Common Course Readers
Christian Scriptures: REL 1310
Exploring Biblical Backgrounds provides students and teachers with a rich compendium of ancient primary sources that form essential readings for studying both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Containing a wide range of comparable texts from the ancient Near East, Second Temple Judaism, the Greco-Roman world, and early Christianity, this collection furnishes students with awareness and insight of the various contexts of the Bible and views into important parallels. Headnotes to the sections and to each individual reading enable students to understand how a reading connects to the biblical text, while the expansive Scripture index provides an easy tool for identifying the biblical texts referenced in the introductions.
An indispensable companion for understanding how history and ancient ideas resonate in Scripture, Exploring Biblical Backgrounds guides students through the world out of which Scripture grew and prepares readers to hear the voice with which the Bible speaks.
Derek S. Dodson is a Senior Lecturer in the Religion Department at Baylor University.
Katherine E. Smith is a Lecturer in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core
Paperback, 6x9, 272 pages
Christian Heritage: REL 1350
Exploring Christian Heritage provides students and teachers with a rich and substantial introduction to the texts that have shaped the Christian faith. Including works by Augustine, Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Wesley, John Calvin, and Karl Barth, among others, this collection also highlights essential movements—from the second to the twenty-first centuries—often glossed over in primary source readers. From Pentecostalism and Baptists to feminism and religious liberty movements, Exploring Christian Heritage succinctly joins together the most influential voices of Christian history and theology with those that have been forgotten and sometimes ignored.
Now in its second edition, voices ancient and modern have been added to deepen and widen the story of Christianity in varied forms. Exploring Christian Heritage, second edition also contains additional classroom resources, including new textual introductions and over ninety new quizzes.
C. Douglas Weaver is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Religion and Professor of Baptist Studies at Baylor University.
Rady Roldán-Figueroa is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Director of Research in the School of Theology at Boston University.
Paperback, 6x9, 468 pages
The United States in Global Perspective: HIS 1300
The field of United States history is experiencing a transformation as instructors reconsider traditional national narratives as frames for understanding the history of the nation and the world. Put simply, placing U.S. history in its broader, international context enriches our understanding of the past. Ideal for use in U.S. History surveys or U.S. in the World surveys, The United States in Global Perspective: A Primary Source Reader provides students with a vibrant collection of primary sources and instructors a tool to globalize instruction. Through a variety of textual and visual sources, students can investigate the long history of the region’s engagement with the world as well as the ways in which the world has shaped the United States.
Features of this title:
- This title contains 358 primary sources, divided into fifteen chapters that cover U.S. history from the era of contact and colonization to the present. Sources vary in type, introducing students to a range of international perspectives on significant issues in U.S. history.
- Each chapter includes a 360, a special section that presents a quick global overview of a specific topic or issue, using sources from varying locations and time periods.
- Each primary source is accompanied by an introduction to offer students the source’s context and discussion questions that can inform in-class discussion or writing assignments.
- The resource will also identify pathways instructors can use to follow specific themes throughout the book, such as labor, immigration, environmental history, African American history, urban history, and women’s rights.
Dr. Julie K. deGraffenried
Dr. Stephen M. Sloan
Course reader available Fall 2019 - more information forthcoming
American Literary Cultures: ENG 2310
This reader is designed with Baylor University’s Common Core in mind, with its emphasis on globalism and dialogue. As an integral part of the Common Core, American Literary Cultures, English 2310, features an appropriate attention to the study of American literature in a global context. The editors have designed this text as a supplemental reader that will pair up with many volumes currently in use by Baylor English faculty.
While tracing diverse heritages and global impulses shaping America from Contact to early twentieth-century Modernism, this reader offers a new focus with which to engage the Baylor undergraduate. In addition to readings across American literary cultures, this reader spotlights literature set in Texas and the Southwest and written by regional authors that reflects a culturally rich and heterogeneous heritage—Native, Latino, European, African. The narratives and counter narratives offered here introduce Baylor students to the diversity of voices of those close and far, familiar and foreign, present and historical. In ballads, lyrical poems, tall tales, short stories, speeches, sermons, memoirs, and discourses on language and literature, students may read themselves into and against exciting and challenging works of American literary cultures. They may engage critically, contextually, creatively, and empathetically; and they may see this course as critical to their undergraduate experience as they prepare to become citizens of the world.
Elizabeth Dell is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Baylor University. Her interests are nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, American literature, and women’s studies.
Joe B. Fulton is Professor in the Department of English at Baylor University. His interests are American literature, American dictionaries, and Mark Twain.
Course reader available Fall 2019 - more information forthcoming
Baylor Annotated Study Bible
Timeless. Empowering. Inspired. True. The Holy Bible is the Word of God for the people of God, whose task it is to bear witness to the work of God in the world. For generations, this book has served to define the identity of the church and shape its mission. Taken together, the Old and New Testaments tell the story of a God who creates, calls, and covenants with people, a God who makes all things new. At the heart of this story is the person of Christ, the one in and through whom Christians read all Scripture.
The Baylor Annotated Study Bible represents a monumental collaborative effort, bringing together nearly seventy biblical scholars—Baylor faculty, graduates, affiliates, and friends—to refresh our view of the sacred texts. Each of the sixty-six canonical books of the Protestant Bible is given an introduction and commentary intended to immerse readers in the literary, sociohistorical, and theological depths of Scripture. In addition, the intercommunication and echoes between the biblical books are exhibited through a rich assemblage of cross-references. Rounding out this indispensable study aid are a biblical timeline, glossary of terms used in the introductions and commentaries, concordance to the New Revised Standard Version translation, and full-color maps.
A reliable companion for both personal and classroom study, the Baylor Annotated Study Bible follows in the long-standing mission of Baylor University: to serve as a faithful witness to the liberating, transformative good news of the gospel. Just as Baylor stands astride the realms of church and academy, so the Baylor Annotated Study Bible joins Christian conviction with scholarly rigor to provide a unique and accessible guide for all students of the Christian Scriptures and all followers of Christ. Let the tools provided here lead to an engagement with God's Word that enlightens, enriches, and encourages.
W. H. Bellinger Jr. is Chair of the Department of Religion and W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chairholder in Bible at Baylor University.
Todd Still is Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University.
2016 pages, 6x9, 8 full-color maps
cloth with jacket ISBN: 9781481308250
leather like ISBNs: 9781481308274 / 9781481311045