Brite Books


Charles Bellinger
Theological Librarian and Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics

The Genealogy of Violence: Reflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
The Trinitarian Self: The Key to the Puzzle of Violence. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2008.

Rita Nakashima Brock
Research Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of the Soul Repair Center

Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War, co-authored with Gabriella Lettini. Beacon Press, 2012.
Saving Paradise: Recovering Christianity’s Forgotten Love for This Earth, co-authored with Rebecca Ann Parker. Canterbury Press UK, 2012.
(British edition of Saving Paradise Beacon, 2008.) Used as festival theme book in Cheltenham, UK, at the annual Greenbelt Arts and Religion Festival.
Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, co-authored with Rebecca Ann Parker,
Beacon Press. Publishers Weekly starred review as a best book in 2008. Excerpted in UU World, July 2008.
Off the Menu: Asian and Asian North American Women’s Religion and Theology, co-edited with Jung Ha Kim, Kwok Pui Lan, and Seung Ai Yang.
Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.
Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us, co-authored with Rebecca Ann Parker.
Boston: Beacon Press, 2001.

Warren Carter
Professor of New Testament

Telling Tales about Jesus: An Introduction to the New Testament Gospels (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016).
Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013).
The New Testament: Methods and Meanings with Amy-Jill Levine (Nashville: Abingdon, 2013).
El Imperio Romano y el Nuevo Testamento (Navarra: Verbo Divino, 2011).
What Does Revelation Reveal? (Nashville: Abingdon, 2011).
John and Empire: Initial Explorations (New York: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2008).

Russell W. Dalton
Professor of Religious Education

Children’s Bibles in America: A Reception History of the Story of Noah’s Ark in US Children’s Bibles. London: Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, 2015.
Marvelous Myths: Marvel Superheroes and Heroic Living in the Real World. St. Louis, Missouri, Chalice Press, 2011.
Faith Journey through Fantasy Lands: A Christian Dialogue with Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings. Minneapolis: Augsburg-Fortress Press, 2003.
Video, Kids, and Christian Education. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2001.

Keri Day
Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics and Black Church Studies

Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church and the Struggle to Thrive in America, Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2012).
Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
Re-thinking the Womanist Imagination: Re-engaging Christian Theology and Critical Theory (Work-in-Progress)
From Shriek to Song: Race, Religion, and the New Black South (Work in progress)

Jim Duke
I. Wylie and Elizabeth M. Briscoe Professor of History of Christianity and History of Christian Thought

How to Think Theologically, 3rd edition, in collaboration with Howard Stone, Fortress Press. 2013
Sources of Christian Theology in America. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999
The Church for Disciples of Christ: Seeking to Be Truly Church. St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 1998
Christian Faith Seeking Historical Understanding: Essays in Honor of H. Jack Forstman. Macon, Ga: Mercer University Press, 1997
Makers of Christian Theology in America. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997

Ariel Feldman
Rosalyn and Manny Rosenthal Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Jewish Studies Program

The Rewritten Joshua Scrolls from Qumran: Texts, Translations, and Commentary. BZAW 438; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013

Wil Gafney
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible

Womanist Midrash, Westminster/John Knox Press. (Submitted)

Namsoon Kang
Professor of Theology and Religion

Diasporic Feminist Theology: Asia and Theopolitical Imagination. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2014
Cosmopolitan Theology: Reconstituting Neighbor-Love, Hospitality, and Solidarity in an Uneven World. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2013.
Postcolonial Mission: Power and Partnership in World Christianity. Sopher Press, 2011. Co-edited.
Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity, Oxford, UK: Regnum Books, 2010. Co-edited.
A Comparative Study of Life Thought in the Third World Theologies. Seoul: Tree of Ideas, 2003. Co-authored. In Korean.
Feminist Theology: Gender, Life, Spirituality. Seoul: Korean Theological Institute, 2002. In Korean.

Timothy S. Lee
Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Director of Asian (Korean) Church Studies

Born Again: Evangelicalism in Korea, (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2010)
Christianity in Korea, co-edited with Robert E. Buswell Jr. (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006)

Francisco Lozada
Charles Fischer Catholic Associate Professor of New Testament and Latina/o Church Studies

Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematic, Objectives, and Strategies. Edited with Fernando F. Segovia; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Publications, 2014.
Perspectives and Methods in Culture, Power, and Identity in the New Testament. Edited with Greg Carey. Soundings in Cultural Criticism Series; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.
New Currents Through John: A Global Perspective. Editor with Thomas Thatcher. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature Publications, 2006.
A Literary Reading of John 5: Text as Construction. Studies in Biblical Literature 20. NY: Peter Lang, 2000.

Joretta Marshall
Executive Vice President and Dean, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care and Counseling

Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities. with Jeanne Hoeft and Shannon Jung. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013
The Formation of Pastoral Counselors : Challenges and Opportunities. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Pastoral Press, 2006
How Can I Forgive?: A Study in Forgiveness. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005
Forgiveness and Abuse: Jewish and Christian Reflections. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Pastoral Press, 2002
Counseling Lesbian Partners. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1997

Shelly Matthews
Professor of New Testament

The Acts of the Apostles: Taming the Tongues of Fire (Phoenix Guides to the New Testament 4) Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013.
Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity. Oxford University Press, 2010.
First Converts: Rich Pagan Women and the Rhetoric of Mission in Early Judaism and Christianity. Contraversions: Jews and Other Differences. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001.
Violence in the New Testament: Jesus Followers and Other Jews under Empire. New York/London: T & T Clark International, 2005 (Co-edited with E. Leigh Gibson).
Walk in the Ways of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. Harrisburg/London/New York: Trinity Press International, 2003 (Co-edited with Cynthia Kittredge, Melanie Johnson DeBaufre).

Barbara J. McClure
Associate Professor: Pastoral Theology and Practice

Emotions and the Flourishing Life (forthcoming, Baylor University Press, 2016)
Moving Beyond Individualism in Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling: Reflections on Theory, Theology and Practice (Wipf & Stock/Cascade, 2010 and Lutterworth Press, UK, 2011)

Lance Pape
Granville and Erline Walker Assistant Professor of Homiletics

The Scandal of Having Something to Say: Ricoeur and the Possibility of Postliberal Preaching. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2013.
New Proclamation Year C 2013: Easter Through Christ the King. Turner, Mary Donovan, Eric D. Barreto, Walter C. Bouzard, and Lance Pape, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

Nancy J. Ramsay
Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care and Counseling: Redefining the Paradigms, Editor, Nashville: Abingdon, June 2004.
Telling the Truth: Preaching About Sexual and Domestic Violence, Co-Editor with John S. McClure (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, Fall 1998).
Pastoral Diagnosis: A Resource for Ministries of Care and Counseling. Minneapolis: Fortress, Fall 1998.

Timothy H. Robinson
Alberta H. and Harold L. Lunger Associate Professor of Spiritual Disciplines and Resources and Director of Disciples Formation

Puritan Spirituality: Classics of Western Spirituality. New York: Paulist Press (forthcoming, 2015)
The Reverend Edward Taylor’s Sacramental Meditations on the Song of Songs: The Erotic Devotion of an American Puritan. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012.
Spirit and Nature: The Study of Christian Spirituality in a Time of Ecological Urgency. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011.

Timothy Sandoval
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible

Money and the Way of Wisdom (Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, 2008).
The Discourse of Wealth and Poverty in Proverbs (Biblical Interpretation Series 77; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2006).
Contesting Texts: Jews and Christians in Conversation about the Bible Editor, (with M. Knowles et. al.) (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007).
Relating to the Text: Interdisciplinary and Form Critical Insights on the Bible Editor, (with C. Mandolfo) Relating to the Text: Interdisciplinary and Form Critical Insights on the Bible (London: Continuum Press, 2003).

Steve Sprinkle
Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry

Who Trampled Down the Rainbow Flag?: Remembering the Death of Victims of Hate Crimes Against the Sexual Minority (Seoul, South Korea: Alma Publishing Co. Ltd., 2013) [Korean edition of Unfinished Lives]
Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memory of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2011)
Ordination: Celebrating the Gift of Ministry (St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2004)
Disciples and Theology: Understanding the Faith of a People In Covenant (St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1999)

Ed Waggoner
Assistant Professor of Theology in The Rt. Reverend Sam B. Hulsey Chair in Episcopal Studies and Director of Episcopal Studies

Co-editor (with Joerg Rieger), Religious Experience and New Materialism: Movement Matters (New York: Macmillan, 2015).

Jeffrey Williams
Assistant Professor of American Religious History

Institutional Change in Theological Education: A History of Brite Divinity School. co-edited this with Mark G. Toulouse and Dyan M. Dietz. (Fort Worth: TCU Press, 2011).
Religion and Violence in Early American Methodism: Taking the Kingdom by Force. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010)

Newell Williams
President and Professor of Modern and American Church History

Williams, D. Newell, Foster, Douglas A., and Blowers, Paul M. The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History. Chalice Press, 2013.


Coleman A. Baker Jr., graduated in May 2010
Brite Divinity School, Program Manager of the Soul Repair Center
Identity, Memory, and Narrative in Early Christianity
Social identity, social memory, and narrative theory intersect in this study of the characterization of Peter and Paul in the book of Acts. Baker argues that the authorial audience’s memories of Peter and Paul are reinterpreted as their characters are encountered in the narrative, and as a result, the audience is to understand themselves as united by a superordinate ingroup identity that transcends cultural boundaries. As prototypes of this common identity, the characters of Peter and Paul demonstrate the open, inclusive identity the audience is expected to embrace.

Nathan J. Barnes
, graduated in May, 2012
Reading 1 Corinthians with Philosophically Educated Women
Women were involved in every popular philosophy in the first century, and the participation of women reaches back to the Greek origins of these schools. Philosophers often taught their daughters, wives, and other friends the basic tenants of their thinking. The Isthmian games and a tolerance for independent thinking made Corinth an attractive place for philosophers to engage in dialogue and debate, further facilitating the philosophical education of women. The activity of philosophically educated women directly informs our understanding of 1 Corinthians when Paul uses concepts that also appear in popular moral philosophy. This book explores how philosophically educated women would interact with three such concepts: marriage and family, patronage, and self-sufficiency.

Jeremy W. Barrier
, graduated in May 2008
Heritage Christian University, Assistant Professor of Biblical Literature and Director of the Graduate Program
The Acts of Paul and Thecla: A Critical Introduction and Commentary
Sometime in the second century, an early Christian text began to circulate called the Acts of Paul and Thecla . Since then, the tale of the apostle Paul, along with his strong heroine co-worker named Thecla, has received much attention as an independent source of information about earliest Christianity for what it might tell us about the role of women in ministry and the relationship women may have had to Paul in his missionary activities. In this volume, Jeremy W. Barrier provides a critical introduction and commentary on the Acts of Paul and Thecla , to serve as a user-friendly starting point for anyone interested in entering into the many discussions and academic writings surrounding the Acts of Paul and Thecla . Apart from a critical text with English translation, followed by textual notes and general comments, the author also offers an extensive introduction to the text.

Israel Kamudzandu
, graduated in May 2007

Saint Paul School of Theology, Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies, Lindsey P. Pherigo Chair
Abraham Our Father: Paul and the Ancestors in Postcolonial Africa
Kamudzandu offers at last a model of multi-cultural Christianity forged in the experience of postcolonial Zimbabwe.
Israel Kamudzandu explores the legacy of how the Shona found in the figure of Abraham himself a potent resource for cultural resistance, and makes intriguing comparisons with the ways the apostle Paul used the same figure in his interaction with the ancestry of Aeneas in imperial myths of the destiny of the Roman people. The result is a groundbreaking study that combines the best tradition-historical insights with postcolonial-critical acumen. Kamudzandu offers at last a model of multi-cultural Christianity forged in the experience of postcolonial Zimbabwe.

Jason T. Lamoreaux
, graduated in May 2011
Adjunct Instructor at Texas Christian University
Ritual, Women, and Philippi Reimagining the Early Philippian Community
As one surveys the scholarship on the canonical letter to the Philippians, one notices the lack of attention to women within many scholars’ analyses. To a certain extent, this lack of attention exists because ancient texts often leave out information about women. Using ritual studies, archaeology, and textual evidence, this work brings life to the ritual lives of ancient Philippian women in their own cultural context. The discipline of ritual studies provides new questions that shed more specific light on the lives of women in this fledgling Jesus group. Therefore, ritual studies brings clarity to early Philippian women’s reception of the letter. Furthermore, this ritual background helps modern readers visualize a more diverse community of Jesus followers in Philippi and provides a clearer picture of the struggles this nascent Jesus community was experiencing.

Abera Mengestu
, graduated in May 2011
God as Father in Paul
God as Father in Paul explores Paul’s use of the kinship term “Father” to refer to God, along with related familial terms (“children” of God and Christ-followers as “brothers and sisters”), as part of a study of the use of kinship language in the identity formation of early Christianity. Mengestu argues that these kinship terms are shared modes of identity constructions within the wider textual and cultural settings (the Roman Empire, the Roman Stoic philosophers, the Hebrew Bible, and ancient Jewish literature) from which Paul draws on as well as contests. Employing theoretical (kinship and social identity theory) as well as interpretative approaches (imperial critical and narrative approaches to Paul), he contends that Paul uses God as Father consistently, strategically, and purposefully, in both stable and crisis situations, to develop a narrative, orienting framework(s) that images the community of Christ-followers as a family that belongs to God, who, together with the Lord Jesus Christ, bestows on them equal but diverse membership in the family. The narrative so constructed forms the foundation for referring to Christ-followers as “children of God” and “brothers and sisters” of one another. It constructs boundaries and serves as nexus of transformation and negotiation.

Aliou C.Niang
, graduated in December 2007
Union Theological Seminary, Assistant Professor of New Testament
Faith and Freedom in Galatia and Senegal: The Apostle Paul, Colonists and Sending Gods
Faith and Freedom in Galatia and Senegal reads Galatians 2:11-15 and 3:26-29 through the lens of the 19th-20th century experiences of French colonialism by the Diola people in Senegal, West Africa, and portrays the Apostle Paul as a “‘sociopostcolonial hermeneut who acted on his self-understanding as God’s messenger to create, through faith in the cross of Christ, free communities’ — a self-definition that is critical of ancient Graeco-Roman and modern colonial lore that justify colonization as a divine mandate.” Aliou C. Niang ingeniously compares the colonial objectification of his own people by French colonists to the Graeco-Roman colonial objectifications of the ancient Celts/Gauls/Galatians, and Paul’s role in bringing about a different portrayal.

Royce Victor
, graduated in May 2007
Colonial Education and Class Formation in Early Judaism
Rooting his argument in both biblical and non-biblical literature of the Second Temple Period, Royce M. Victor seeks to determine how education systems enabled Greek citizens, Hellenes, and Hellenistic Jews to function politically, ethnically, and economically within the larger Greek empire. Victor asserts that the action of such education systems was particularly prevalent in Judea, through the creation of a separate class of `Hellenized Jews’ within the Jewish population. As a secondary theme Victor demonstrates the continuity of the role of the colonial education system in forming a class structure among the colonized by exploring the British education system introduced into colonial India in the early nineteenth century.


Carol B. Wilson, graduated in December 2012
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington DC.
For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food: Pragmatics of Food Access in the Gospel of Matthew
In the first century, endemic food shortages left 25 percent of the population below subsistence level and another 30 percent at risk of slipping below subsistence. In the face of such serious food shortages, the Gospel of Matthew advocates for a society in which all people can have access to sufficient food. Matthew critiques first-century practices and attitudes of both aristocrats and peasants that helped or hindered that goal. It does this by depicting Jesus teaching and performing positive practices that provided the Matthean community with an example to emulate, as well as condemning some negative practices and attitudes. For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food provides a pragmatic lens and a new descriptive paradigm of food access in the first century. The perspective and model are useful for analyzing passages concerned with life-and-death issues of the Matthean community—or situations for any other Christian community, past or present. Should not every person have enough food to sustain physical life?