Books ordered 8-28-2015

These books were just firm-ordered Browse title in MNCAT in a few weeks to check for availability

Aroma Of Righteousness: Scent And Seduction In Rabbinic Life And Literature. Green, Deborah A Paper 2014
Islam And Rationality: The Impact Of Al-Ghazali: Papers Collected On His 900th Anniversary.; V. 1 Ebook 2015
Ladder Of Jacob: Ancient Interpretations Of The Biblical Story Of Jacob And His Children. Kugel, James L Paper 2009
Letter That Has Not Been Read: Dreams In The Hebrew Bible; Trans. By Lenn J. Schramm. Bar, Shaul Ebook 2001
Many Faces Of Herod The Great. Marshak, Adam Kolman, 1979- Paper 2014
Patterns Of Rationality: Recurring Inferences In Science, Social Cognition And Religious Thinking. Bertolotti, Tommaso Cloth 2015
Text-Critical Use Of The Septuagint In Biblical Research. Tov, Emanuel Ebook 2015

World Religion Database

When you need statistics for research in religious studies, log in and take a look at World Religion Database:

World Religion Database
International religious demographic statistics and sources
Edited by Todd M. Johnson, Ph.D., and Brian J. Grim, Ph.D.

The World Religion Database (WRD) contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country of the world. It provides source material, including censuses and surveys, as well as best estimates for every religion to offer a definitive picture of international religious demography. It offers best estimates at multiple dates for each of the world’s religions for the period 1900 to 2050.

The WRD will be constantly updated with new sources of data as they become available, such as estimates of religious affiliation at the province level within countries and religious freedom information for all countries. A feedback mechanism is available for users to leave comments on sources or methodology related to any figure reported in the WRD.

Bar Ilan’s Judaic Library

This resource is located in Wilson Reference (first floor). You’ll need the CD and the associated workstation (ask at the first floor service desk). We own version 19.

Bar Ilan‘s Judaic Library : in a class by itself– : plus Responsa & Encyclopedia Talmudit.
אוניברסיטת בר־אילן. פרוייקט השו״ת; רש״י, 1040־1105; Universiṭat BarIlan. Proyeḳṭ ha-shut.
Monsey, N.Y. : Torah Educational Software 9999
Check holdings at TC Wilson Library Reference (BM495 .B39 )

  • Location / Call Number
  • TC Wilson Library   Reference   BM495 .B39
    version 17, full library (1 CD-ROM)
    version 19+ (1 DVD-ROM)

The Global Jewish Database (The Responsa Project) at Bar-Ilan University is the largest database of its kind. This database includes the full text of the Bible and its principal commentaries, the Babylonian Talmud with Rashi’s commentary and Tosafot, the Jerusalem Talmud, the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides, 300 Rambam Commentaries (Friedberg ed.), Shulchan Aruch with commentaries, Midrashim, hundreds of books of responsa, searchable text of 12,000 articles from various Torah periodicals and collections, and the Talmudic Encyclopedia, representing a period of over three thousand years of Jewish literary creativity. – info from publisher is based on a newer (22) version.

Books ordered May 2015

These books were just firm-ordered (there are also books that come automatically; I’ll post those in the near future).  Browse title in MNCAT  in a few weeks to check for availability


Christian Responses to Islam in Nigeria: a Contextual Study of Ambivalent Encounters. Akinade, Akintunde E Cloth 2014
Conversos in the Responsa of Sephardic Halakhic Authorities in the 15th Century. Zsom, Dora, 1977- Cloth 2014
Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism. Koehler, Benedikt Cloth 2014
Female Piety and the Catholic Reformation in France. Hillman, Jennifer Cloth 2014
Fundamentalism and Charismatic Movements: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies Cloth 2012
Josephus’ Interpretation of the Books of Samuel. Avioz, Michael Cloth 2015
Universal Salvation in Late Antiquity: Porphyry of Tyre and the Pagan-Christian Debate. Simmons, Michael Bland Cloth 2015

King James Bible and the World It Made Ebook 2011
Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia Ebook 2009
On Teaching Religion: Essays By Jonathan Z. Smith. Lehrich Ebook 2012


Books just ordered

Search our catalog in a few weeks to check availability

Arabic Versions Of The Pentateuch: A Comparative Study Of Jewish, Christian, And Muslim Sources. Vollandt, Ronny Cloth 2015
Arabs Without God. Whitaker, Brian Paper 2015
Coming Out Christian In The Roman World: How The Followers Of Jesus Made A Place In Caesar’s Empire. Boin, Douglas Cloth 2015
Cries In The New Wilderness: From The Files Of The Moscow Institute Of Atheism; Trans. By Eve Adler. Epstein, Mikhail N Cloth 2002
Demiurge In Ancient Thought: Secondary Gods And Divine Mediators. O’brien, Carl Sean Cloth 2015
Ethics In Ancient Israel. Barton, John. Cloth 2014
God, Faith & Identity From The Ashes: Reflections Of Children And Grandchildren Of Holocaust Survivors. Cloth 2015
Gospel Of Mary: Beyond A Gnostic And Biblical Mary Magdalene. Boer, Esther A. De Cloth 2004
Kabbalistic Revolution: Reimagining Judaism In Medieval Spain. Lachter, Hartley, 1974- Cloth 2014
No Islam But Islam. Moon, Farzana Cloth 2015
SBL Handbook Of Style: For Biblical Studies And Related Disciplines. Cloth 2014

Gale Virtual Reference

Gale Virtual Reference is an excellent resource offering titles in religious studies and many other disciplines*:


Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2007
Encyclopedia of Easter, Carnival, and Lent, 2002
Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2006
Encyclopedia of Religion, 2005
Encyclopedia of Religion and the Law in America, 2009
Encyclopedia of Religion in America, 2010
Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an (IEQ), 2013
New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2003
Religions of the World, 2010
The Religious Right, 2007
Science and the World’s Religions, 2012
Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions, 2004
The Varieties of Magical Experience, 2013


General Reference
Multicultural Studies
Nation and World
Social Science

link to Gale Virtual Reference


Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus

U of M Twin Cities affiliates, you have access to this title!

Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus (4 vols)- be sure to log in to the U of M Libraries site so that your access is approved.

publisher note:

Edited by Tom Holmén, Helsinki University and Åbo Akademi University and Stanley E. Porter, McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario

A hundred years after A. Schweitzer’s Von Reimarus zu Wrede, the study of the historical Jesus is again experiencing a renaissance. Ongoing since the beginning of the 1980’s, this renaissance has produced an abundance of Jesus studies that also display a welcome diversity of methods, approaches and hypotheses. The Handbook of the Study of the Historical Jesus is designed to handle this diversity and abundance. Drawing from first-class scholarship throughout the world, the four large volumes of the Handbook offer a unique assembly of leading experts presenting their approaches to the historical Jesus, as well as a thought-out compilation of original studies on a large variety of topics pertaining to Jesus research and adjacent areas.