Reformation 501 Roundup: Our Top 5 Picks of Books about the Reformation

By Sarah Welch, Editorial Assistant Last year, we recognized the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on October 31—the date on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the doors of the Wittenberg Castle church in 1517. Luther’s theses condemned practices of the Catholic church which he felt contradicted Jesus’ teaching of repentance, focusing … Continue reading Reformation 501 Roundup: Our Top 5 Picks of Books about the Reformation

Understanding the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature: Book Overview & Excerpts

by Amy Paulsen-Reed, Sales Representative and Assistant Editor Carta’s newest title, Understanding the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature, presents a fresh, accessible take on the Jewishness of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The author, Jeffrey P. García, does an excellent job of presenting solid scholarly material for a lay audience, and when his text is combined … Continue reading Understanding the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature: Book Overview & Excerpts

Book Review: Navigating the Friendship Maze by Michele Howe

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Navigating the Friendship Maze is beloved author Michele Howe’s newest book. It will help women of all ages make thoughtful, prayerful choices about the friends they develop and nurture through life. In the Bible, the book of Proverbs makes frequent reference to the invaluable influence of godly individuals upon one’s life—In short, we become like those we spend the most time with! So Michele’s book will help women make wise decisions and cultivate the best friendships that they can.

Navigating the Friendship Maze contains stories of real women who have chosen wisely as well as some who have not; and will include discussions of the principles outlined. Each chapter explores various facets of friendship, such as the three types of friends every woman needs and practical ways to be a good friend. Each chapter also includes a Scripture reading, a brief prayer, and practical suggestions for…

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Review: Faith Across the Multiverse

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Faith Across the Multiverse: Parables from Modern Science, Andy Walsh. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2018.

Summary: Explores how science, particularly math, physics, biology, and computer science, might illuminate one’s understanding of the Bible and the God of the Bible.

In his parables, Jesus spoke of various natural phenomenon to help us understand the kingdom of God–seeds, birds of the air, lilies of the fields, yeast, sheep, and more. God invites Abraham to count the stars and questions Job about the creation. In Faith Across the Multiverse, Andy Walsh asks the question of how various observable phenomenon and theories in science might illuminate our understanding of God, the Bible and spiritual realities. He focuses his inquiry in the fields of math, physics, biology, and computer science, reflecting his background in several of these fields. His day job is Chief Science Officer at Health Monitoring Systems where he develops statistical methods for…

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Understanding the Maccabean Revolt: An Introductory Atlas

understanding the maccabean revoltFor more information about Understanding the Maccabean Revolt, visit our website.

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If you are like me, the silent years between the Old and New Testaments is a place of weakness as a Bible student. There were turbulent events that changed many things about the political world situation that ended the Old Testament to the Roman control firmly in place when the New Testament began. Part of that important transition had to do with the Maccabean revolt. This beautiful introductory atlas by Carta that matches the style of several attractive introductory atlases now in print by them is the perfect place to correct the deficiency of your biblical knowledge.

The work of three highly-respected scholars was effectively molded together to give us a vivid overview. Michael Avi-Yonah who has prolifically written on Bible history and archaeology is the original contributor. Two other scholars from Israel, Shmuel Safrai and Ze’ev Safrai, combined to finish and update this useful work.

In this book, you…

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Is It Wrong to Accommodate the Gospel?: A Sneak Peek into the Book Words and Witnesses

By Jocelyn Lee, Editorial/Marketing Intern When attending a church service, it’s natural for me to want to gravitate toward those targeted at a younger audience. Modern sermon illustrations, exciting presentation, upbeat worship music, and a relatable preacher all make the message more appealing for people my age (I’m about to go into my freshman year … Continue reading Is It Wrong to Accommodate the Gospel?: A Sneak Peek into the Book Words and Witnesses

How Do Stories Increase Your Empathy for Others?

“With careful research and considerable grace, Child from the Sea is a masterful tale woven around a life that was shrouded in mystery.”

Thanks to Michele for an excellent review of The Child from the Sea and a lovely overview of Elizabeth Goudge’s legendary talent for writing.

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Time has a way of eroding the sharp edges of a story. Details become foggy and the setting becomes indistinct. Fully alive, three-dimensional characters may lose their identity in stereotype, becoming mere placeholders in their own story.

This was the case for Lucy Walter, the heroine in Elizabeth Goudge’s Child from the Sea. Born in 17th century Wales, Lucy met the young prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and young love blossomed. History has cast Lucy in the role of Charles II’s mistress, but Goudge dove into the historical record and reached a different conclusion:

What if the lore that Lucy and Charles had been secretly married is true?

In a context in which the dalliances of royalty were accepted as a matter of course and the marriage of a royal to a commoner was so unthinkable that Lucy would have been without recourse if the young king…

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Review: BAM Global Movement

BAM_1“I hope this will serve as a wider introduction to the Business as Mission movement for pastors, denominational and mission leaders that might inspire them to a larger vision of all of the people of God engaged in the mission of God.”

Learn more about this book on our website!

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BAM Global MovementGea Gort & Mats Tunehag, Foreword by Albert M. Erisman. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2018.

Summary: A compendium of short chapters on the theology and theory of the Business as Mission movement combined with thirty stories of practitioners.

BAM is an acronym for Business as Mission, sometimes called “transformational business” or “kingdom companies” or “Great Commission companies.” The idea is the formation of businesses run on biblical principles to advance God’s purposes in the world. Mat’s Tunehag summarizes this as follows:

“The first global think tank on BAM (2003-4) and the Lausanne paper on BAM (2004) helped catalyze a common global understanding of the concept. It sought to address how businesses can:

  • serve people
  • align with God’s purposes
  • be good stewards of the planet and
  • make a profit

This is often referred to as the quadruple bottom line. We aim at a positive impact economically, socially…

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Expand Your Teen’s Understanding of Biblical History with Carta Jerusalem’s Teacher’s Guides

By Sarah Welch, Editorial Assistant In the days of my own homeschooling, early August was when my family and I sat down in earnest to decide what exactly we wanted to be part of my curriculum that year. While I’ve now completed my undergrad with a degree in English, I still feel the pull to … Continue reading Expand Your Teen’s Understanding of Biblical History with Carta Jerusalem’s Teacher’s Guides

A Sneak Preview of the Printed Volumes

Septuaginta: A Reader's Edition

This was just posted by Hendrickson, who is running a fantastic pre-order sale on the hardbound edition ($65!). This is our first view of the actual printed volumes, showing the spines and packaging materials. Very exciting!

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