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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – August 2022

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in August 2022 :

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

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The Hunger for Home: Food and Meals in the Gospel of Luke

Miroslav Volf / Matthew Croasmun

(Baylor UP)

What do the fields, rivers, and streams that provide food have to do with the God who created them? How do we become at home in this world where so many hunger for food, for companionship, or for the presence of God?

“Scripture is also a feast.” As an invitation to feast at the table of God’s word, The Hunger for Home explores the deepest human longings for home through the simple ingredients of bread, water, wine, and stories. Matthew Croasmun and Miroslav Volf read the meals of the Gospel of Luke as stories of God eating with God’s people. By making a common home with us in this way, God turns all our meals into invitations to eat in God’s home―a home with a seat open for all who are willing. No longer is bread simply fuel for getting through the day, but also a call to be present to the agricultural workers, grocers, chefs, friends, and strangers with whom food connects us: everyone God is calling to the banquet. As Croasmun and Volf show, Luke gives us an image of creation at home by bringing God into the home, as it was always meant to be.


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Race and Rhyme: Rereading the New Testament

Love Lazarus Sechrest

( Eerdmans )

A leading womanist biblical scholar reads passages from the New Testament in dialogue with modern-day issues of racial justice.

The narratives and letters of the New Testament emerged from a particular set of historical contexts that differ from today’s, but they resonate with us because of how the issues they raise “rhyme” with subjects of contemporary relevance. Listening for these echoes of the present in the past, Love Sechrest utilizes her cultural experience and her perspective as a Black woman scholar to reassess passages in the New Testament that deal with intergroup conflict, ethnoracial tension, and power dynamics between dominant and minoritized groups.

After providing an overview of womanist biblical interpretation and related terminology, Sechrest utilizes an approach she calls “associative hermeneutics” to place select New Testament texts in dialogue with modern-day issues of racial justice. Topics include:

  • antiracist allyship and Jesus’s interaction with marginalized individuals in the Gospel of Matthew
  • cultural assimilation and Jesus’s teachings about family and acceptance in the Gospel of Luke
  • gendered stereotypes and the story of the Samaritan woman in the Gospel of John
  • the experience of Black women and girls in the American criminal justice system and the woman accused of adultery in the Gospel of John
  • group identity and the incorporation of Gentiles into the early Jesus movement in Acts
  • privilege and Paul’s claims to apostolic authority in 2 Corinthians
  • coalition-building between diverse groups and the discussion of unity in Ephesians
  • government’s role in providing social welfare and early Christians’ relationship to the Roman Empire in Romans and Revelation

Through these creative and illuminating connections, Sechrest offers a rich bounty of new insights from Scripture—drawing out matters of justice and human dignity that spoke to early Christians and can speak still to Christians willing to listen today.

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