the first four centuries of Christianity provides important context. A fascinating picture emerges of women‘s authority in the early church, a picture either not available or sadly distorted in the written history. It is often said “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The portrait tombs of fourth-century Christian women suggest that they viewed themselves and/or their loved ones viewed them as persons of authority with religious influence.

#2:

A Woman’s Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity

Carolyn Osiek, Margaret Y. MacDonald

*** $7.99 ***

Since the house was the physical meeting place for early Christian communities until about the end of the second century, in a very real sense investigation of Roman household life is of paramount significance for the study of early Christianity. In addition to considering a wide range of textual evidence from the New Testament, early church writings, and Roman and Jewish sources, the book aims to take account of Roman archaeological evidence for housing and discusses the importance of issues of space and visibility in shaping the lives of early Christian women. Several aspects of women’s everyday existence will be investigated, including the lives of wives, widows, women and children, female slaves, women as patrons, household leaders, and teachers.

#3:

To Love as God Loves: Conversations with the Early Church

Roberta C. Bondi

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Being a Christian means learning to love with God’s love. But God’s love is not a warm feeling in the pit of the stomach. It has definite characteristics we learn in the course of our life, in the behavior and teaching of the early monastics, as we ponder over what we can say about God as God deals with us, and finally, as we model our own lives on what we have learned.

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#4:

Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel

Wilda C. Gafney

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There are untold numbers of female prophets hiding in the masculine grammar and androcentric focus of the Hebrew scriptures. There are women-prophets in the communities around biblical Israel, existing for hundreds of years and even a thousand years before the Israelite and Judean prophets recorded their messages. The rabbinic and Christian fathers analyzed and found more women in the scriptures who function as prophets than the biblical authors identify. All of these female prophets have an intimate connection with the God of Israel; they express that connection by singing, dancing, drumming, speaking with and for God, waging war, performing miracles, exercising statecraft, and giving birth. Each of them is a daughter of Miriam, the mother of all women-prophets. Women prophets gave powerful voice to Yahwist faith at theformative moments in ancient Israel’s development, and wereexpected in biblical visions of the future. Now they come to theforeground as Wilda C. Gafney explores prophetic practices inancient Israel, different models for women’s sacred roles in the NearEastern environment, and changing understandings of women’sleadership in early and rabbinic Judaism as well.

#5:

Liberation and the Cosmos: Conversations with the Elders

Barbara Holmes

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“With the erudition and poetic play of Toni Morrison and the pensive, probing humbleness of Howard Thurman, Liberation and the Cosmos is a tour de force honoring the mystical tradition and engaging voices of our elders with a call for liberation, reminding us that the future is now. Dr. Barbara Holmes’s moving prose celebrates storytellers, dream keepers, and unique liberators, and embraces ancestors as she grapples with questions of freedom juxtaposed against liberation throughout this prophetic work. Through a series of constructive, imaginative conversations framed by a fertile imagination, contextualized by the 1960s civil rights movement, and including notable ancestral voices of law, literature, liberation-activism, music, education, and politics, Holmes renders a prophetic warning against lethargy in the quest for freedom. Quilting together African thought, liberation thought, and mystical imagination, she invites the reader to move toward moral fulfillment and emancipation. This book is a must-read for anyone who dares to engage spiritual energies and is curious about what it means to live a life of holistic liberation.” –Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, professor (retired), scholar, clergy, author, and performer

#6:

Quivering Families: The Quiverfull Movement and Evangelical Theology of the Family

Emily Hunter McGowin

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American evangelicals are known for focusing on the family, but the Quiverfull movement intensifies that focus in a significant way. Often called “Quiverfull” due to an emphasis on filling their “quivers” with as many children as possible (Psalm 127:5), such families are distinguishable by their practices of male-only leadership, homeschooling, and prolific childbirth. Their primary aim is “multigenerational faithfulness” – ensuring their descendants maintain Christian faith for many generations. Many believe this focus will lead to the Christianization of America in the centuries to come. Quivering Families is a first of its kind project that employs history, ethnography, and theology to explore the Quiverfull movement in America. The book considers a study of the movement’s origins, its major leaders and institutions, and the daily lives of its families. Quivering Families argues that despite the apparent strangeness of their practice, Quiverfull is a thoroughly evangelical and American phenomenon. Far from offering a countercultural vision of the family, Quiverfull represents an intensification of longstanding tendencies. The movement reveals the weakness of evangelical theology of the family and underlines the need for more critical and creative approaches.

#7:

Invisible: Theology and the Experience of Asian American Women

Grace Ji-Sun Kim

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“In Invisible, Kim moves with deft sensitivity between concepts of invisibility and erasure, historic legacy and nuanced contemporary reflection, unearthing how a theology of visibility can help redefine the self-knowledge and understanding of Asian Americans and pave the path for new generations to embrace their story as an essential element of the American experience. In this season, love, hope, visibility, and unity matter.”
–Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., president and founder of Rainbow PUSH Coalition and author of Keeping Hope Alive

 

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#8:

A New Climate for Christology: Kenosis, Climate Change, and Befriending Nature

Sallie McFague

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“The late Sallie McFague left us with yet one more amazing gift. In her usual inimitable, clear, and compelling prose, McFague offers Christians a response to the existential threat that climate change poses to our planet and all of its inhabitants.” –Ellen T. Armour, Vanderbilt Divinity School

For decades, Sallie McFague lent her voice and her theological imagination to addressing and advocating for the most important issues of our time. In doing so, she influenced an entire generation and empowered countless people in their efforts to put religion in the service of meeting human needs in difficult times.

In this final book, finished in the year before her death in 2019, McFague summarizes the work of a lifetime with a clear call to live in “such a way that all might flourish.” The way, she argues, is the “kenotic interpretation of Christianity: the odd arrangement whereby in order to gain your life, you must lose it. The way of the cross is total self-emptying so that one can receive life, real life, and then pass this life on.” A masterful and life-giving summing-up of a theology that makes a profound difference for us, our communities, and our planet.

#9:

God and Power: Counter-Apocalyptic Journeys

Catherine Keller

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The questions raised by use of American power and the advent of an “American empire,” Keller argues, reveal a deeply troubled political unconscious that is wrestling with basic religious issues of power, terror, territory, and love. Keller traces our response to the current national, international, and religious situation to the deeply fraught legacy of Christian apocalypticism. Religious and political factions both left and right, she argues, read our situation in apocalyptic terms without truly understanding that complex legacy. After diving deeply into the multiple and conflicting political and religious meanings of the Book of Revelation, she proposes a counter-apocalypse, an anti-imperial political theology of love.

#10:

The Psychology of Christian Nationalism: Why People Are Drawn In and How to Talk Across the Divide

Pamela Cooper-White

*** $5.99 ***

How do we overcome polarization in American society? How do we advocate for justice when one side won’t listen to the other and cycles of outrage escalate? These questions have been pressing for years, but the emergence of a vocal, virulent Christian nationalism have made it even more urgent that we find a way forward. In three brief, incisive chapters Pamela Cooper-White uncovers the troubling extent of Christian nationalism, explores its deep psychological roots, and discusses ways in which advocates for justice can safely and effectively attempt to talk across the deep divides in our society.

 

Fortress Press has long been one of the most prominent publishers of books by women scholars in theology, biblical studies, and adjacent fields. They are currently running a massive ebook sale! If you frequently read theology books, we recommend browsing the full sale:

[ BROWSE THE FULL SALE ]

 

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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