The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant, by Michael J. Gorman

For there to be a heresy about the cross, there would have to be an orthodoxy about it. Michael Gorman argues that contentions over how Jesus saves lead to an inadequate grasp of what the Passion means and does.

Short Stories by Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine

Reading Amy-Jill Levine's Short Stories by Jesus, I kept wishing she had published it earlier. It would have saved me some mistakes in the pulpit.

40 Days with the Holy Spirit, by Jack Levison

Levison, who teaches Old Testament at Perkins School of Theology, has made a career of studying Spirit in scripture. He puts his significant learning in accessible form in this book intended for use as inspirational reading over a 40-day period, which could be used for Lent or any time of year.

Found in translation

George Steiner said that "the translator invades, extracts, and brings home." In this remarkable volume, Everett Fox does all of this.

Baptizing empire

Matthew McCullough argues that the Spanish-American War signaled a crucial turning point in American self-understanding and self-justification.