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Apocalyptic Imaginations
Ed. by Clare K. Rothschild

From the Publisher: "This imaginative new book is a collection of creative student essays written in apocalyptic genre as a means of interpreting political crises of our time. Rothschild, Professor of Theology, Lewis University, selected twenty student essays from her class entitled "Special Topics: Revelation and Other Apocalypses" (19-215-1), and these essays are included in this book. The crises spots that the students chose to write about include ISIS in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Israel-Palestine, Syria, Sudan, North Korea, South China Sea, East China Sea, and Ukraine. This book will be of interest to professors and students exploring apocalyptic literature as well as to anyone sympathetic with those living in these crises spots. Rothschild has included a classroom worksheet entitled "Anatomy of an Apocalypse" as an appendix."

The History of Religions School Today THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS SCHOOL TODAY
Essays on the New Testament and
Related Ancient Mediterranean Texts
Ed. by Thomas R. Blanton IV, Robert M. Calhoun, and Clare K. Rothschild

The present volume offers a glimpse at one currently thriving expression of the distinguished history of religions school approach to the New Testament and early Christian literature. Begun circa 1884 at the University of Göttingen and pioneered by scholars such as Albert Eichhorn, Wilhelm Bousset, Johannes Weiss, and William Wrede, today applications of this approach are diverse. Scholars adapt the method, incorporating the latest technologies and insights, to optimize the school’s original goal of accurate biblical interpretation. In North America, the University of Chicago has long been a hub of this type of investigation. Over the last century, many of these Chicago studies have produced groundbreaking results. Still, the approach has never been without its critics. Applying the history of religions school approach to a range of interesting topics and themes, the essays in this collection demonstrate against current opposition how the history of religions school continues to steer scholarly innovation in the field of New Testament studies by offering constructive new interpretations of early Christian and other writings and advancing discussion in key areas of research.


Paul in Athens

The Popular Religious Context of Acts 17

Clare K. Rothschild

Paul’s visit to Athens, in particular his Areopagus speech, is one of the most well known excerpts of early Christian literature. It is the most significant speech by Paul to a Gentile audience in Acts and functions as a literary crest of the overall narrative. Yet at the same time the speech is brief and possesses few specifically Christian terms. Critical analyses describe it as eclectic—an ad hoc blend of Greek and Jewish elements. In this study, Clare K. Rothschild explores how the apparently miscellaneous and impromptu components of Paul’s speech and visit to Athens cohere when compared to the nexus of ubiquitously popular second-century traditions crystallized around the ancient Cretan prophet Epimenides. More information is available at the Mohr-Siebeck website.


Galen's De Indolentia

Essays on a Newly Discovered Letter

edited by Clare K. Rothschild and Trevor W. Thompson

In 2005 a French doctoral student discovered the long-lost treatise, De indolentia (Περὶ ἀλυπησίας/ἀλυπίας) or On the Avoidance of Distress in a monastic library in Thessalonica. This volume includes a brand new English translation of the text, a collation of all discrepancies among the leading critical editions of the Greek text, and essays by eminent Classicists and scholars in the field of early Christianity on different aspects of this fascinating new text. More information is available at the Mohr-Siebeck website.