A Relevant Way to Read

“Margaret Sim shows how one of the leading theories of pragmatics – Relevance Theory – provides a comprehensive and enlightening account of how we communicate, and applies this rigorously to the New Testament. Her exposition shows how focusing on the communicative functions of words sheds light on many exegetical controversies involving issues such as how to identify irony, the flexibility of connectives, and the various uses of conditional sentences. The book is written in a clear and jargon-free manner that will make it accessible to advanced students of biblical studies and established biblical scholars with little or no prior exposure to linguistics and pragmatics.”
Steve Nicolle, Assistant Professor, Canada Institute of Linguistics,
Trinity Western University, Canada

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A Relevant Way to Read: A New Approach to Exegesis and Communication
By Margaret G. Sim
ISBN: 9780227174425

A Relevant Way to Read, is one of our newer titles, a rigourously developed exegesis of the Gospels and Paul’s letters. Margaret G. Sim utlisises her indepth knowledge of New Testament Greek to bring us this inciteful and enlightening book. The book provides a clear and straightforward exploration of Relevance Theory in relation to an exegesis of the New Testament creating an new and deeper interpretation of the text.

For extracts, reviews and to order the book check our website here.

Margaret G. Sim works as a translation consultant for Wycliffe Bible Translators and is a learned academic who has lectured for many years in Biblical Studies and Translation at the Africa International University. She has also written another work, drawing on her extensive knowledge: Marking Thought and Talk in New Testament Greek is a focused linguistics study of the particle 'hina' in New Testament Greek. It is also available on our website here.


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#Reviews from Modern Believing

Warmest regards to our friends at Modern Believing who have published a number of reviews of our titles in the most recent edition (57.2) of their highly respected journal.

Communicating the Faith Indirectly
Selected Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers

“These collections will appeal especially to those who knew Holmer personally and sat at his feet as students and colleagues. But the main reason that the editors and publishers have taken such trouble to bring these papers together is because they believe that they deserve a wider audience. They are right…”
John Saxbee, Modern Believing (57.2), March 2016

Lutheran Identity and Political Theology

“Overall, the collection demonstrates that Lutheran scholarship is alive and aware of the same challenges of the twenty-first century that other denominational bodies are beginning to address. Those who are looking for glimpses of how these questions are being addressed will find a diverse set of answers between the covers, unified in their optimism.”
Claire Hein Blanton, Modern Believing (57.2), March 2016

The Practice of the Body of Christ
Human Agency in Pauline Theology after MacIntyre

“Those familiar with MacIntyre will appreciate the well-developed section on his reading of Augustine, not to mention the mature deconstruction of the modern moral tradition.
… For my own part, I find him persuasive.”
Michael Lakey, Modern Believing (57.2), March 2016

Confessing the Faith Yesterday and Today
Essays Reformed, Dissenting, and Catholic

“Sell writes well, often with a twinkle in his eye and usually generous when treating thinkers with whom he takes issue. He displays a refreshing humility for a Reformed Theologian…. This book deserves a wide audience….
It ought to be read by church leaders and all thinking Christians…”
David Peel, Modern Believing (57.2), March 2016

Milton’s Inward Liberty
A Reading of Christian Liberty from the Prose to Paradise Lost

“Falcone makes his case reasonably well…. There are some good insights…”
Theo Hobson, Modern Believing (57.2), March 2016

Reading Auschwitz with Barth
The Holocaust as Problem and Promise for Barthian Theology

“…this is an interesting, readable, and important book that provides a fitting capstone to Lindsay’s trilogy. One of the most significant contributions of this book is its willingness to face what Lindsay calles the tremendum of the holocaust and to continue to rethink Christian theology, liturgy, and practise in light of the horror of those events.”
Ashley Cocksworth, Modern Believing (57.2), March 2016

Looking Unto Jesus
The Christ-Centered Piety of Seventeenth-Century Baptists

Yuille’s Looking unto Jesus is another valuable publication that seeks to bring more obscure theological writings to modern readers…. Yuille provides the means by which modern readers can engage with these works, expounding on themes, issues and biblical passages in order to show more clearly how much can be gained from reading the work of such passionate preachers.
Rachel Adcock, Modern Believing (57.2), March 2016

The Trinity and the Vindication of Christian Paradox
An Interpretation and Refinement of the Theological Apologetic of Cornelius Van Til

…Bosserman’s lucid and insightful monograph provokes [important questions on vindicating paradoxes].
Cory Brock, Modern Believing (57.2), March 2016

The Fifteen Confederates

As the author of an important monograph on Eberlin, Dipple is well qualified to rectify that deficiency by offering a translation and introduction which reflect the most recent scholarship. …a fine edition, which will be of great use to students of the Reformation who do not have German.
Tom Scott, Modern Believing (57.2), March 2016

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#BookoftheMonth: ‘Just Deceivers’ by Matthew Newkirk!

We are pleased to announce that our new title Just Deceivers: An Exploration of the Motif of Deception in the Books of Samuel by Matthew Newkirk has been listed as Book of the Month by the American Journal of Biblical Theology!

Newkirk’s book brings us an in-depth study of the depiction of lies and deception in 1 and 2 Samuel, demonstrating the complexity of the attitudes towards falsehood expressed in the text.

“Combining careful research, a broad acquaintance with pertinent primary and secondary literature, a lucid and inviting writing style, and sound judgment throughout, Newkirk’s book should find a place on the reading lists not only of students of the books of Samuel but of all who have ever puzzled over ‘lying episodes’ in the Bible.”

 V. Philips Long, Professor of Old Testament, Regent College, Vancouver.

To read the American Journal of Biblical Theology blog in full, follow this link: http://www.biblicaltheology.com

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#Review! Eternal Blessedness for All? By Anette I. Hagan

Eternal Blessedness for All?

A Historical-Systematic Examination of Schleiermacher’s Understanding of Predestination

By Anette I. Hagan

“Anette I. Hagen delivers with her revised and extended dissertation…an…intuitive and objective investigation of the dogmatic doctrine of the predetermination of humanity towards their ecstatic destiny through gods advice. ”
Wolfgang Sommer, Theologische Literaturzeitung No 140 Heft 11, November 2015

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#Review! Richard Hooker and the Vision of God by Charles Miller

Richard Hooker and the Vision of God

Exploring the Origins of ‘Anglicanism’

by Charles Miller

“It offers a very exquisite introduction; especially precious are the cleverly chosen excerpt in the appendix. “-Martin Ohst, Theologische Literaturzeichnung, No 141 Heft 11, November 2015

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#Review! Christian Origins and the Ancient Economy by David A. Fiensy

Christian Origins and the Ancient Economy

By David A. Fiensy

ISBNISBN: 9780227174760 (Paperback)

“All articles stand out due to the impressive, confident and knowledgeable handling of secondary literature.” – Lukas Bormann, Theologische Literaturzeitung No141 Heft 1/2, January/Febuary 2016

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#Review! Mission in the Early Church by Edward L. Smither

Mission in the Early Church: Themes and Reflections

by Edward L. Smither

ISBN: 9780227174852 (Paperback)

“The chapter about contextualization is especially interesting!”  Jorg Chrsitian Salzmann, Theologische Literaturzeitung No141 Heft 1/2, January/Febuary 2016

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#Review! Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul by Chris Tilling


Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul by Chris Tilling

ISBN: 9780227174630 (Paperback)

“…Campels critical understanding of the protestant theory of justification…locates his work outside of the current mainstream of the [Study of Paulus]. “- Andreas Seifert, Theologische Literaturzeitung, No 141 Heft 3, March 2016

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World Poetry Day

By Heshani G. Arachchige

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March 21st marks World Poetry Day. On this day we celebrate all things poetry, be it reading, teaching, or publishing.

James Clarke & Co.  provide a range of books celebrating poetry which study the art form and its artists through multiple perspectives. Find the collection below, alongside some helpful links to the books in case you want some further detail!


An Unexpected Lightunexpected
Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O’Siadhail and Geoffrey Hill
By David C. Mahan

A challenging and original work that argues that the arts, and poetry in particular, offer an invaluable and under-explored medium for developing and communicating theological insights.

“David Mahan is a superb close reader of poetry and also a rich theological thinker. This book shows how poetry and theology can come together to light up the great questions of human life today. Above all, his profound engagement with three fascinating poets – O’Siadhail, Williams, and Hill – will expand the circle of those who recognize their great significance for the twenty-first century”
David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

Find here.


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On Poetry
By Giovanni Antonio Viperano

One of the most significant works of poetics of the Renaissance, covering the historical development of poetry, the theoretical basis of poetics, and the practicalities of reading and writing poetry.

Giovanni Antonio Viperano (1535–1610) was born in Messina, Sicily. He was educated by the Jesuits, and excelled in rhetoric, philosophy and other branches of the humanities. Although often plagued by ill-health, he became renowned as a brilliant scholar and teacher. Although best known to his contemporaries as a writer on history, he also wrote on political theory, philosophy, biographical theory and theology, as well as literary criticism.

Find here.

Head to The Lutterworth Press’ blog to check out their titles celebrating World Poetry Day!

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Ali and Nino Cover Bodies and Borders

By Heshani G. Arachchige


Bodies, Borders, Believers is a new title from James Clarke & Co. this June honouring Turid Karlsen Seim, the first woman to achieve a doctoral degree in theology from a Norwegian university. It presents a collection of essays that adhere to her academic interests, exploring themes such as gender analysis, bodily practises and ecumenical dialogue. To give you a clear idea of the range of topics explored in the book, Professor Bernadette J. Brooten of Brandeis University Scholars puts it best when she states that the book’s ‘scholars explore the borders between life and death, women and men, and Christians and Muslims; and discuss how belief can unite, not just divide’.

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The original German cover published in 1937

These very themes build Kurbain Said’s tale of Ali and Nino. The book is about a Muslim boy from the East and a Christian girl from the West – individuals from opposite sides of a border raised by differing beliefs – who are able to grasp a notion that the world of contradiction around them cannot; their understanding that differences should be respected as much as similarities draw the two together through love. After numerous conflicting events, the couple come to marry and have a child; however, their story is based within the time period just prior to Soviet rule and Ali is intent on defending his homeland of Azerbaijan. He meets death just before the Bolsheviks take his country, and Nino leaves the reader in Georgia with their daughter. While labeled a romance, the book throws the notion of love into a time defined by conflict, and it is this backdrop of a negative against a positive that enhances the significance of the romance within readers’ minds; the novel was such a success that it was translated, from its original German tongue, into over thirty languages.

So powerful did Tamara Kvesitadze find the tale of the two lovers that she created a towering metal sculpture depicting the affair. Built in 2007 after being inspired by the sizenovel, the sculpture was renamed from “Man and Woman” to “Ali and Nino” in 2010 to dedicate itself completely to Said’s lovers. Located in Georgia, the sculpture towers twenty-six feet tall; a man and woman stand at some distance from one another until the seventh hour of each afternoon, when they move towards each other. The sculptures are designed in such a way that the two bodies slot perfectly into one another; after embracing and merging into one, the two bodies are moved onwards, through and away from one another, separating just as they did in the novel. However, the way in which the two unite to form something stronger than what they are individually represents the significance of the unity between Ali and Nino who, on paper, would have appeared as two astonishingly separate ends of a spectrum due to their differing backgrounds and upbringing. Said, however, took the differences as strengths, just as the scholars of Bodies, Borders, Believers explore differing genders, forces and religions and consider that the differences have the power to create strength by uniting.


Watch the sculptures here.

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