In this series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
Penguin Books, 2017
Edited and translated, with notes, by William R. Russell, former Resident Scholar
This “Penguin Classics Luther” edition of the 95 theses contains selections from the Reformer’s most evocative and provocative writings, freshly translated, for the 21st century. These documents, which span the Reformer’s literary career, point to the enduring and flexible character of his central ideas. As Luther’s reform proposals emerged, they coalesced around some basic priorities, which he delivered in wide-ranging settings. This book demonstrates Luther’s range and provides entry points, for non-specialists and specialists alike, into his life and thought. Encounter Luther in his own words in The Ninety-Five Theses and Other Writings.
Cambridge University Press, 2017
Translated by Saana Svärd and Charles Halton, summer writing workshop participant
Women’s Writing of Ancient Mesopotamia presents fresh and engaging translations of works that were composed or edited by female scribes and elite women of the ancient Near East. These texts provide insight into the social status, struggles, and achievements of women during the earliest periods of recorded human history (c.2300–540 BCE). In three introductory chapters and a concluding chapter, Charles Halton and Saana Svärd provide an overview of the civilization of ancient Mesopotamia and examine gender by analyzing these different kinds of texts. The translations cover a range of genres, including hymns, poems, prayers, letters, inscriptions, and oracles. Each text is accompanied by a short introduction that situates the composition within its ancient environment and explores what it reveals about the lives of women within the ancient world. This anthology will serve as an essential reference book for scholars and students of ancient history, gender studies, and world literature.
Westminster John Knox Press, 2017
Edited by Adam Copeland, summer writing workshop participant
Everyone knows that stewardship is more than money and finances. But we seldom explore the profound concept of stewardship in its many dimensions, including stewardship of time, work, body, mind, spirit, community, technology, and more. Beyond the Offering Plate does just that.
Written by engaging pastors, seminary professors, and church leaders, this unique resource offers a diverse and holistic approach to stewardship. Readers will learn how they can engage with stewardship on a regular basis. The book includes questions for reflection, applications for life together, and biblical references and preaching themes.