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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – February 2021

February 2021 Theology Books

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in February 2021 :

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

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February 2021 Theology Books

Delivered Out of Empire: Pivotal Moments in the Book of Exodus, Part One

Walter Brueggemann

WJK Books

The Pivotal Moments in the Old Testament Series helps readers see Scripture with new eyes, highlighting short, key texts pivotal moments that shift our expectations and invite us to turn toward another reality transformed by God’s purposes and action.

The book of Exodus brims with dramatic stories familiar to most of us: the burning bush, Moses’ ringing proclamation to Pharaoh to “Let my people go,” the parting of the Red Sea. These signs of God s liberating agency have sustained oppressed people seeking deliverance over the ages. But Exodus is also a complex book. Reading the text firsthand, one encounters multilayered narratives: about entrenched socioeconomic systems that exploit the vulnerable, the mysterious action of the divine, and the giving of a new law meant to set the people of Israel apart. How does a contemporary reader make sense of it all? And what does Exodus have to say about our own systems of domination and economic excess?

In Delivered out of Empire, Walter Brueggemann offers a guide to the first half of Exodus, drawing out pivotal moments in the text to help readers untangle it. Throughout, Brueggemann shows how Exodus consistently reveals a God in radical solidarity with the powerless.



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A Nonviolent Theology of Love: Peacefully Confessing the Apostles Creed

Sharon Baker Putt

Fortress Press

The impetus behind the ease with which the church has periodically justified violent behavior lies in its conceptual image of God as a violent deity. This book emerges out of a passion to think differently–albeit biblically–about the character of God and articulates a theological construction of a nonviolent God–an alternative to any image of God that seems to condone human violence. It calls the church to rethink theology as something other than what might be termed “redemptive violence” and encourages Christians to reinterpret Scripture and traditional theological beliefs in ways that are more faithful to the God disclosed in Jesus of Nazareth.

Students of theology need a fresh glimpse of the love, mercy, and redemptive power of God through Jesus. As it follows the structure of the Apostles’ Creed through the various theological topics, this book reminds Christians to share in God’s desires for peace and love and to recommit themselves to the call of God to be “ministers of reconciliation” and lovers of both neighbors and enemies even while, at times, responding to violence with nonviolent resistance.

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