“Nonpareil Bar None”: Recent Landmark Contributions from Eerdmans

A few days ago, our president Bill Eerdmans paid a friendly visit to the Internet marketing department to ask whether we might be able to devote some of our time and attention to a hand-picked selection of recent titles.

“Happily!” we said. “But first, can you give us an idea of what is it that ties all these books together?”

“Every book in its own field or specialization is nonpareil bar none,” he told us. “That’s the long and the short of it.”

As we looked over the list of books he gave us, we began to understand exactly what he meant.

Whether in biblical studies, ethics, or theology, each of the books below offers a significant original contribution to scholarship — and we are all proud to have played a part in making them available to the reading public.

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit — In Biblical Teaching, through the Centuries, and Today
Anthony C. Thiselton

In this landmark work Anthony Thiselton looks at the Biblical teaching on the Holy Spirit and how it has been received and interpreted through the centuries.

“I have often thought that I would like to round off my writing career with a fuller or more complete study of the Holy Spirit. Rather to my relief I need no longer chomp at that bit. Tony Thiselton has already done it and left me nothing to do. Thank you, Tony.”
— James Dunn

I know of nothing comparable. Tony’s guidance in this volume is something every pastor and student should have in his or her library.”
— Klyne Snodgrass

Self, World, and Time
Self, World, and Time

Self, World, and Time: Ethics as Theology, Volume 1: An Induction
Oliver O’Donovan

“Writing with a clarity that comes from a lifetime of reflection, O’Donovan has given us an account of practical reason that shows why and how ethics is at the beginning, middle, and end of a theological work. I suspect this book is destined to become a classic because few authors are as capable as O’Donovan to combine wisdom and erudition. We are in his debt.”
— Stanley Hauerwas

“In his splendidly dense yet lucid first volume of his new project, Oliver O’Donovan richly succeeds in re-connecting a neo-orthodox stress upon dogma with an earlier pietist stress upon personal formation. We are thereby inducted into a stance where vision and commitment, belief and action become fully inseparable. O’Donovan realizes that such an integral theology is what responsibility requires of us in the face of a double threat to our planet and to our humanity.”
— John Milbank

The Sacredness of Human Life
The Sacredness of Human Life

The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World’s Future
David P. Gushee

Never before has one volume explored the sacredness of human life in such a multifaceted way, encompassing biblical roots, theological elaborations, historical cases, and contemporary ethical perspectives.

“It is a gift to all the Christian churches and their non-Christian neighbors as well, and is a landmark for future work in Christian ethics in general.”
— Charles Mathewes

“A masterful guide to thinking about the choices that will shape Christian life in the twenty-first century.”
— Robin Lovin

“Gushee’s voice is one that believers of all faiths will want to engage. . . . This book leaves me happily breathless!”
— Peter Ochs

The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah
The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah

The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version
Benyamim Tsedaka, editor and translator
Sharon Sullivan, coeditor

Benyamim Tsedaka, a member of the ancient Samaritan community on Mount Gerizim, here offers the first-ever English translation of the Samaritan Pentateuch, laid out parallel to the more familiar Masoretic Text and highlighting the more than 6,000 differences between the two versions.

More than simply a translation, this is a document infused with the unique culture of the Israelite-Samaritans as no other English translation could be. . . . Truly a historic piece of literature.”
— Martin G. Abegg Jr.

“This English translation gives a faithful rendition of the Samaritan text and, by comparing it to the Masoretic version, shows the pluriform nature of the early biblical textual tradition. A welcome addition to the biblical studies library!”
— Terry Giles

Bible, Gender, Sexuality
Bible, Gender, Sexuality

Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
James V. Brownson

“Jim Brownson has written what I believe is a ‘game-changing’ book on the hotly disputed topic of same-sex orientation and relationships in light of the Bible. He provides not only a masterful work on human sexuality in light of Scripture, but also a model for the kind of robust and faithful biblical hermeneutic that our churches desperately need at this point in our history.
— Brian D. McLaren

“Instead of being trapped in shallow debates over the meaning of a few isolated biblical passages, James Brownson grounds his approach in foundational biblical understandings of gender and sexuality. He takes the Bible seriously, engaging it faithfully and deeply, and he encourages the reader to do the same. . . . The church needs this book.”
— Wesley Granberg-Michaelson


Dementia: Living in the Memories of God
John Swinton

“John Swinton has given a gift to everyone who interacts with persons with dementia, and even more so to those persons. Engagingly written and thoroughly researched, the book is a ringing challenge to current thinking (and speaking and acting) about dementia.”
— Stephan Sapp

“John Swinton has clearly become the premier pastoral theologian of our time. In this book on dementia he approaches this troubled topic with his usual thoroughness, engaging the science with an unapologetic theological voice. This book will become a classic.”
— Stanley Hauerwas

Click on the links and cover images above to order any of the titles in our “nonpareil bar none” collection.