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Our Lady of the Rock
Vision and Pilgrimage in the Mojave Desert
Lisa Bitel
In text and photographs, this book explores the monthly religious visions of Maria Paula Acuña at Our Lady of the Rock in California's Mojave Desert.


"Our Lady of the Rock examines the development of a contemporary devotion to the Virgin Mary in the Mojave Desert, led by the visionary Maria Paula Acuña. Lisa Bitel and Matt Gainer brilliantly combine historical and ethnographic analysis with visual documentation of the apparition site and the leader of the group. Fundamental to the devotion of those assembled around Acuña is the fascinating practice of photographing the sky where Our Lady appears. As a result, luminous... cont'd



Francis of Assisi
A New Biography
A tour de force of historical research and biographical writing, Francis of Assisi: A New Biography is divided into two complementary parts—a stand alone biographical narrative and a close, annotated examination of the historical sources about Francis.


"This is not a typical biography of Francis of Assisi (1181–1226). Thompson, a Dominican priest and church historian, bases his biography solidly on verifiable material. He seeks the historical Francis, not the Francis of legend, and succeeds admirably in this task. Anyone interested in Francis will like the first part: a well-written, straightforward biography. In the second part, which will appeal to scholars and more serious readers, Thompson discusses in some detail the sources for... cont'd



Hell and Its Rivals
Death and Retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Early Middle Ages
Alan E. Bernstein
In Hell and Its Rivals, Alan E. Bernstein examines an array of sources from within and beyond the three Abrahamic faiths—including theology, chronicles, legal charters, edifying tales, and narratives of near-death experiences—to analyze the origins and evolution of belief in Hell.



Defiant Priests
Domestic Unions, Violence, and Clerical Masculinity in Fourteenth-Century Catalonia
Michelle Armstrong-Partida
In Defiant Priests, Michelle Armstrong-Partida uses evidence from extraordinary archives in four Catalan dioceses to show that maintaining a family with a domestic partner was not only a custom entrenched in Catalan clerical culture but also an essential component of priestly masculine identity.



Antifundamentalism in Modern America
David Harrington Watt
David Harrington Watt's Antifundamentalism in Modern America gives us a pathbreaking account of the role that the fear of fundamentalism has played—and continues to play—in American culture.



Jacob's Shipwreck
Diaspora, Translation, and Jewish-Christian Relations in Medieval England
Ruth Nisse
Jewish and Christian authors of the High Middle Ages not infrequently came into dialogue or conflict with each other over traditions drawn from ancient writings outside of the bible. Circulating in Hebrew and Latin translations, these included the two independent versions of the Testament of Naphtali. For Ruth Nisse, this is an emblematic text.



Charity and Social Welfare
The Dynamics of Religious Reform in Northern Europe, 1780-1920
This book unravels how the churches in Britain and Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium shaped and adjusted their understanding of poverty. It reveals how they struggled with the "social question" and often also with the modern nation-states to which they belonged.



Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader
Rebecca Krug
In Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader, Rebecca Krug shows how and why Kempe wrote her Book, arguing that in her engagement with written culture she discovered a desire to experience spiritual comfort and to interact with fellow believers who also sought to live lives of intense emotional engagement. 



Afterlife
A History of Life after Death
Philip C. Almond
As Philip C. Almond reveals in his new and zestful history of the hereafter, whichever image or metaphor has been employed by visionaries, writers, philosophers, or theologians, it has tended to oscillate between two contrary poles: the resurrection of the body and the immortality of the soul.



If God Meant to Interfere
American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right
Christopher Douglas
In If God Meant to Interfere, Christopher Douglas shows that American writers struggled to understand and respond to the new social and political force of the Christian Right.



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