James Wetherbee

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The Bible with and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently

Previously, Levine and Brettler have provided support for the idea that Christians and Jews should view the New Testament as Jewish literature. Here, they go a step further to argue that the scriptures that some call the Old Testament and others the Tanakh owe their meanings to the communities in which their interpretations have developed, effectively showing how the separate interpretations may never converge, but the integrity of each can be appreciated.
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Beautiful and Terrible Things: A Christian Struggle with Suffering, Grief, and Hope

Brady's sensitivity to his grief and his varied background provides something for a wide audience. The book is both intensely personal and clear-eyed, unflinching yet hopeful.

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Teach Us To Pray: The Lord’s Prayer in the Early Church and Today

An approachable introduction to a most familiar, yet profound biblical passage. The use of ancient material is one of the strengths of González’s exploration, allowing readers to gain a deeper appreciation of this simple prayer.

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In the Name of God: The Role of Religion in the Modern World; A History of Judeo-Christian and Islamic Tolerance

A worthwhile read for secular liberals wishing to advocate for mutual respect and open-mindedness among various religious groups.
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Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation’s Capital and Redeem a Christian America

Kerby’s analysis of conservative evangelicals throughout American history would stand on its own without the emphasis on Washington, DC, but the capital uniquely concentrates the current dynamics, with the conversations encountered adding nuance to this powerful constituency.
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Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us About Freedom

Nikondeha combines a solid exegetical background with an expansive imagination that knits together themes of resistance and support. Any reader wishing to find the personal within universal themes will be well served.

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Job: A New Translation

This translation is a distilled magnum opus that should serve as an exemplar of a neglected school of thought in interpreting Job.

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