Isaac Nelson: Radical Abolitionist, Evangelical Presbyterian, and Irish Nationalist
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Isaac Nelson: Radical Abolitionist, Evangelical Presbyterian, and Irish Nationalist

This book reconsiders the career of an important, controversial, but neglected figure in this history of Irish Presbyterianism. The Revd Isaac Nelson is mostly remembered for his opposition to the evangelical revival of 1859, but this book demonstrates that there was much more to Nelson's career. Nelson started out as a protégé of Henry Cooke and as an exemplary young evangelical minister. Upon aligning himself with the Belfast Anti-...

The Occult Life of Things: Native Amazonian Theories of Materiality and Personhood
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The Occult Life of Things

Native peoples of the Amazon view objects, especially human artifacts, as the first cosmic creations and the building blocks from which the natural world has been shaped. In these constructional cosmologies, spears became the stings of wasps, hammocks became spiderwebs, stools became the buttocks of human beings. A view so antithetical to Western thought offers a refreshing perspective on the place and role of objects in human social...

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation: The Buddha's Way of Mindfulness
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The Heart of Buddhist Meditation

This is a classic text on the essence of Buddhist meditation. It is an excellent, in-depth description of mindfulness practice and its benefits. It includes a concise explanation of clear comprehension, which is the kind of mindfulness you use in the course of your daily life. It also presents an easily understandable explanation of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This new edition includes an introduction from noted author and t...

The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts
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The World of the New Testament

"This collection is as good as it gets, and readers should find much to value in these pages, which are rich in detail and [written] for students and laypersons alike. Moreover, each entry includes an annotated bibliography that provides excellent direction for further research. The indices to the volume are stellar and will provide helpful guidance for readers."

The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites, and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order
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The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites, and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order

First published in 1937, Israel Regardie's The Golden Dawn has become the most influential modern handbook of magical theory and practice. In this new, definitive edition, noted scholar John Michael Greer has taken this essential resource back to its original, authentic form. With added illustrations, a twenty-page color insert, additional original material, and refreshed design and typography, this powerful work returns to its true ...

Menasseh Ben Israel : Rabbi of Amsterdam
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Menasseh Ben Israel : Rabbi of Amsterdam

“In this lucid and engaging biography, Menasseh ben Israel emerges as a force of nature, moving swiftly and easily between the Jewish and Gentile spheres in Amsterdam. In recreating Menasseh's life, Nadler has stitched together some of the leading figures of the century into a vivid tapestry.”—Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World

Saints in the Struggle: Church of God in Christ Activists in the Memphis Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1968 (Religion and Race)
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Saints in the Struggle: Church of God in Christ Activists in the Memphis Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1968

Mason Temple, the headquarters of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), looms large in the history of the Civil Rights Movement because of its connection to the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who delivered his last sermon there during the Sanitation Workers Strike on April 3, 1968. This book highlights the unsung contributions local activists from the COGIC made to the historic strike and to the broader civil rights struggle...

Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India
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Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India

In the early 1920s, Jaydayal Goyandka and Hanuman Prasad Poddar, two Marwari businessmen-turned-spiritualists, set up the Gita Press and Kalyan magazine. As of early 2014, Gita Press had sold close to 72 million copies of the Gita, 70 million copies of Tulsidas's works and 19 million copies of scriptures like the Puranas and Upanishads. And while most other journals of the period, whether religious, literary or political, survive onl...

The Altars of Republican Rome and Latium: Sacrifice and the Materiality of Roman Religion
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The Altars of Republican Rome and Latium

This study assembles the often fragmentary physical evidence (altar placement and orientation, votive and faunal remains, sanctuary architecture) in order to explore the site-specific character of communal animal sacrifice in Republican Rome and Latium over centuries of ritual performance.