On the Shelves features book recommendations from Princeton Seminary faculty and staff to help alumni/ae choose books that contribute to their personal and professional growth.
Sang Hyun Lee, K.C. Han Professor of
Rachelís Cry: Prayer
of Lament and Rebirth of Hope, by Kathleen D. Billman and Daniel L. Migliore (United Church Press, 1999). In the process of discussing the
importance of lament in Christian prayer, the authors address in a very
informed and helpful way the issues involved in caring for bereaved
persons going through the grieving process.
Galilee, Jesus, and the Gospels: Literary Approaches and Historical
Investigations, by Sean Freyne (Fortress Press, 1988). One of the most
important books (including several recent works by Richard A. Horsley) for
an understanding of the theological significance of the Galilean context
of Jesusí ministry.
Kathleen E. McVey, Joseph Ross
Stevenson Professor of Church History
Hidden Pearl: The Aramaic Heritage of the Syrian Orthodox Church, by
Sebastian Brock, David G.K. Taylor, and Witold Witakowski, 3 vols., with
three videos produced by Giacomo Pezzali (books and videos published by
Trans World Film Italia, 2001); available through the Syrian Orthodox
Church in the USA
(firstname.lastname@example.org). An accessible three-volume
history of a major branch of the Christian church: 1) the pre-Christian
Aramaic background; 2) Syriac literature and history of the patristic
period; and 3)
subsequent history in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and eastern Turkey and now
also in Europe and America. Grounded in critical scholarship, beautifully
illustrated, and accompanied by professionally produced videos, this is an
important contribution to understanding the multicultural dimension of
Christianity throughout history.
under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War, edited by Anthony
Arnove (South End Press, 2000). This collection of essays, which includes
contributions from Ali Abunimah, Edward Said, Howard Zinn, and Noam
Chomsky, offers perspectives different from those usually represented in
the media. My interest in the history of this region has brought these
materials to my attention. As our national policies increasingly involve
this part of the world, American clergy and laypersons of all churches
will need to be better informed about all sides of the issues.