EDITOR'S NOTE: Since publication of this article, it has been discovered that Professor Emeritus of Church and Community Luther E. Smith Jr. served as lead editor and contributor for Understanding What We Believe: A Commentary on The Articles of Religion, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (Revised) (CME Publishing House).

Need a Christmas gift idea for your favorite theologian? Look no further than the six new books published by Candler faculty members in 2016, on subjects ranging from pastoral care and conflict transformation to medieval religious history and new biblical commentary.

scheibAssociate Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology Karen D. Scheib’s latest book, Pastoral Care: Telling the Stories of Our Lives (Abingdon Press), contends that the purpose of pastoral care is to generate stories that promote growth in love of God, self, and others. With a grounding in Wesleyan theology, she re-envisions pastoral care as a rhythm of life within the whole church, rather than a sporadic action taken only in moments of crisis. Scheib’s book was also included in the fall books issue of the Christian Century, selected by fellow scholars as one of the best recently published books in the field of practical theology.

reynoldsPhilip Reynolds, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Medieval Christianity and Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology, published How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments: The Sacramental Theology of Marriage from its Medieval Origins to the Council of Trent (Cambridge University Press), where he examines in depth the intellectual and institutional developments of marriage as a sacrament through the centuries.

marshallAssociate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation Ellen Ott Marshall served as editor of the new volume Conflict Transformation and Religion: Essays on Faith, Power, and Relationship (Palgrave), which also features writing by Elizabeth Corrie, associate professor in the practice of youth education and peacebuilding, and Elizabeth Bounds, associate professor of Christian ethics. Contributors describe the ways that conflict and their efforts to engage it constructively shape their work in classrooms and communities.

smithAssociate Professor of Preaching and Ethics Ted A. Smith coedited a volume in honor of his former Candler colleague, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching Thomas G. Long. The Festschrift, entitled Questions Preachers Ask: Essays in Honor of Thomas G. Long (Westminster John Knox Press), offers guidance from some of the country’s best-known preachers, scholars and authors—including Barbara Brown Taylor and Thomas Lynch, who have both previously taught at Candler in the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and their Impact on Culture.

strawnProfessor of Old Testament Brent A. Strawn served as coeditor on the book The World Around the Old Testament: The People and Places of the Ancient Near East (Baker Academic). Intended for use in Old Testament courses, the volume is organized by geographic region, and features essays by leading experts—including Candler faculty member Joel M. LeMon—who offer comprehensive orientations to the main cultures and people groups of the ancient Near East. There are also more than 80 illustrations throughout the book.

HolladayA new commentary on Acts by Carl R. Holladay, Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament, has recently been published as part of the New Testament Library Series at Westminster John Knox Press. In Acts: A Commentary (WJK), Holladay offers a theological, contextual, and literary interpretation of the biblical book, paying attention to Acts as a rich narrative that accounts for the development of the early Christian church.