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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – November 2022

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

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

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Theology Books November 2022

Tolkien Dogmatics: Theology through Mythology with the Maker of Middle-earth

Austin M. Freeman

(Lexham Press)

J. R. R. Tolkien was many things: English Catholic, father and husband, survivor of two world wars, Oxford professor, and author. But he was also a theologian. Tolkien’s writings exhibit a coherent theology of God and his works, but Tolkien did not present his views with systematic arguments. Rather, he expressed theology through story.

In Tolkien Dogmatics, Austin M. Freeman inspects Tolkien’s entire corpus―The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and beyond―as a window into his theology. In his stories, lectures, and letters, Tolkien creatively and carefully engaged with his Christian faith. Tolkien Dogmatics is a comprehensive manual of Tolkien’s theological thought arranged in traditional systematic theology categories, with sections on God, revelation, creation, evil, Christ and salvation, the church, and last things. Through Tolkien’s imagination, we reencounter our faith.


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Theology Books November 2022

Rethinking the Atonement: New Perspectives on Jesus’s Death, Resurrection, and Ascension

David Moffitt

(Baker Academic)

Traditional views of the atonement tend to be reductive, focusing solely on Jesus’s death on the cross. In his 2011 groundbreaking book Atonement and the Logic of Resurrection in the Epistle to the Hebrews, David Moffitt challenged that paradigm, showing how the atonement is a fuller process. It involves not only Jesus’s death but also his resurrection, ascension, offering, and exaltation.

In the succeeding years, Moffitt has continued to expand and clarify his thinking on this issue. This book offers a more fulsome articulation of his work on the atonement that reflects his recent thinking on the topic. Moffitt continues to challenge reductive views of the atonement, primarily from the book of Hebrews, but he engages other New Testament passages as well. He offers fresh insights on sacrifice and atonement, the importance of resurrection and ascension, Jesus’s role as priest, and a new perspective on Hebrews.

This important book brings Moffitt’s award-winning and influential scholarship to a broader audience. The book includes a foreword by N. T. Wright.

*** Which of these theology books of November 2022 do you want to read first?

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