February 15, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Publishers Weekly looks at this season's religion books

Here are the ones that grabbed my attention (in no particular order):

On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz: 25 Years of Pre-Dawn Car Trips,
Mind-Blowing Encounters and Inspiring Conversations with a Man of Wisdom
(Aug., $24.95) by Arthur Kurzweil recalls more than two decades of traveling with the rabbi.

Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality: The Inner Life of Jews of the Ottoman Empire (Apr., $24.99) by Rabbi Marc Angel delves into the spiritual underpinning of SephardicJudaism.

Traces of God: Seeing God in Torah, History and Everyday Life
(Apr., $21.99) by Rabbi Neil Gillman details the ways that people shape their relationships with God.

Out of the Cave: Philosophical Inquiry into Dead Sea Scrolls Research
(June, $45) by Edna Ullmann-Margalit discusses contesting theories regarding the 11 scrolls.

Scrolls of Love: Ruth and the Song of Songs
(June, $26), edited by Peter S. Hawkins and Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg, pulls together the views of diverse interpreters.

The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People
(Mar., $24) by Cathleen Falsani. The syndicated columnist interviews well-known personages about their beliefs.

Face to Face: Gay and Lesbian Clergy on Holiness and Life Together

(Mar., $18 paper) by Jeffrey Heskins records the views of clergy who are ordained in the Anglican church and who live with partners of the same sex.

Essene Book of Everyday Virtues (Mar., $14.95 paper) by Kenneth Hanson. The Hebrew scholar presents a handbook for living spiritually.

Inside the Red Tent
(Aug., $12.99 paper) by Sandra Hack Polaski unravels the facts behind the popular novel The Red Tent.

The Papacy, the Jews and the Holocaust (Mar., $59.95) by Frank J. Coppa is a history of the relationship between the papacy and Jews in the modern age.

The Truth Is Out There: Christian Faith and the Classics of TV Science Fiction (June, $18.99 paper) by Thomas Bertonneau and Kim Paffenroth discovers Christian messages in six SF TV series.

The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims(July, $24.95) by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Joan Chittister, O.S.B., and Saadi Shakur Chishti. Three religious thinkers use the story of Abraham to deepen interfaith understanding.

Abraham: The First Historical Biography (Apr., $26.95) by David Rosenberg centralizes the biblical Abraham and his world. 

Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America-An Evangelical's Lament
(July, $24) by Randall Balmer argues that evangelical leaders have hijacked the Christian faith on behalf of the Republican Party.

A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar (May, $17.95 paper) by Ira Stone tells about a late 19th-century Jewish renewal movement with a focus on ethics.


When you get more information about Inside the Red Tent, please post it -- because there's nothing about it on the Web.

Posted by: Nostradamus at February 19, 2006 1:11 PM

I love the idea of the Essene Book of Virtues. I may just order it and read it. It really sounds like the setup to some punchline.

Posted by: David H. at February 23, 2006 10:22 AM
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