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The Mind and the Machine (What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters; BY Matthew T. Dickerson; FOREWORD BY Charles Taliaferro; Imprint: Cascade Books). Are humans just complex biochemical machines, mere physical parts of a causally closed materialist universe? Are we approaching the so-called "Singularity" when human consciousness can (and will) be downloaded into computers? Or is there more to the human person--something that might be known as soul or spirit? As this book makes clear…

The Mind and the Machine (What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters; BY Matthew T. Dickerson; FOREWORD BY Charles Taliaferro; Imprint: Cascade Books). Are humans just complex biochemical machines, mere physical parts of a causally closed materialist universe? Are we approaching the so-called "Singularity" when human consciousness can (and will) be downloaded into computers? Or is there more to the human person--something that might be known as soul or spirit? As this book makes clear…

ORIENTED TO FAITH (Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships; by Tim Otto; foreword by Shane Claiborne; Imprint: Cascade Books). Rather than embracing the conflict around gay relationships as an opportunity for the church to talk honestly about human sexuality, Christians continue to hurt one another with the same tired arguments that divide us along predictable political battle lines. If the world is to "know that we are Christians by our love," the church needs to discover better...

ORIENTED TO FAITH (Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships; by Tim Otto; foreword by Shane Claiborne; Imprint: Cascade Books). Rather than embracing the conflict around gay relationships as an opportunity for the church to talk honestly about human sexuality, Christians continue to hurt one another with the same tired arguments that divide us along predictable political battle lines. If the world is to "know that we are Christians by our love," the church needs to discover better...

THE LETTER OF JAMES (Worship to Live By; by John Paul Heil; Imprint: Cascade Books). This book proposes a new and comprehensive chiastic structure as well as a new unifying theme for the Letter of James. In accord with this structure that organizes its oral performance, the words "worship to live by" express what the letter as a whole is exhorting its audience to adopt. "Worship" includes not only liturgical worship but also the ethical behavior that complements it, so that the result is…

THE LETTER OF JAMES (Worship to Live By; by John Paul Heil; Imprint: Cascade Books). This book proposes a new and comprehensive chiastic structure as well as a new unifying theme for the Letter of James. In accord with this structure that organizes its oral performance, the words "worship to live by" express what the letter as a whole is exhorting its audience to adopt. "Worship" includes not only liturgical worship but also the ethical behavior that complements it, so that the result is…

The Social World of Deuteronomy (A New Feminist Commentary; BY Don C. Benjamin; Imprint: Cascade Books). The book of Deuteronomy is not an orphan. It belongs to a diverse family of legal traditions and cultures in the world of the Bible. The Social World of Deuteronomy: A New Feminist Commentary brings these traditions and cultures to life, and uses them to enrich our understanding and appreciation of Deuteronomy today. Benjamin uses social-scientific criticism to reconstruct the social...

The Social World of Deuteronomy (A New Feminist Commentary; BY Don C. Benjamin; Imprint: Cascade Books). The book of Deuteronomy is not an orphan. It belongs to a diverse family of legal traditions and cultures in the world of the Bible. The Social World of Deuteronomy: A New Feminist Commentary brings these traditions and cultures to life, and uses them to enrich our understanding and appreciation of Deuteronomy today. Benjamin uses social-scientific criticism to reconstruct the social...

Sustaining Persons, Grieving Losses (A Fresh Pastoral Approach for the Challenges of the Dementia Journey; BY Dianne Crowther; FOREWORD BY Neil Pembroke; Imprint: Cascade Books). Dementia presents a significant social issue in a hyper-cognitive culture where stigma, relational neglect, and isolation still accompany forgetfulness. This raises serious theological, ecclesiological, and pastoral questions calling for a Christian response. To fight against a malignant social positioning of…

Sustaining Persons, Grieving Losses (A Fresh Pastoral Approach for the Challenges of the Dementia Journey; BY Dianne Crowther; FOREWORD BY Neil Pembroke; Imprint: Cascade Books). Dementia presents a significant social issue in a hyper-cognitive culture where stigma, relational neglect, and isolation still accompany forgetfulness. This raises serious theological, ecclesiological, and pastoral questions calling for a Christian response. To fight against a malignant social positioning of…

THE GOD OF SECOND CHANCES (Finding Hope through the Prophets of Exile; by Ron Clark; Imprint: Cascade Books). When the people of Judah were taken captive by the Babylonians, their world was drastically changed. While in exile they experienced shame, guilt, fear, and displacement. However, their God had been traumatized by their behavior and also grieved with them. Yet, Yahweh gave them a second chance by forgiving them and bringing them home. God offered them hope, mercy, and love. The...

THE GOD OF SECOND CHANCES (Finding Hope through the Prophets of Exile; by Ron Clark; Imprint: Cascade Books). When the people of Judah were taken captive by the Babylonians, their world was drastically changed. While in exile they experienced shame, guilt, fear, and displacement. However, their God had been traumatized by their behavior and also grieved with them. Yet, Yahweh gave them a second chance by forgiving them and bringing them home. God offered them hope, mercy, and love. The...

Le-maʿan Ziony (Essays in Honor of Ziony Zevit; EDITED BY Frederick E. Greenspahn, Gary Rendsburg; Imprint: Cascade Books). An international array of twenty-six scholars contributes twenty-one essays to honor Ziony Zevit (American Jewish University), one of the foremost biblical scholars of his generation. The breadth of the honoree is indicated by the breadth of coverage in these twenty-one articles, with seven each in the categories of history and archaeology, Bible, and Hebrew (and...

Le-maʿan Ziony (Essays in Honor of Ziony Zevit; EDITED BY Frederick E. Greenspahn, Gary Rendsburg; Imprint: Cascade Books). An international array of twenty-six scholars contributes twenty-one essays to honor Ziony Zevit (American Jewish University), one of the foremost biblical scholars of his generation. The breadth of the honoree is indicated by the breadth of coverage in these twenty-one articles, with seven each in the categories of history and archaeology, Bible, and Hebrew (and...

Holiness in the Letters of Paul (The Necessary Response to the Gospel; BY J. Ayodeji Adewuya; Imprint: Cascade Books). Paul's understanding of holiness stems from the holiness of God as revealed in the Old Testament. Using varied terminology, Paul describes the holiness that should characterize the believers as the people of God. God expects moral integrity of his people, because he has provided believers with his Holy Spirit to enable them to live exemplary, Christlike lives in this…

Holiness in the Letters of Paul (The Necessary Response to the Gospel; BY J. Ayodeji Adewuya; Imprint: Cascade Books). Paul's understanding of holiness stems from the holiness of God as revealed in the Old Testament. Using varied terminology, Paul describes the holiness that should characterize the believers as the people of God. God expects moral integrity of his people, because he has provided believers with his Holy Spirit to enable them to live exemplary, Christlike lives in this…

Converging Destinies (Jews, Christians, and the Mission of God; BY Stuart Dauermann; FOREWORD BY Calvin L. Smith; Imprint: Cascade Books). While all have reason to celebrate the greening of Christian-Jewish relations since the Shoah and the promulgation of Nostra Aetate (4), few will deny that much work remains to be done by Christians and Jews seeking the best way forward that they might best serve God's purposes in the world, the mission of God. This book addresses that need by first...

Converging Destinies (Jews, Christians, and the Mission of God; BY Stuart Dauermann; FOREWORD BY Calvin L. Smith; Imprint: Cascade Books). While all have reason to celebrate the greening of Christian-Jewish relations since the Shoah and the promulgation of Nostra Aetate (4), few will deny that much work remains to be done by Christians and Jews seeking the best way forward that they might best serve God's purposes in the world, the mission of God. This book addresses that need by first...

THE INTERFACE OF ORALITY AND WRITING (Speaking, Seeing, Writing in the Shaping of New Genres; edited by Annette Weissenrieder, Robert B. Coote; Imprint: Cascade Books). How did the visual, the oral, and the written interrelate in antiquity? The essays in this collection address the competing and complementary roles of visual media, forms of memory, oral performance, and literacy and popular culture in the ancient Mediterranean world. Incorporating both customary and innovative...

THE INTERFACE OF ORALITY AND WRITING (Speaking, Seeing, Writing in the Shaping of New Genres; edited by Annette Weissenrieder, Robert B. Coote; Imprint: Cascade Books). How did the visual, the oral, and the written interrelate in antiquity? The essays in this collection address the competing and complementary roles of visual media, forms of memory, oral performance, and literacy and popular culture in the ancient Mediterranean world. Incorporating both customary and innovative...

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