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The Gospel of Judas

Written by National Geographic Society
Edited by Rodolphe Kasser, Marvin Meyer and Gregor Wurst
Commentaries by Bart D. Ehrman


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 6, 2006
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0042-7 (1-4262-0042-0)

Jesus says to Judas: “Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it and the stars surrounding it. The star that leads the way is your star.” –from The Gospel of Judas

For 1,600 years its message lay hidden. When the bound papyrus pages of this lost... Read more >

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Home Tonight
Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son
Written by Henri Nouwen


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52444-5 (0-385-52444-7)

Home Tonight follows the path of Henri Nouwen’s spiritual homecoming. More than three years prior to writing his great classic, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Nouwen suffered a personal breakdown followed by a time of healing solitude when he encountered Rembrandt’s famous painting. Within his solitude he reflected on and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Return of the Prodigal Son

Written by Henri Nouwen


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 1, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47307-1 (0-385-47307-9)

The beloved spiritual writer meditates on the parable of the prodigal son's return -- a powerful drama of fatherhood, filial duty, rivalry, and anger between brothers -- and its enduring lessons for Christianity. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Five Scrolls
The Song of Songs, The Book of Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, The Book of Esther
Preface by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Edited by John F. Thornton


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72494-7 (0-375-72494-X)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

The five books of the Hebrew Bible known—collectively as the Five Scrolls—are among the most universally revered books of the Old Testament and are considered “wells of living water” from which flow the intense spirituality of deep Jewish piety.

Here, published together for the first time in a... Read more >

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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent
Sex and Politics in Early Christianity
Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 19, 1989
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72232-8 (0-679-72232-7)

Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked the early church as it confronted the riddles of sexuality, freedom, and sin as embodied in the story of Genesis, showing how what was once heresy came to shape our own attitudes toward the body and the soul.

"A stunning book...[that] refreshes our view of early... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beyond Belief
The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70316-4 (0-375-70316-0)

“This luminous and accessible history of early Christian thought offers profound and crucial insights on the nature of God, revelation, and what we mean by religious truth.” —Karen Armstong


In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of... Read more >

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The Life of David

Written by Robert Pinsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1153-5 (0-8052-1153-5)

Poet, warrior, and king; sweet singer of Israel and adulterous lover of Batsheva; devoted friend of Jonathan and wily opponent of Saul, the complex character of King David looms large in our contemporary minds as it has in myth and legend for centuries. “He must have actually existed, and most of... Read more >
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Jesus the Bridegroom
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Written by Brant Pitre


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3545-5 (0-7704-3545-9)

By Dr. Brant Pitre, author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist and a professor of sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jesus the Bridegroom offers a thought-provoking examination of Jesus's messianic role in first-century Palestine.
     In Jesus the Bridegroom, Dr. Pitre delves into the... Read more >
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Jesus of Nazareth
From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration
Written by Pope Benedict XVI and Joseph Ratzinger


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52341-7 (0-385-52341-6)

“This book is… my personal search ‘for the face of the Lord.’” —Benedict XVI
In this bold, momentous work, the pope—in his first book written as Benedict XVI—seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent “popular” depictions and to restore Jesus’ true identity as discovered in the Gospels. Through his brilliance... Read more >

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Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
A Novel
Written by Anne Rice


Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-43683-2 (0-345-43683-0)

Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice brings us a novel about the early years of CHRIST THE LORD, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

The book’s power derives from the passion its author brings... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Essential Torah
A Complete Guide to the Five Books of Moses
Written by George Robinson


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 31, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4186-0 (0-8052-4186-8)

Whether you are thinking about studying the Bible for the first time or you’re simply curious about its history and contents, you will find everything you need in Essential Torah. George Robinson, author of the acclaimed Essential Judaism, begins by recounting the various theories of the origins of the Torah and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paul Among the People
The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time
Written by SARAH RUDEN


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 2, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52257-1 (0-385-52257-6)

It is a common—and fundamental—misconception that Paul told people how to live. Apart from forbidding certain abusive practices, he never gives any precise instructions for living. It would have violated his two main social principles: human freedom and dignity, and the need for people to love one another.

Paul was a... Read more >
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Exploring Exodus
The Origins of Biblical Israel
Written by Nahum M. Sarna


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 2, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1063-7 (0-8052-1063-6)

Sarna examines the distinctiveness of the Exodus narrative in light of ancient Near Eastern history and contemporaneous cultures--Egyptian, Assyrian, Canaanite, and Babylonian. In a new Foreword to the 1996 edition, Sarna takes up the debate over whether the exodus from Egypt really happened, clarifying the arguments on both sides and drawing... Read more >
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On the Book of Psalms
Exploring the Prayers of Ancient Israel
Written by Nahum M. Sarna


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 3, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1023-1 (0-8052-1023-7)

This book is the result of a lifetime of study of the Hebrew Bible by a mature scholar whose love of the Tanakh, and especially of the Psalter, shines through on every page.

"Perceptive, erudite, delightful." —Elie Wiesel

"This book is the result of a lifetime of study of the Hebrew Bible by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Understanding Genesis

Written by Nahum M. Sarna


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 13, 1970
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0253-3 (0-8052-0253-6)

"This book...is designed to make the Bible of Israel intelligible, relevant, and hopefully, inspiring to a sophisticated generation, possessed of intellectual curiosity and ethical sensitivity...It is based on the belief that the study of the Book of Books must constitute a mature intellectual challenge, an exposure to the expanding universe of... Read more >

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Life After Death
A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion
Written by Alan Segal


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42299-4 (0-385-42299-7)

"This monumental study combines history, geography, mythology, archaeology and anthropology with biblical text analysis...[T]he erudition [Segal] displays is undoubtedly the result of a lifetime of scholarship....[An] impressive contribution to our understanding of human belief and behavior." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A magisterial work of social history, Life After Death illuminates the many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Sisters of Sinai
How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels
Written by Janet Soskice


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3474-1 (1-4000-3474-4)

Agnes and Margaret Smith were not your typical Victorian scholars or adventurers. Female, middle-aged, and without university degrees or formal language training, the twin sisters nevertheless made one of the most important scriptural discoveries of their time: the earliest known copy of the Gospels in ancient Syriac, the language that Jesus... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Out of the Garden
Women Writers on the Bible
Written by Celina Spiegel and Christina Buchmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 10, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91017-7 (0-449-91017-2)

This is the first collection of essays in which women read and respond to the Bible out of pleasure and curiosity, free to explore what is really relevant to women's lives. The twenty-eight contributors boldly, imaginatively--and sometimes reproachfully--address the Old Testament stories, characters, and poetry that mean the most to them... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Walking with Mary
A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross
Written by Edward Sri


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34803-4 (0-385-34803-7)

Mary appears only a few times in the Bible, but those few passages come at crucial moments. Catholics believe that Mary is the ever-virgin Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. But she also was a human being--a woman who made a journey of faith through various trials and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Deeper Than Words
Living the Apostles' Creed
Written by David Steindl-rast


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58961-3 (0-307-58961-7)

In Deeper than Words: Living the Apostles’ Creed, Brother David reexamines the words with which the early followers of Jesus summarized their faith. Reading line-by-line with an open perspective, he reveals the often overlooked message of trust, compassion, peace, love, and awareness contained in this widely known but rarely examined statement... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Heaven
A Novel
Written by Patricia Storace


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 18, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-40806-9 (0-375-40806-1)

From the author of the classic travel memoir Dinner with Persephone, an accomplished poet, and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, here is an eagerly anticipated, stunningly original novel of heartrending lyricism about four women, a fierce mythopoeia that invites us to enter into a new and powerful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Jesus and the Disinherited

Written by Howard Thurman


Format: Trade Paperback, 124 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 30, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1029-7 (0-8070-1029-4)

In this classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900-1981) demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. Jesus is a partner in the pain of the oppressed and the example of His life offers a solution to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Embracing Mind
The Common Ground of Science and Spirituality
Written by Alan B. Wallace and Brian Hodel


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: December 23, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-683-3 (1-59030-683-X)

The mind is the place where science and spirituality can meet. Here a renowned scientist who is also a teacher of Buddhist meditation explores the nature of mind from scientific and spiritual perspectives to present a new model that incorporates the truths of contemplative spirituality.

“This book shows clearly and compellingly... Read more >

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The New Jerusalem Bible

Written by Henry Wansbrough


Format: Trade Paperback, 1480 pages
Publisher: New Jerusalem Bible
On Sale: June 15, 1990
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-24833-4 (0-385-24833-4)

Contains the complete text of the Regular Edition, with condensed notes and introductions. Easy-to-read two column format, with a Theological Glossary containing two hundred key words and concepts. Read more >
Also available as a hardcover, hardcover and a hardcover.

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The New Jerusalem Bible
Standard edition
Written by Henry Wansbrough


Format: Hardcover, 1424 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: March 16, 1999
Price: $25.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-49320-8 (0-385-49320-7)

An authoritative version of "the greatest story ever told," this affordable edition is destined to become a classic. Using the same translation that has been hailed as "truly magnificent" (Journal of Bible Literature), the Standard Edition has a completely redesigned interior, set in a two-column format for easy reading.

"The best of... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover, hardcover and a trade paperback.
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