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03 May 2024

This week’s selection: enslaved Christians and the Bible, story behind parables, and how theosis developed

God’s Ghostwriters: Enslaved Christians and the making of the Bible by Candida Moss (William Collins, £25 (Church Times SPECIAL OFFER PRICE £20); 978-0-00-861217-7). Signed copies available while stocks last

“The untold story of how enslaved people created, gave meaning to, and spread the word of the New Testament, shaping the very foundations of Christianity.”

The People of the Parables: Galilee in the time of Jesus by R. Alan Culpepper (WJK, £36 (£32.40); 978-0-664-26884-8).

“Drawing from Greco-Roman history, Second-Temple Jewish studies, archaeology, the social world of the New Testament, parable studies, and the burgeoning literature on Galilee, The People of the Parables describes life in first-century Galilee as it was experienced by the characters in Jesus' parables.”

Theosis and Religion: Participation in divine life in the Eastern and Western traditions by Norman Russell (Cambridge University Press, £22.99 (£20.69); 978-1-108-40633-8).

“Theosis, originally a Greek term for Christian divinisation or deification, has become a vogue word in modern theology. Although recent publications have explored its meaning in a selection of different contexts, this is the first book to offer a coherent narrative of how the concept of theosis developed in both its Eastern and Western versions.

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