Small 8vo. 394pgs. 3/4 leather with green cloth boards. By Pastorini, a pseudonym of Walmesley. Very bright gilt spine titles. Front split hinge. Foxing throughout and some signs of what appears to be dampstaining. Ex libris of Rev. Vincent Rush.
Theories of generosity, or gift giving, are becoming increasingly important in recent work in philosophy and religion. Stephen Webb seeks to build on this renewed interest by surveying a distinctively modern and postmodern approach to the issue of generosity, and then developing a theological framework for it. He contends that in many ways society has become suspicious of charity and generosity. This cynicism has led to quick and easy judgments, that, in turn, have led to a new orthodoxy with its own troubling consequences. Webb believes that we need to recover the generosity that our culture obscures behind this monologue on self-interest, and that theology, as a form of critical thought, can play a helpful role. Throughout the book, Webb argues for a theory of giving that is other-oriented without being self-negating. He maintains that the generosity of God's grace, properly understood, can reorient our own idea of the gift and must be correlated to our own practices of exchange and reciprocity.
A masterpiece of deep learning and fine sensibility, Robert Alter's translation of the Hebrew Bible, now complete, reanimates one of the formative works of our culture. Capturing its brilliantly compact poetry and finely wrought, purposeful prose, Alter renews the Old Testament as a source of literary power and spiritual inspiration. From the family frictions of Genesis and King David's flawed humanity to the serene wisdom of Psalms and Job's incendiary questioning of God's ways, these magnificent works of world literature resonate with a startling immediacy. Featuring Alter's generous commentary, which quietly alerts readers to the literary and historical dimensions of the text, this is the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible.
1855, 8vo, 159 pgs. Ex-library, with the usual markings. Full bound brown cloth with faded but legible gilt title on spine. Description of Nazareth Hall's history, including lists of its pupils, teachers, and records of the reunions. Text is clean throughout with the exception of random spots of foxing. Offset from frontispiece on title pg. Boards are clean, spine sunned to a different color. Spine tail and bottom corners lightly frayed. Otherwise a very good solid book.
First edition. 8vo, 532 pgs. Bound in green cloth with gilt letting on cover and spine. Cover is intricately designed with black stamping and four cameo portraitures in gilt stamp. Head and tail of spine are rubbed and faded, the corners lightly worn, and the front cover shaken. Front pastedown has a library plate; there are no other library marks on the book.
Printed by David Gray, 1761. Twelfth edition. Full contemporary leather. Leather is mottled and rubbed but the binding has integrity, and overall few flaws. Slight chipping and cracking at the edges, mostly at the head of the spine. Five raised bands to spine, and a red title label; also gilt titles and gilt decoration. Title label is chipped and partly effaced, but the gilt is bright and title still legible. Textblock age-toned but otherwise clean. Some mottling/foxing to endpapers. Previous owner's name to front pastedown, as well as the traces of previous writing. A handsome and sturdy copy of this work of religious philosophy.
The source readings in Hymnology are primary documents illustrating the philosophy and practice of congregational singing during various historical periods of the Christian church. They are drawn from a wide variety of sources including letters, diaries, periodicals, hymnal and tunebook prefaces, theological treatises, certain controversial books and pamphlets, and deliberations of church councils. The material ranges in date from the beginning of the second century to the 1960s. All the major streams of Christian song are covered, including early Greek and Latin hymnody, pre-Reformation vernacular hymnody, the Lutheran chorale, Reformed psalmody, and English and American hymnody from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The book is suitable for use as a text or supplementary text for courses in hymnology, a professional reference work for ministers and church musicians, and a book for laymen interested in the history of church music.
Clean, bright, in unclipped jackets. Volume 1 has underlining. All volumes have crossed-out ownership signature on FFEP.