The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation

By James C. Russell

Whereas historians of Christianity have regularly stated some extent of Germanic impact within the improvement of early medieval Christianity, Russell is going extra, arguing for a primary Germanic reinterpretation of Christianity. this primary full-scale remedy of the topic follows a very interdisciplinary strategy, utilizing to the early medieval interval a sociohistorical technique just like that which has already confirmed fruitful in explicating the historical past of Early Christianity and overdue Antiquity. The come upon of the Germanic peoples with Christianity is studied from in the better context of the stumble upon of a predominantly "world-accepting" Indo-European folk-religiosity with predominantly "world-rejecting" non secular events. whereas the 1st a part of the publication develops a normal version of non secular transformation for such encounters, the second one half applies this version to the Germano-Christian state of affairs. Russell indicates how a Christian missionary coverage of transitority lodging inadvertently contributed to a reciprocal Germanization of Christianity.

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Livre de la vie

By Teresa of Ávila

Dans cette autobiographie spirituelle, achevée en 1562, Thérèse d'Avila montre l. a. valeur providentielle de ce qui lui arrive (son entrée au couvent, l. a. grave maladie qui los angeles frappe, ses visions, enfin sa réforme du Carmel). Consciente des contraintes de l. a. vie matérielle, elle a voulu que ses newbies sachent lire et écrire, afin d'accueillir des femmes d'esprit, capables de résister à los angeles tentation d'un mysticisme de pacotille. Elle a su unir, en un infrequent équilibre, spiritualité et motion. Si ce texte est toujours lu avec ardour, y compris par ceux qui ne partagent pas los angeles foi de son auteur, c'est en raison de sa portée universelle et de son originalité : l'exploration, par une femme, de son espace intérieur. Thérèse en a european l'intuition : dans le Livre de l. a. vie, elle ne s'adresse pas seulement à ses directeurs de judgment of right and wrong mais à tous ceux qui vont l. a. lire. On découvre ainsi dans l. a. grande mystique espagnole un grand auteur.

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The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity

By Cynthia Bourgeault

Mary Magdalene is among the such a lot influential symbols within the historical past of Christianity—yet, for those who glance within the Bible, you’ll locate just a handful of verses that talk of her. How did she develop into the sort of compelling saint within the face of such paltry proof? In her attempt to respond to that query, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church culture, paintings, legend, and newly chanced on texts to work out what’s there. She then applies her personal reasoning and instinct, trained via the knowledge of the ages-old Christian contemplative culture. What emerges is a thorough view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus’s most crucial disciple, the only he thought of to appreciate his educating most sensible. That instructing was once characterised by means of a nondualistic method of the area and by means of a deep knowing of the price of the female. Cynthia indicates how an figuring out of Mary Magdalene can revitalize modern Christianity, how Christians and others can, via her, locate their option to Jesus’s unique teachings and observe them to their sleek lives.

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A Bethlehem Christmas: Celebrating the Joyful Season

By Charles R. Swindoll

The global replaced eternally one Bethlehem evening. Best-selling writer Charles R. Swindoll invitations us to chill and luxuriate in his own and fascinating retelling of the 1st Christmas tale. Combining either regal secret and humble human adventure, the ebook makes a speciality of 4 significant characters: Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, and Immanuel. A Bethlehem Christmas offers biblical perception with the center and heat of a talented storyteller to carry what occurred on the nativity to life and renew the pleased desire of Christmas.

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By Randy Alcorn

What is going to heaven be like? Randy Alcorn provides a completely biblical resolution, in accordance with years of cautious research, awarded in a fascinating, reader-friendly sort. His conclusions will shock readers and stretch their pondering this significant topic. Heaven will encourage readers to lengthy for heaven whereas they're dwelling in the world.

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The Bible: A Biography (Books That Changed the World)

By Karen Armstrong

As the only paintings on the center of Christianity, the world’s biggest geared up faith, the Bible is the non secular advisor for one out of each 3 humans on this planet. it's also the world’s most generally allotted publication and its best-selling, with an expected six billion copies bought within the final 200 years. however the Bible is a posh paintings with a sophisticated and imprecise background. Its contents have replaced over the centuries, it's been reworked through translation and, via interpretation, has built manifold meanings to numerous religions, denominations, and sects.

In this seminal account, acclaimed historian Karen Armstrong discusses the notion, gestation, existence, and afterlife of history’s strongest publication. Armstrong analyzes the social and political scenario within which oral background changed into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was once accumulated into one paintings, and the way it grew to become accredited as Christianity’s sacred textual content, and the way its interpretation replaced through the years. Armstrong’s historical past of the Bible is a superb, fascinating e-book, an important in an age of declining religion and emerging fundamentalism.

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Nazarene Jewish Christianity: From the End of the New Testament Period Until Its Disappearance in the Fourth Century

A accomplished learn of the quick heirs of the earliest Jerusalem church, their relatives with either synagogue and the turning out to be Gentile church. Dr. Pritz analyzes all resources, Jewish, Christian, and pagan, which could throw gentle at the sect and its final mysterious disappearance. He bargains additionally with the Birkat haMinim and the historicity of the flight to Pella.

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Jewish Gnosticism, Merkabah Mysticism, and Talmudic Tradition

The outline under refers to an alternative Paperback variation, which might be came across at This little ebook provides Gershom Scholem discoveries within the sector of Jewish Gnosticism which cross at the back of of what he already did in his “Major developments in Jewish Mysticism”. the following, Scholem offers an intensive second look of traditions embedded in Hekhalot Books preserved in Rabbinic circles which had retained deep attachment to Pharisaism. Having underrated the antiquity of those texts, such a lot students hence have been not able to correctly evaluation the phenomenon. Gnosticism, a non secular flow that believed in mystical esotericism for the go with derived from illumination and the purchase of the data of heavenly issues, now turns out to were on the subject of the very center of Judaism in Roman Palestine and in keeping with Scholem needs to be ascribed to both the Tannaitic or the early Amoraic interval. Did the differentiation of the top God and Demiurge, supposedly God of Israel, preceded the increase of Christianity and probably served as some extent of departure for definite Christian heresies? Scholem indicates that records of Christian Gnosticism presuppose the lifestyles of simple conceptions of Merkabah Mysticism and derides students who glance towards Iranian assets…

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The Robe

A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's gown as a playing prize. He then units forth on a quest to discover the reality in regards to the Nazarene's robe-a quest that reaches to the very roots and center of Christianity and is determined opposed to the vividly limned history of historical Rome. here's a undying tale of experience, religion, and romance, a story of non secular longing and supreme redemption.

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