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Mit dem auf vier Bände angelegten Werk wird erstmalig eine Ikonologie der christlichen Kunst im historischen Ablauf geschildert. Die komplexe Geschichte des Bildes in der Kirche wird ausgehend von der Intention der Darstellungen auf den verschiedenen Bildträgern aufgezeigt und die Weise der damit verbundenen Argumentation fundiert dargelegt. Eingebettet in allgemeine historische Entwicklungen wird der Wandel der Themenkreise beschrieben. In der Einleitung werden die Prinzipien der Arbeit erläutert. Teil 1 (Alte Kirche) behandelt die Entstehung einer christlichen Bildkunst am Grabe (auf Sarkophagen und in Katakomben) und den späteren Übergang in die Kirchdekoration. Nach gleichen Prinzipien werden in Teil 2 die Bildkunst des Mittelalters, in Teil 3 die der Neuzeit und in Teil 4 die andersartige Entwicklung in der Ostkirche geschildert.
Volume Editor: Jennifer Wasmuth
Der öffentliche Diskurs zeichnet sich gegenwärtig vielfach durch eine Verhärtung der Fronten und die mangelnde Bereitschaft aus, sich auf die Gegenposition einzulassen. Diese Tendenzen lassen sich auch im ökumenischen Kontext beobachten, und schnell ist hier wie dort der Fundamentalismus-Vorwurf zur Hand.
Was meint dieser Vorwurf genau? Gegen wen richtet er sich? Ist Fundamentalismus nur eine polemische Etikettierung von Positionen, die nicht der eigenen entsprechen? Oder lassen sich unter dem Begriff politische und religiöse Gruppierungen fassen, die eine klar erkennbare Agenda verfolgen? Diesen Fragen geht der vorliegende Sammelband nach, indem er in seinen Beiträgen auf die Begriffsgeschichte und die Bedeutung von „Fundamentalismus“ in verschiedenen geographischen, konfessionellen und religiösen Kontexten reflektiert.
Publication History and Catholic Missions in the Spanish World (Spain, New Spain, and the Philippines, 1597–1700)
In The Martyrs of Japan, Rady Roldán-Figueroa examines the role that Catholic missionary orders played in the dissemination of accounts of Christian martyrdom in Japan. The work combines several historiographical approaches, including publication history, history of missions, and “new” institutional history. The author offers an overarching portrayal of the writing, printing, and circulation of books of ‘Japano-martyrology.’
The book is organized into two parts. The first part, “Spirituality of Writing, Publication History, and Japano-martyrology,” addresses topics ranging from the historical background of Christianity in Japan to the publishers of Japano-martyrology. The second part, “Jesuits, Discalced Franciscans, and the Production of Japano-martyrology in the Early Modern Spanish World,” features closer analysis of selected works of Japano-martyrology by Jesuit and Discalced Franciscan writers.
Mit dem auf vier Bände angelegten Werk wird erstmals eine Ikonologie der christlichen Kunst im historischen Ablauf geschildert.

Die Neuzeit ist zum einen durch die Reformation gekennzeichnet, in deren Ergebnis mehrere Kirchentümer entstanden, die verschiedene Haltungen zur christlichen Kunst zeigten. Zum anderen durch die sogenannte Säkularisierung, die schließlich die Kunst zu einer Gegenstandslosigkeit führte, die kaum noch christliche Aussagen ermöglichte. Die Reformation brachte Polemiken und Bekenntnisbilder hervor; die Gegenreformation antwortete vor allem mit einem verstärkten Kult Marias und deren Aufnahme in den Himmel. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit finden die barocke Emblematik und verwandte bildnerische Argumentationen. Die Romantik in ihrer christlichen Form war auch eine Reaktion auf die Säkularisierung und prägt die figürliche Kunst bis heute.
El uso teológico de metáforas de comer y beber
Author: Fernando Soler
Este libro presenta un estudio exhaustivo sobre el uso teológico de las metáforas de comer y beber en la obra de Orígenes de Alejandría, considerando sus nociones fi siológicas y técnicas exegéticas. Orígenes de Alejandría es uno de los teólogos más importantes del cristianismo temprano. Su teología tiene una coherencia y profundidad que ha establecido el estándar para varios temas, como la Trinidad, la Cristología y la antropología. A través de las metáforas, realiza dos tareas desafi antes: profundizar en el misterio de Dios y comunicarlo. En este libro, el autor estudia los usos teológicos de Orígenes de las metáforas del comer y el beber, incluyendo el texto de las recientemente publicadas "Homilías sobre los Salmos". Este estudio confi rma no sólo los aspectos clásicos de la teología de Orígenes, sino que también muestra nuevas perspectivas, especialmente sobre las relaciones intratrinitarias y la reciprocidad en la relación entre Dios y los seres humanos.
An Anglican Practical Theology of Interreligious Marriage
In Intimate Diversity Paul Smith explores theological implications of interreligious marriage. Taking a practical theology approach which begins with lived experience and works through a pastoral cycle involving interpretation, normative discussion and a pragmatic outcome, the book challenges the Church of England (or other denominations) fulfil three tasks: theological, pastoral and missional.

Paul Smith accepts the reality of marriage that involves couples from different religious traditions and proposes ways of justifying such marriage based on normative Christian traditions. He takes a broadly missional approach, advocating the positive role that the Church of England can play in fostering good interreligious relations in society whilst offering sympathetic pastoral support of couples who marry across religious divides.
In Theologising with the Sacred ‘Prostitutes’ of South India, Eve Rebecca Parker theologises with the Dalit women who from childhood have been dedicated to village goddesses and used as ‘sacred’ sex workers. Parker uses ethnographic, anthropological, theological, hermeneutical and historical research and analysis in order to critically engage with the lived religiosity and daily struggles of the dedicated women, known as devadāsīs. In doing so, she works towards an Indecent Dalit Liberation Theology that challenges systems of oppression and cultures of impunity, including casteism, sexism, classism and a history of socio-political and religious marginalisation. The result is a profound theologising of struggle and resistance with the sexual narratives of the oppressed.
Brill Research Perspectives in Theology covers state of the art analyses and critical studies in major and emerging fields in systematic, practical, historical, and intercultural theology. It provides the most up-to-date research written by a leading theologian in the field.
Each issue consists of 50 to 100 pages, including an annotated bibliography. Topics range from theologians and specific periods in the history of theology to recent trends and themes in contemporary theology, from confessional traditions to methodological debates, from classic doctrinal themes to current developments in theology and society. The Brill Research Perspectives in Theology is an invaluable resource for scholars wishing to draw on the latest theological research, as well as a dynamic resource for teaching and for students of theology and related fields.
Series Editors: James Grayson and David Maxwell
Editor-in-Chief: Peggy Brock
Studies in Christian Mission publishes scholarly monographs and edited volumes in the history of transcultural missionary movements from the sixteenth century onwards, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Evangelical/Pentecostal.
It particularly welcomes proposals that position the study of so far unexplored episodes of mission within wider discussions of the social and cultural factors within missions, of colonialism and post-colonialism, of nationalism and transnationalism and of the tensions between localized and global forms of Christianity.

The series published an average of 1,5 volumes per year over the last 5 years.

The book series is also available as e-book collection. For more information see here.
The Indigenous ‘Injīliyyūn’ in the Arab-Muslim Context of Syria-Lebanon
After-Mission touches on on three questions.The first question is about self-perception and identity-formation strategies, and the various views that we have on the Protestants’ relation to their Arab Muslim Middle Eastern context. This will furnish the basis for the ensuing parts, as it will provide the study with coherent and analytical readings of the cultural situation and intellectual views of the Arab Eastern Protestants in their Sitz im Leben from the perspective of the hermeneutic tripod of ‘identity–othering–relationality’.

The second question, about the theological dimension, asks what kind of a theological discourse do the Protestants need to develop, and how do they need to re-form their own theological heritage, in such a manner that will allow them to heal the historical enmity and suspicion towards them from the Eastern Orthodox Christian community in the region? How should they re-think their traditional view on theological subjects common to them and the Eastern Christian tradition? Traditional Protestant attitudes towards Eastern Christianity, which have been viewed through the lens of evangelicalism and mission, have failed to grant the Protestants an influential and truly indigenous presence in the region and have led to them being constantly accused of being a foreign transplant and alien entity. In the light of this, it is clear that going beyond missiology and traditional evangelicalism demands re-thinking certain mutually shared but contentious theological subjects from a new perspective with the focus on more constructive attempts to build fellowship through dialogue.

Finally, the third question touches on the Protestants’ future in the Arab Muslim Middle East by viewing this inquiry from a broader perspective that is related to all the Middle Eastern Christian communities’ presence and role in the Muslim-majority context. It will discuss questions about the kind of presence and role that Christians, Protestants included, should hope to play in order to guarantee survival and a continuing presence in the region. The question of identity formation, and the managing of difference without trapping it in the mud of ‘otherizing and self-otherizing’, will also be tackled, so that the theological dimension is integrated with the broader, multifaceted contextual one.