Stephen Stern, Associate Professor and Department Chair, has published his book "The Unbinding of Isaac" (Peter Lang Publishers, 2012).
Stern upends traditional understanding of this controversial narrative through a phenomenological midrash or interpretation of Genesis 22 from the dialogic and Jewish philosophies of Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas.
Charles Myers, Associate Professor, has published his book "Mark's Gospel from Scratch. The New Testament for Beginners" (WJK Books, 2010).
The Gospel of Mark is his favorite Gospel. After all the years of teaching Mark, Myers is still marveled at the depth and the power of this ancient work.
Megan Adamson Sijapati, Assistant Professor, has published her book "Islamic Revival in Nepal: Religion and a New Nation" (Routledge, 2011).
Based on extensive fieldwork in Nepal, this book examines the local and global factors shaping contemporary Muslim identity and the emerging Islamic revival movement in Nepal. Nepal's Muslims are active participants in the larger global movement of Sunni revival as well as in Nepal's own local politics of representation. The book traces how these two worlds are lived and brought together in the context of Nepal's transition to secularism, and explores Muslim struggles for self-definition and belonging against a backdrop of historical marginalization and an unprecedented episode of anti-Muslim violence in 2004.
Edwin D. Freed '43, (Emeritus) has published his book "Lincoln's Political Ambitions, Slavery, and the Bible" (Pickwick Publications, 2012).
Freed concentrates on what Abraham Lincoln himself says instead of what other's say about him, which yields insights into understand Lincoln's speech before the Young Mens Lyceum. Freed shows that much of what has been written about Lincoln's knowledge of the Bible and its influence on his thought is myth. A unique read for all Lincoln admirers.