With Christmas approaching, there’s no better gift for the theologian in your life than one of these new titles from members of Candler’s distinguished faculty. Whether it’s a groundbreaking social justice movement, a new prescription for reading the Old Testament, or a collection of sermons and addresses commemorating the Candler Centennial, the books published in 2017 cover a wide array of topics relevant to seminarians, clergy, and lay people alike. 

Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling Gregory C. Ellison II’s latest book, Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice (Westminster John Knox), explains and explores his innovative program “Fearless Dialogues,” walking readers through the steps to find common ground in our divided communities and then to implement genuine and lasting change.

Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament Carl R. Holladay, recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, published Introduction to the New Testament: Reference Edition (Baylor University Press). Rooting each of the New Testament’s 27 writings in their historical, literary, and theological contexts, Holladay provides detailed overviews, background material, and textual analysis, intentionally connecting the New Testament to the issues facing its readers today.

In his new book Missionary Christianity and Local Religion: American Evangelicalism in North India, 1836-1870 (Baylor University Press), Arun W. Jones, Dan and Lillian Hankey Associate Professor of World Evangelism, documents how preexisting indigenous bhakti movements and western missionary evangelicalism met to form the cornerstone of North Indian Christianity, a movement that was both evangelical and rooted in local religious and social realities.

Emmanuel Y. Lartey, L. Bevel Jones III Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling, served as co-editor of Pastoral Care, Health, Healing, and Wholeness in African Contexts (Wipf and Stock). This collection by pastoral theologians from Congo, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe draws on biblical, theological, social scientific, and cultural contextual perspectives to offer insights on pastoral care and counseling aimed towards healing, health, and well-being.

Scholar-in-Residence Marie Marquardt’s second young adult novel, The Radius of Us (Macmillan), provides an intimate glimpse into the causes and devastating impact of Latino gang violence, both in the U.S. and in Central America, and explores the risks that victims take when they try to start over.

Rex D. Matthews, professor in the practice of historical theology and Wesleyan studies, has gathered selected addresses from Candler’s centennial year in The Vocation of Theology: Inquiry, Dialogue, Adoration (General Board of Higher Education Ministries). In it, twelve Candler professors consider the challenges that have shaped us and those that will shape us in the years to come: Luther Smith on Candler as a place for the formation of witnesses, Carol Newsom on the history of women at Candler and on creation and care of the earth, Ted Smith on theological imagination and secularization, Ellen Ott Marshall on the image of God in contemporary society, Jehu Hanciles on the kingdom of God and global pluralism, and Teresa Fry Brown on God-given on-the-job courage, among others.

In his latest book The Old Testament is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment (Baker Academic), Professor of Old Testament Brent A. Strawn draws on fresh insight from recent studies of how languages die and are revived, offering strategies for renewing the use of the Old Testament in Christian faith.

Professor of Church History and Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Jonathan Strom served as a coauthor of the reference volume Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions (Baker Academic), which contains nearly 600 articles and provides a comprehensive overview of Luther’s life and work and the traditions emanating from the Wittenberg Reformation. Strom also authored German Pietism and the Problem of Conversion (Penn State University Press), out this month, which explores the varied and complex character that conversion experiences posed for Pietists in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Finally, a reminder that works by the Candler faculty travel far and wide: the 2007 book Music and Theology (Abingdon) by Theologian-in-Residence and William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship Emeritus Don Saliers has recently been translated into Italian and published by Queriniana.

Editor's Note, January 12, 2018: In the first days of 2018, a new Festschrift was published honoring Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics Jon P. Gunnemann. Spirit and Capital in an Age of Inequality was co-edited by Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics Ted A. Smith, and contains pieces by numerous Emory and Candler faculty, including Elizabeth M. Bounds, Timothy P. Jackson, Steven M. Tipton, John Witte Jr., and Justin Latterell. Gunnemann, a leading scholar at the intersections of religion and economics, retired from Candler in 2008.