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The Play of Forms

Nature, Culture and Liturgy. Translation of Het vormenspel der liturgie

Hans van der Laan

Unique of its kind, this small philosophical book articulates a wide-ranging vision of the analogical relationships between the created forms of nature, the man-made forms of culture, and the forms used in religious ritual. Setting out from a precise definition of Christian worship, the author explores the genesis of ritual form. Born out of the need to complement the world of natural forms, cultural forms serve the complete human existence that is both physical, intellectual and social. Freed from any such purpose, cultural forms are condensed to their very essence and thus enabled to serve as liturgical signs. A final analogy transcends all visible forms, ushering the reading into an all-encompassing spiritual and mystical realm.

Previous books by Hans van der Laan:
* ISBN 90 04 07618 2, Het vormenspel der liturgie (Dutch)
* ISBN 90 04 10838 6, Architectonische Ruimte (Dutch)
* ISBN 90 04 06943 7, Architectonic Space
* ISBN 90 04 09639 6, Der architectonische Raum (German)
* ISBN 90 04 09020 7, L'espace architectonique (French)

Let the Words Be Written

The Lasting Influence of Eugene A. Nida

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Philip Stine

Pick up nearly any English Bible today, and you have already encountered Eugene A. Nida—his influence is that widespread. Nida’s dynamic-equivalence approach to Bible translation helped to shape the Good News Bible, the Contemporary English Version, the New International Version, and the New Jerusalem Bible. In addition, Nida’s longtime work with the American Bible Society and collaboration with the United Bible Societies spread his theories and methods around the world. Drawing on archival records and interviews with those who know Nida best, Let the Words Be Written examines and assesses the ongoing influence of this scholar of wide-ranging abilities and boundless energy. Bible translators, students and scholars of translation theory or cross-cultural studies, and general readers with an interest in the Bible will find this volume both accessible and enlightening.

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

The Spirit of Liberation

Jürgen Moltmann's Trinitarian Pneumatology

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Osamu Yoshida

With this study on Moltmann's pneumoatology the author recently obtained the doctor's degree from the Faculty of Theology of the Free University in Amsterdam.

First of all, the book provides us with a thorough evaluation of the role the Holy Spirit plays in the theology of Jürgen Moltmann in its subsequent phases. The author's conclusion is that despite all differences there is one contstant factor: the Spirit is always connected with freedom. The Holy Spirit, according to Moltmann, is a liberating power.

Because the author is eager to place Moltmann's pneumatology repeatedly in the context of his theology as a whole and of its developments, this book offers - and that is a second quality - an outstanding insight in the whole of Moltmann's theology and its development throughout the years.

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Edited by van der Borght, Dirk van Keulen and Martien Brinkman

In writing 'In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek', the apostle Paul touched on a topic that still is hotly debated among christians today: the relationship between faith and ethnicity. The Reformed Churches, usually organised along regional or national lines, are no exception and wrestle world-wide with the issue.

This volume offers Asian and African perspectives, especially exploring the Indonesian and South African context.

This and the next volume of Studies in Reformed Theology contain contributions to the fourth international conference of the International Reformed Theological Institute (IRTI), held in Princeton, N.J., U.S.A. (2001), on the theme of Faith and Ethnicity.

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Edited by van der Borght, Dirk van Keulen and Martien Brinkman

In writing 'In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek', the apostle Paul touched on a topic that still is hotly debated among Christians today: the relationship between faith and ethnicity. The Reformed Chuches, usually organised along regional or national lines, are no exception and wrestle world-wide with the issue.

This volume offers more traditional Western, mostly European perspectives, exploring Western and Eastern European and North American contexts. Hermeneutics, church order and ecumenical aspects complement the theme.

This and the previous volume of Studies in Reformed Theology contain contributions to the fourth international conference of the International Reformed Theological Institute (IRTI), held in Princeton, N.J., U.S.A. (2001), on the theme of Faith and Ethnicity.

The Psalms in Form

The Hebrew Psalter in its Poetic Shape

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Jan P. Fokkelman

Edited by Erwin Fahlbusch, Jan Lochman, John Mbiti, Jaroslav Pelikan and Lukas Vischer

Volume 2 of the award-winning reference work on Christianity.
The multiple award-winning Encyclopedia of Christianity (EC), copublished by Brill and Eerdmans, is a monumental five-volume work presenting the history and current state of the Christian faith in its rich spiritual and theological diversity around the world. The much-anticipated second volume of the EC contains more than 300 articles for alphabetical entries E–I. Written by leading scholars from around the world, the articles in Volume 2 range from discussions of early church history, ethics, and evil to entries on Holy Week, icons, and Christianity in Ireland.

The Encyclopedia of Christianity is also available online

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Edited by A. van Egmond and Dirk van Keulen

The International Reformed Theological Institute (IRTI) was founded in 1995. Its purpose is to create a platform where Reformed theologians from all over the world can meet each other, become acquainted with each other's work, discuss theological issues and stimulate each other in scholarly theological research. The members of IRTI present their work in the series Studies in Reformed Theology. Thus, the volumes of this series offer a perspective on the theological insights and spirituality of Reformed theologians all over the world.

The fourth and fifth volume of the series Studies in Reformed Theology contain the contributions to the third international conference of the IRTI. Leading theme of the conference was 'Christian Hope in Context.'

The fourth volume contains contributions from the perspective of historical research, biblical theology, systematic theology and the relation between biblical and secular literature. All articles in one way or another reflect the cotnext of the author.

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Edited by A. van Egmond and Dirk van Keulen

The International Reformed Theological Institute (IRTI) was founded in 1995. Its purpose is to create a platform where Reformed theologians from all over the world can meet each other, become acquainted with each other's work, discuss theological issues and stimulate each other in scholarly theological research. The members of IRTI present their work in the series Studies in Reformed Theology. Thus, the volumes of this series offer a perspective on the theological insights and spirituality of Reformed theologians all over the world.

The fourth and fifth volume of the series Studies in Reformed Theology contain the contributions to the third international conference of the IRTI. Leading theme of the conference was 'Christian Hope in Context.'

This fifth volume contains contributions form the different African and Asian perspectives. Other articles reflect the ecological crisis, feminist theology and Ecumenism. At the end of this volume the devotional contributions to the conference may be found. All articles and contributions in one way or another reflect the context of the author.