Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rick Love’s Top 10 Books of 2011

From his blog:

  1. Speaking of Jesus: the Art of Not-Evangelism by Carl Medearis
  2. Unconditional? The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness by Brian Zahnd
  3. The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus by Bruxy Cavey
  4. The Powers That Be: Theology For A New Millennium by Walter Wink
  5. Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright
  6. The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission: Promoting the Gospel with More than our Lips by John Dickson
  7. Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller
  8. Allah: A Christian Response by Miroslav Volf
  9. Real-Time Connections: Linking Your Job with God’s Global Work by Bob Roberts Jr.
  10. Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty by Mustafa Akyol

Read his post for an explanation of each book.

Here’s another book that looks very interesting, Textual Criticism and Qur'an Manuscripts.  From Amazon:

In this study, Keith Small applies the principles of textual analysis to twenty-two manuscripts—most of them early—that contain Q. 14:35-41, which describes how Abraham settled his son—presumably Ishmael—in Mecca. Based on a careful and systematic analysis of the manuscripts, Small traces the historical development of the Qur'anic text from the rise of Islam until the 10th century CE. Comparison of the manuscripts with the evidence of literary sources suggests that the text remained open and fluid during the first half of the seventh century, and that the production of a standard text was not completed until the end of that century. This editorial project, sponsored by the Umayyad caliphs, resulted in the destruction of most if not all of the earliest manuscripts, with the result that it is currently impossible to recover the original form of the text. This is an important contribution to scholarship on the Qur'an. (David S. Powers)

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