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ATLA Special Series

HEB will be heading to Indianapolis in two weeks for the ATLA Annual Conference. This is a great time for members of ATLA to get to know the HEB collection a little more.

The highlight of the collection for ATLA members is the ATLA Special Series. Launched in 2016, the series is selection of nearly 100 titles (and growing!) that have been recommended for inclusion in the collection by ATLA members or titles deemed of special interest to theologians in the HEB collection.

During the conference, stop by HEB’s table and chat with Lee Walton to learn more about the special series or recommend a title. Don’t forget to check out a few of the titles in the special series below as well (subscriber access only).

About ATLA

From the ATLA Website

Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of over 800 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA’s ecumenical membership represents many religious traditions and denominations.

Proving Woman: Female Spirituality and Inquisitional Culture in the Later Middle Ages

by Dyan Elliot, Princeton University Press (2004)

From the Publisher:

While studies of sanctity and heresy tend to be undertaken separately, Proving Woman brings these two avenues of inquiry together by associating the downward trajectory of holy women with medieval society’s progressive reliance on the inquisitional procedure. Inquisition was soon used for resolving most questions of proof. It was employed for distinguishing saints and heretics; it underwrote the new emphasis on confession in both sacramental and judicial spheres; and it heralded the reintroduction of torture as a mechanism for extracting proof through confession.


Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

by Pascal Boyer, Basic Books (2001)

From the Publisher:

Many of our questions about religion, says renowned anthropologist Pascal Boyer, are no longer mysteries. We are beginning to know how to answer questions such as “Why do people have religion?” Using findings from anthropology, cognitive science, linguistics, and evolutionary biology, Religion Explained shows how this aspect of human consciousness is increasingly admissible to coherent, naturalistic explanation. This brilliant and controversial book gives readers the first scientific explanation for what religious feeling is really about, what it consists of, and where it comes from.


The Matter of the Gods: Religion and the Roman Empire

by Clifford Ando, University of California Press (2008)

From the Publisher:

What did the Romans know about their gods? Why did they perform the rituals of their religion, and what motivated them to change those rituals? To these questions Clifford Ando proposes simple answers: In contrast to ancient Christians, who had faith, Romans had knowledge, and their knowledge was empirical in orientation. In other words, the Romans acquired knowledge of the gods through observation of the world, and their rituals were maintained or modified in light of what they learned. After a preface and opening chapters that lay out this argument about knowledge and place it in context, The Matter of the Gods pursues a variety of themes essential to the study of religion in history.


The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights in Islam

by Fatima Mernissi & Mary Jo Lakeland, Perseus Books Group (1991)

From the Publisher:

Convinced that the veil is a symbol of unjust male authority over women, in The Veil and the Male Elite, Moroccan feminist Fatima Mernissi aims to investigate the origins of the practice in the first Islamic community.