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By Wajdi Mouawad. 2019
Is it really important to cling to our lost identities? A terrorist attack in Jerusalem puts Eitan, a young Israeli-German… genetic researcher, in a coma, while his girlfriend Wahida, a Moroccan graduate student, is left to uncover his family secret that brought them to Israel in the first place. Since Eitan’s parents erupted at a Passover meal when they realized Wahida was not Jewish, he has harboured a suspicion about his heritage that, if true, could change everything. In this sweeping new drama from the prolific Wajdi Mouawad, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hits close to home as a straitlaced family is forced to confront everything they know about their identities.
Media portrayals of Orthodox Jewish women frequently depict powerless, silent individuals who are at best naive to live an Orthodox… lifestyle, and who are at worst, coerced into it. Karen E. H. Skinazi delves beyond this stereotype in Women of Valor to identify a powerful tradition of feminist literary portrayals of Orthodox women, often created by Orthodox women themselves. She examines Orthodox women as they appear in memoirs, comics, novels, and movies, and speaks with the authors, filmmakers, and musicians who create these representations. Throughout the work, Skinazi threads lines from the poem “Eshes Chayil,” the Biblical description of an Orthodox “Woman of Valor.” This proverb unites Orthodoxy and feminism in a complex relationship, where Orthodox women continuously question, challenge, and negotiate Orthodox and feminist values. Ultimately, these women create paths that unite their work, passions, and families under the framework of an “Eshes Chayil,” a woman who situates religious conviction within her own power.
By John Micklethwait. 2009
Two Economistwriters show how and why religion is booming around the world and reveal its vast effects on the global… economy politics and more On the street and in the corridors of power religion is surging worldwide From Russia to Turkey to India nations that swore off faith in the last century or even tried to stamp it out are now run by avowedly religious leaders Formerly secular conflicts like the one in Palestine have taken on an overtly religious cast God Is Backshines a bright light on this hidden world of faith from exorcisms in S o Paulo to religious skirmishing in Nigeria to televangelism in California and house churches in China Since the Enlightenment intellectuals have assumed that modernization would kill religion and that religious America is an oddity As God Is Backargues religion and modernity can thrive together and America is becoming the norm Many things helped spark the global revival of religion including the failure of communism and the rise of globalism But above all twenty-first century religion is being fueled by a very American emphasis on competition and a customer- driven approach to salvation These qualities have characterized this country s faith ever since the Founders separated church and state creating a religious free market defined by entrepreneurship choice and personal revelation As market forces reshape the world the tools and ideals of American evangelism are now spreading everywhere The global rise of faith will have a dramatic and far- reaching impact on our century Indeed its destabilizing effects can already be seen far from Iraq or the World Trade Center Religion plays a role in civil wars from Sri Lanka to Sudan Along the tenth parallel from West Africa to the Philippines religious fervor and political unrest are reinforcing each other God Is Backconcludes by showing how the same American ideas that created our unique religious style can be applied around the globe to channel the rising tide of faith away from volatility and violence
By William Shakespeare, Stephen Orgel, A. R. Braunmuller, William Montgomery, Janis Lull. 2000
The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare series edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative… and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With definitive texts and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
By Joyce Meyer. 2002
By John Barton. 2012
In modern times Amos has come to be considered one of the most important prophets, mainly for his uncompromising message… about social justice. This book provides a detailed exploration of this theme and other important elements of the theology underlying the book of Amos. It also includes chapters on the text itself, providing a critical assessment of how the book came to be, the original message of Amos and his circle, which parts of the book may have been added by later scribes, and the finished form of the book. The author also considers the book's reception in ancient and modern times by interpreters as varied as rabbis, the Church Fathers, the Reformers, and liberation theologians. Throughout, the focus is on how to read the book of Amos holistically to understand the organic development of the prophet's message through the many stages of the book's development and interpretation.
By Lucien Gregoire. 2018
A chilling expos of youth suicide driven by faith Tony Frost Tribune … Child and teen suicide is no stranger to this author I recall gazing at the stillness of my childhood friend in a coffin and the nun telling me that God had taken him back because he had been made of sin He had killed himself because word got out that he had been born out of wedlock Then there was that girl in my high school class who took the easy way out when she found herself with child A few months after I released my biography of John Paul I a gay teen called me and told me that my book had saved his life He had planned to take his life on that day because his faith condemned the person he happened to be During my years with the Children s Home and Hospital School I ve shared in the grief left in the wake of children s notes I have gone to live with Jesus Thousands of mentally and physically impaired among countless others have left the same legacy behind Then we have tragedies like F tima where two little children are saints today because their faith encouraged them to advance their deaths in slow and agonizing ways to suffer and die for sins of the flesh against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a Catholic world that thinks it wonderful While through the years the preacher s hatred has taken its greatest toll in unwed mothers gay and transgender teens and other outcasts of religion his lure of heaven remains the leading cause of pre-puberty suicide today As for F tima I give you much more than the Vatican s beatification investigation which found these children tortured themselves with abrasive ropes and stinging nettles and abstained from drinking water on hot days As for me I must live out my days haunted by children s lives snuffed out by the preacher s irresponsible bluff because I had not acted sooner Thousands of tiny coffins lowered into the ground so that the preacher can sell his condominiums in the sky to sheep who lust for more Lucien Gregoire Though the author dismantles traditional concepts of heaven as peddled by preachers he leaves us with far greater opportunity as he proves the salvation tenet of the 33-Day Pope Don t knock yourself out over smart monkeys and Adam and Eve Each of us is responsible for our own evolution We can either choose to remain as mortal men or we can evolve as Gods
By Ian Forrest. 2018
The medieval church was founded on and governed by concepts of faith and trust--but not in the way that is… popularly assumed Offering a radical new interpretation of the institutional church and its social consequences in England Ian Forrest argues that between 1200 and 1500 the ability of bishops to govern depended on the cooperation of local people known as trustworthy men and shows how the combination of inequality and faith helped make the medieval church Trustworthy men in Latin virifidedigni were jurors informants and witnesses who represented their parishes when bishops needed local knowledge or reliable collaborators Their importance in church courts at inquests and during visitations grew enormously between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries The church had to trust these men and this trust rested on the complex and deep-rooted cultures of faith that underpinned promises and obligations personal reputation and identity and belief in God But trust also had a dark side For the church to discriminate between the trustworthy and untrustworthy was not to identify the most honest Christians but to find people whose status ensured their word would not be contradicted This meant men rather than women and usually the wealthier tenants and property holders in each parish Trustworthy Men illustrates the ways in which the English church relied on and deepened inequalities within late medieval society and how trust and faith were manipulated for political ends
By Daniel Philpott, Timothy Samuel Shah. 2018
The global persecution of Christians is an urgent human rights issue that remains under-reported P P This… volume presents the results of the first systematic global investigation into how Christians respond to persecution World-class scholars of global Christianity present first-hand research from most of the sites of the harshest persecution as well as the West and Latin America Their findings make clear the nature of persecution the reasons for it Christian responses to it - both non-violent and confrontational - and the effects of these responses Motivating the volume is the hope that this knowledge will empower all who would exercise solidarity with the world s persecuted Christians and will offer the victims strategies for a more effective response This book is written for anyone concerned about the persecution of Christians or more generally about the human right of religious freedom including scholars activists political and religious leaders and those who work for international organizations P Brings attention to the under-reported plight of persecuted Christians P Includes details of persecution in twenty-four countries P Will help activists and officials respond more effectively to persecution
By Gary Thomas, Juli Slattery. 2018
This ground-breaking resource challenges and equips Christians to think and act biblically and compassionately in matters of sexuality.Sexual abuse, sex… addiction, gender confusion, brokenness, and shame plague today's world, and people are seeking clarity and hope. By contesting long-held cultural paradigms, this book equips you to see how sexuality is rooted in the broader context of God's heart and His work for us on earth. It provides a framework from which to understand the big picture of sexual challenges and wholeness, and helps you recognize that every sexual question is ultimately a spiritual one. It shifts the paradigm from combating sexual problems to confidently proclaiming and modeling the road to sacred sexuality. Instead of arguing with the world about what's right and wrong about sexual choices, this practical resource equips you to share the love and grace of Jesus as you encounter the pain of sexual brokenness--your own or someone else's.
By J. Lorand Matory. 2005
Black Atlantic Religion illuminates the mutual transformation of African and African-American cultures highlighting the example of the Afro-Brazilian Candombl… religion This book contests both the recent conviction that transnationalism is new and the long-held supposition that African culture endures in the Americas only among the poorest and most isolated of black populations In fact African culture in the Americas has most flourished among the urban and the prosperous who through travel commerce and literacy were well exposed to other cultures Their embrace of African religion is less a survival or inert residue of the African past than a strategic choice in their circum-Atlantic multicultural world With counterparts in Nigeria the Benin Republic Haiti Cuba Trinidad and the United States Candombl is a religion of spirit possession dance healing and blood sacrifice Most surprising to those who imagine Candombl and other such religions as the products of anonymous folk memory is the fact that some of this religion s towering leaders and priests have been either well-traveled writers or merchants whose stake in African-inspired religion was as much commercial as spiritual Morever they influenced Africa as much as Brazil Thus for centuries Candombl and its counterparts have stood at the crux of enormous transnational forces Vividly combining history and ethnography Matory spotlights a so-called folk religion defined not by its closure or internal homogeneity but by the diversity of its connections to classes and places often far away Black Atlantic Religion sets a new standard for the study of transnationalism in its subaltern and often ancient manifestations
By Sumaia A. Al-Kohlani. 2018
In this book Al-Kohlani examines fifty-five Muslim and non-Muslim countries from 1960 to 2010 in response to … religious theory that associates certain religions with gender inequality and modernization theory which downplays the role of religion on gender inequity and associates gender inequality with socioeconomic factors The author explores both schools of thought and posits that on average Muslim countries have lower educational equality in comparison to non-Muslim countries with less religious constitution An interdisciplinary study drawn from the fields of world politics public policy in education and political religion this book responds not only to debates within academia but also to larger debates in society about the role of religion in the state the specific challenges of the relationship of Islam and the public policies and the relationship between constitution and gender equality
By Alexander Leggatt. 1972
This is the first book to survey comprehensively the field of Elizabethan and Jacobean citizen comedy. Most studies of the… period focus on major authors; this one follows recurring themes and motifs, through a variety of plays by many authors from the moralizing comedies of the boys' companies. Professor Leggatt provides not only a fresh perspective on familiar plays by such figures as Jonson, Middleton, and Dekker, but also a new look at a number of neglected comedies, some by unfamiliar authors, some by major authors working together. Standard figures – the usurer, the prodigal, and the prostitute – and standard plots – notably intrigues based on money or sex (or both) – are traced to show the changes that occur in apparently stereotyped material at the hands of individual authors. The result is to display the range and internal variety of a genre that too often is seen as all of a piece, and to show the different ways in which social thinking can interact with the demands and comic form.This book will interest students of Renaissance English drama, both for its treatment of a neglected type of play and for its comments on individual citizen comedies. Those who are concerned with drama as a vehicle for social commentary will find many points for discussion.
By Manfred Hoffman. 1993
Departing from the traditional focus on Erasmus as philologist and moralist Rhetoric and Theology shows how Erasmus attempted to… interpret Scripture by way of a rhetorical theology that focuses on the figurative metaphorical quality of language with a view to moral and theological reform Manfred Hoffmann concentrates on the theological scources of Erasmus hermeneutic from 1518 to 1535 especially the Ratio verae theologiae the Ecclesiastes and the exegesis of Old and New Testament texts He shows that Erasmus hermeneutic is based on the concept of language as mediation Words do not have the power to represent the truth unambiguously but they appeal to our understanding in ways that draw us to the truth through the process of interpretation For Erasmus it is through allegory that the divine Word carries out its mediation between letter and spirit Erasmus used the tools of rhetoric to read and understand Scripture and thereby constructed a theological framework that has a direct relationship with his hermeneutic Rhetorical theologians imitate the invention disposition inverbation and delivery of divine speech by clarifying its composition ordering its subject matter internalizing its content and communicating its transforming power of persuasion Rhetoric provided Erasmus with the tools for finding theological loci in Scripture drawing from it a repertoire for knowing and living and translating it into sacred oratory
By Martin Sherman, Tennessee Williams. 1958
Two of Tennessee Williams's most revered dramas in a single paperback edition for the first time. Orpheus Descending is a… love story, a plea for spiritual and artistic freedom, as well as a portrait of racism and intolerance. When charismatic drifter Valentine Xavier arrives in a Mississippi Delta town with his guitar and snakeskin jacket, he becomes a trigger for hatred and a magnet for three outcast souls: storekeeper Lady Torrance, "lewd vagrant" Carol Cutrere, and religious visionary Vee Talbot. Suddenly Last Summer, described by its author as a "short morality play," has become one of his most notorious works due in no small part to the film version starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift that shocked audiences in 1959. A menacing tale of madness, jealousy, and denial,the horrors in Suddenly Last Summer build to a heart-stopping conclusion. With perceptive new introductions by playwright Martin Sherman -- he reframes Orpheus Descending in a political context and explores the psychology and sensationalism surrounding Suddenly Last Summer -- this volume also offers Williams's related essay, "The Past, the Present, and the Perhaps," and a chronology of the playwright's life and works.
By Madeleine L'Engle, Rachel Held Evans. 1986
In this book for the curious spiritual seeker Madeleine L Engle offers relevant lessons drawn from the life… of Jacob from the Old Testament P P Here the son of Isaac becomes a spiritual companion to L Engle equipping her to deal with earthly and psychological struggles Throughout her journey L Engle offers contemporary answers to questions that burden modern day readers and believers With her customary fearlessness and candor she broaches such topics as the significance of angels redemption sexual identity forgiveness and the seemingly constant conflict between good and evil P Madeleine L Engle possesses the same ambidextrous skill of storytelling as other literary giants including C S Lewis and George MacDonald Her fictional stories appeal to generations of readers and are equally embraced in both the secular and religious markets But it is her ability in her nonfiction to engage with the historical text of the Bible through a dynamic unpacking of protagonists antagonists and matters of faith that establishes the Genesis Trilogy as a highly treasured collection of spiritual writings P A Stone for a Pillow acts as a compass for those traveling through the tumultuous landscape of faith in our cynical and divisive modern culture
By Madeleine L'Engle, Rachel Held Evans. 1983
In the first book of her Genesis Trilogy beloved author Madeleine L Engle casts long loving and… perceptive glances not only at the created universe but also at its Creator P P L Engle often crafted stories that dealt with the complexities of the universe navigating time and space religion and science with uncanny ease and insight This skill--most famously demonstrated in A Wrinkle in Time--is showcased in this nonfiction work And It Was Good through her ability to see the connection between Made and Maker at every level She examines the vast beauty order and complexity of our world with enthusiasm and reverence illuminating the characteristics of God the first poet P Madeleine L Engle possesses the same ambidextrous skill of storytelling as other literary giants including C S Lewis and George MacDonald Her fictional stories appeal to generations of readers and are equally embraced in both the secular and religious markets P But it is her ability in her nonfiction to engage with the historical text of the Bible through a dynamic unpacking of protagonists antagonists and matters of faith that establishes The Genesis Trilogy as a highly treasured collection of spiritual writings And It Was Good beautifully approaches both the biblical text and creation itself with an intelligence and sensitivity that appeals to all seekers looking for a fresh communion with God in the natural world
By Madeleine L'Engle, Rachel Held Evans. 1989
Is Joseph--the deserted son of Jacob from the Old Testament--relevant in our modern age?<P><P> For Madeleine L'Engle, the answer is… a resounding yes; not solely because Joseph is an important historical character, but primarily because his experiences of disenfranchisement, tragedy, and profound betrayal resonate within our own society. <P>These thoughtful meditations on obedience, prophecy, forgiveness, and compassion are masterfully woven to bridge gaps of belief, politics, education, and even faith. In this, L'Engle's third book of her Genesis Trilogy, the author draws on the death of her husband to provide comfort and inspiration to those who suffer grief, loneliness, and doubt. <P>Madeleine L'Engle possesses the same ambidextrous skill of storytelling as other literary giants, including C. S. Lewis and George MacDonald. Her fictional stories appeal to generations of readers, and are equally embraced in both the secular and religious markets. But it is her ability in her nonfiction work to engage with the historical text of the book of Genesis through a dynamic unpacking of protagonists, antagonists, and matters of faith that establishes the Genesis Trilogy as a highly treasured collection of spiritual writings. <P>The wisdom, gentleness, and insight of Sold into Egypt offers readers practical advice on clinging to hope, even in the midst of loss and disappointment.
By Pamela Steinke. 1990
Good Morning God is a daily devotional encounter with Christ A book to be… read again and again dog-eared under-lined and treasured It speaks to the deepest needs of the heart ofmankind in a refreshingly unique manner This collection of treasures from the heart of God was recorded by an ordinary person who cared to listen These daily messages lifted her from fear to trust from depression to joy from anxiety to peace They can do the same for you Good Morning God is not just a book - it is an experience Taste and see that the Lord IS good
By Ron Auch. 1998
Charles Spurgeon once said that as Christians, we should become addicted to prayer. For the whole follower of Christ, there… can be no other way. Author and prayer seminar leader Ron Auch has understood this since listening to Dick Eastman speak on the subject many years ago. Auch's Pray-Tell Ministries takes him all over the world, as people hunger to develop a prayer life, not just learn to pray. Here then, in book form, is a simple, step-by-step guide for developing that elusive prayer life and turning it into a sweet fellowship with God. Auch maintains that no question is too simple, as he explains to us such things as: where do I pray? What do I say in prayer? Do I have to find a special place, or assume a certain posture to come to God's throne? The answers will relieve you and start you on the road to powerful prayer.