October Theme: Religion

Yale University Press is known for its extensive publications on Religious Studies. On one side of our list, there is the prestigious Anchor Yale Bible Series, but every season, there is a wealth of new titles that engage our spiritual and existential minds: whether dealing directly with divinity and scripture, or addressing new thinking on the current state of religion and science in the Terry Lectures, our is the home of provocative and thoughtful analysis of timely issues in a diverse world of religions.

This month, we will have books and posts from Christopher Lane, author of The Age of Doubt; a biography of the female messiah, Octavia, written by Jane Shaw; a new narrative on family conversions from Craig Harline; an interview with Leila Ahmed on the history of the veil; and the eminent historian Eamon Duffy’s newest book, Ten Popes Who Shook the World.

Also beginning this month is the launch of our “Eminent Biography” column, featuring new writing on historical subjects from Yale’s acclaimed list of biographers: John Edwards on Mary I; Joshua Rubenstein on Leon Trotsky, and Tim Jeal privileges us with his new perspective on the Victorian explorers of the Nile, following his NBCC award-winning biography, Stanley.

Our Jewish Lives series, published in partnership with the Leon D. Black Foundation, takes off this month with a dedicated website at www.jewishlives.org, featuring new biographies of Jewish Revolutionaries: Rubenstein’s aforementioned Leon Trotsky, and Vivian Gornick’s Emma Goldman.

And finally, in honor of the long-awaited 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, literary scholar Harold Bloom shows his appreciation in The Shadow of a Great Rock. We hope you’ll join our conversations and share them with others as we contemplate the meaning of all these great contributions to the wide literature on religion and religious studies.

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