New Books

  1. The Song of Songs & the Fashioning of Identity in Early Latin Christianity (OUP, 2015)

    In this work, Karl Shuve provides a new account of how the Song of Songs became one of the most popular biblical texts in medieval Western Christianity, through a close and detailed study of its interpretation by late antique Latin theologians. Through a comprehensive analysis of these citations and allusions, Shuve argues that contrary to the expectations of many modern scholars, the Song of Songs was not a problematic text for early Christian theologians, but was a resource that they mined as they debated the nature of the church and of the virtuous life. The first part of the volume considers the use of the Song in the churches of Roman Africa and Spain, where bishops and theologians focused on images of enclosure and purity invoked in the poem. In the second part, the focus is late fourth-century Italy, where a new ascetic interpretation, concerned particularly with women’s piety, began to emerge.
    The book is published by Oxford University Press ( )


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  2. Memory, Mission, & Identity. Orality & the Apostolic Miracle Tradition

    This book by Brandon Walker uses social memory theory to evaluate the miracle stories of Peter and Paul in three second-century texts: canonical Acts, the Acts of Peter and the Acts of Paul. Far from negligible to the spread of early Christianity, the memory of Jesus’ miracles and those related to apostles Peter and Paul was important for establishing early Christian identity and promoting discipleship. The memory of miracles of Peter and Paul was retained and developed in an effort to promote imitation of Jesus in second-century Christian communities.

    ISBN 978-2-503-55589-8
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  3. Make the Words Your Own: An Early Christian Guide to the Psalms (Paraclete Press, 2014)

    The Psalms have been the prayer book of God’s people for three thousand years. But many Christians today are at a loss for how to read the Psalms, and so are largely unfamiliar with how the Psalms can teach us to pray.

    Make the Words Your Own: An Early Christian Guide to the Psalms, by Benjamin D. Wayman, recovers Athanasius’s Letter to Marcellinus to teach Christians today how to pray the psalms. This is one of the earliest surviving Christian meditations on how to pray the psalms.

    For information on purchasing the book, go to



    December 1st, 2015 11:43 am | Continue Reading
  4. New Book Series in Early Christianity (Penn State Press)

    We are pleased to announce a partnership with The Pennsylvania State University Press to publish Inventing Christianity, a new book series. We are currently accepting proposals for the series, which seeks original work that contributes to the study of the second and third centuries and interrogates notions of “inventing” early Christianity (e.g. developing notions of Christian identity, boundary formation, etc.) from a variety of scholarly perspectives.

    You may learn more about the series by following either of the links below, and by all means feel free to contact the series editors with any questions.

    David L. Eastman and L. Stephanie Cobb
    Co-Editors of Inventing Christianity, The Pennsylvania State University Press


    November 16th, 2015 10:48 am | Continue Reading
  5. Mobile app of Augustine’s Confessions

    Villanova has now published a mobile app of Augustine’s Confessions !


    The formal launch of this app will be November 13, 2015 at 2:30, at the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University.

    All are welcome!

    Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, O.S.A.
    The Augustinian Institute


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