Lots of Baptism

Requested by Joshua Appel This meticulously researched book recounts how the early sixteenth-century Reformers, steering a course between the old Latin rites on the one hand and the Anabaptist movement on the other, developed a baptismal service that they understood to be reformed according to Scripture. Hughes Oliphant Old’s study shows the Reformed baptismal rite…

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New Swag

Term officially approved by Chris Schlect and George Grant. Requested by Joshua Appel In this book, Phillip Cary argues that Augustine invented the concept of the self as a private inner space-a space into which one can enter and in which one can find God. Although it has often been suggested that Augustine in some…

Translation

New books! Requested by Tim Edwards The near sacrifice and miraculous restoration of a beloved son is a central but largely overlooked theme in both Judaism and Christianity. This book explores how this notion of child sacrifice constitutes an overlooked bond between the two religions. Requested by Jayson Grieser In this brief book, two New…

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Herodotus and People

Here’s the new stuff this week! Requested by David Erb Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition, Third Edition, explores the conceptual frameworks that have shaped musical development from antiquity to the present. In a lively narrative that prompts readers to think both critically and creatively, Douglass Seaton uses historical documents from thinkers, artists,…

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Esolen Coolness

What’s up?  These pieces of sheer awesome. Requested by Jayson Grieser “Professor Esolen’s translation of Dante’s Inferno is the best one I have seen, for two reasons. His decision to use unrhymed blank verse allows him to come nearly as close to the meaning of the original as any prose reading could do, and allows…

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Big Names

Some big cheeses arrived today.  Here’s what’s new: Requested by Jayson Grieser (and several seniors) Translated by Luigi Ricci, Revised by E.R.P. Vincent, Introduction by Max Lerner Requested by Jayson Grieser Mandelbaum’s astonishingly Dantean translation, which captures so much of the life of the original, renders whole for us the masterpiece of that genius whom our…

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Lots of Baptism

New stuff! Requested by Ben Merkle Muller’s dictionary is a tremendous work and tool for those who need or desire to know what all of those italicized words really mean. First published in 1985, my edition is from 2006 and says it is the seventh printing. There are (many) reasons for this. First, Muller’s preface…