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Peter Leithart

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  • Creator : A Theological Interpretation Of Genesis 1


    The Christian claim that the triune God is the creator of the universe is both exegetically grounded and theologically rich.

    Yet discussions about God’s work of creation are often overwhelmed by questions such as the age of the earth and the relationship between divine creation and evolution. Without completely ignoring such issues, Peter Leithart offers a decidedly theological interpretation of the creation account from Genesis 1.

    By engaging with classic discussions of creation, including those of Plato and Aristotle, as well as Christian articulations as varied as those of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Sergius Bulgakov, Karl Barth and Robert Jenson, Leithart embraces the challenge of talking about God and God’s first work. Here, readers will discover what it means to articulate a theology that is rigorously grounded in the first chapter of the Bible and the creedal affirmation of God the Father almighty, who is the creator of the heavens and earth.

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  • Collected Christian Essentials Catechism


    A life discipled by the catechism.

    The Collected Christian Essentials: Catechism is perfect for daily devotions, personal study, and prayer with others.

    *Let the catechism of the Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer guide your devotional life.

    *Experience a simple liturgy of morning and evening prayer.

    *Pray fresh prayers inspired by the catechism.

    *Read Scripture with the church year.

    *Understand the riches of the catechism with Peter J. Leithart, Ben Myers, and Wesley Hill.

    The catechism- the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer-has sustained and nurtured every generation of believers, directing their faith, hope, and love. It helps Christians read, pray, and live God’s word. By giving Christians God’s word to give back to him, it plants seeds of his word and cultivates them to full growth. The Collected Christian Essentials: Catechism brings the church’s ancient catechism to a new generation.

    The twenty-four catechism prayers were written by the Right Reverend Joey Royal, Suffragan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Arctic.

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  • On Earth As In Heaven


    The heavenly city of God resurrects the cities of men.

    On Earth as in Heaven calls the church to embrace her identity and mission as one shaped by biblical theology and liturgy. The world grows increasingly polarized and politicized, but the church’s commission remains unchanged. Christians carry out Jesus’s mission by being the church. To change the world, the church needs only to be what she is–the bride of Christ–and to do what she does–teach, preach, sing, pray, break bread. Cultural and political mission and individual witness and service all spring from the church’s liturgical life. As the church proclaims God’s word and practices vibrant liturgy, she is God’s heavenly city, shining as a light to the world.

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  • Jane Austen : A Literary Celebrity


    Jane Austen is famous for such books as Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. Now learn about the author’s journey through a life spent making up stories that touched the lives of millions.

    Jane Austen is now what she never was in life, and what she would have been horrified to become–a literary celebrity. “Janeia” is the author’s term for the mania for all things Austen. Dive into Jane Austen: A Literary Celebrity and discover:

    *how it all began and Austen’s love of poetry
    *her early masterpieces and the inspiration behind the stories
    *her road to getting published and the health decline that led to her death

    In this updated edition, you’ll also find discussion questions that work well for book clubs and ELA lesson plans. This biography is perfect for:

    *Jane Austen fans and collectors
    *men and women who have enjoyed Austen-inspired films and TV series adaptations
    *anyone interested in learning about the varied sides of Austen’s character and the characters she created

    Jane Austen: A Literary Celebrity is a fascinating look at a woman who never meant to be famous.

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  • Baptism : A Guide To Life From Death


    You’ve been baptized. But do you understand what it means?

    Baptism is the doorway into membership in the church. It’s a public declaration of the washing away of our sin and the beginning of our new life in Christ. But the sacrament that is meant to unite us is often a spring of division instead.

    All Christians use water to baptize. All invoke the triune name. Beyond that, there’s little consensus. Talk about baptism and you’re immediately plunged into arguments. Whom should we baptize? What does baptism do? Why even do it at all?

    Peter Leithart reunifies a church divided by baptism. He recovers the baptismal imagination of the Bible, explaining how baptism works according to Scripture. Then, in conversation with Christian tradition, he shows why baptism is something worth recovering and worth agreeing on.

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  • 10 Commandments : A Guide To The Perfect Law Of Liberty


    You know them. But do you understand them?

    The Ten Commandments have become so familiar to us that we don’t think about what they actually mean. They’ve been used by Christians throughout history as the basis for worship, confessions, prayer, even civil law.

    Are these ancient words still relevant for us today? Their outward simplicity hides their inward complexity. Jesus himself sums up the entire law in a pair of commandments: Love God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.

    Peter Leithart re-introduces the Ten Commandments. He shows us how they address every arena of human life, giving us a portrait of life under the lordship of Jesus, who is the heart and soul of the commandments.

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  • Delivered From The Elements Of The World


    In this wide-ranging study, bursting with insights, Peter Leithart explores how and why Jesus’ death and resurrection addresses the deepest realities of this world. This biblical and theological examination of atonement and justification challenges conventional perceptions and probes the depths of the death that changes everything.”

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  • 4 : A Survey Of The Gospels


    The Gospels are a fourfold portrait of Jesus.
    Deftly guiding readers through “the four,” Peter Leithart delves into both the unique perspective of each gospel and their unifying witness to Jesus. The gospels are riddled with themes and types; Leithart reveals them and explains the Old Testament prophecies that intertwine with these apostolic books, as well as their underlying literary structures. He discusses the dating of the books, showing how the timeline of the four gospels lace together, and lays out Israel’s history leading up to John the Baptist’s birth.

    For anyone navigating the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, The Four will give you your bearings.

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  • Defending Constantine : The Twilight Of An Empire And The Dawn Of Christend


    We know that Constantine issued the Edict of Milan in 313
    outlawed paganism and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire manipulated the Council of Nicea in 325
    exercised absolute authority over the church, co-opting it for the aims of empire

    And if Constantine the emperor were not problem enough, we all know that Constantinianism has been very bad for the church. Or do we know these things? Peter Leithart weighs these claims and finds them wanting. And what’s more, in focusing on these historical mirages we have failed to notice the true significance of Constantine and Rome baptized. For beneath the surface of this contested story there emerges a deeper narrative of the end of Roman sacrifice–a tectonic shift in the political theology of an empire–and with far-reaching implications.

    In this probing and informative book Peter Leithart examines the real Constantine, weighs the charges against Constantinianism, and sets the terms for a new conversation about this pivotal emperor and the Christendom that emerged.

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  • Promise Of His Appearing


    The book of Second Peter has long troubled biblical scholars and interpreters who have disputed its authorship and its claims about the imminent return of Christ. Leithart offers a preterist reading of the epistle, arguing that it describes first-century events rather than the end of history. He maintains orthodoxy, avoiding hyper-preterism, affirming both the real future return of Christ and the epistle’s authenticity.

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  • Wise Words : Family Stories That Bring The Proverbs To Life (Revised)


    An easy-to-understand introduction to the hows and why of homeschooling for skeptical relatives. The author discusses the dangers, both physical and educational, of public education, the long respected practice of tutoring, and the Biblical mandate that holds parents responsible for the education of their children. Methods of homeschooling, resources for teaching materials, and legal issues are also addressed. Drawn from the author’s own experience of explaining her homeschooling decision to her friends and relatives, this down-to-earth book is both personal and anecdotal. Readers will find this book to be a very clear, concise, and practical resource!

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  • Son To Me


    Peter Leithart’s typological reading of the unified book of 1 and 2 Samuel unleashes the literary power of this key Old Testament narrative. By giving careful attention to the book’s literary structures and its patterns of types and antitypes, the symbolic world of Samuel reveals a cumulative and cohesive story. Leithart’s reading of Samuel enhances our understanding of New Testament Christology and gives us a framework for applying the Old Testament to our own lives, as the book comes alive as a tragic and beautiful story of the rebirth of Israel in difficult times.

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  • Ascent To Love


    Chapter 1: I Have Come To The Garden
    The Classics, The Bible, And Love In Medieval Literature
    Chapter 2: Politics, Prophecy, And The Poetry Of Love
    Chapter 3: Not Yet Aeneas, Not Yet Paul Inferno
    Chapter 4: Redeemed From Fire By Fire Purgatorio
    Chapter 5: Join The Dance Paradiso
    Author Index

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    As the unsurpassed Christian epic poem, Dante’s Divine Comedy provides not only far more personality and emotional depth than the pagan epics, it opens up all the issues on which Western history turns-truth, beauty, goodness, sin, sanctification, and triumph.

    In this guide, Peter J. Leithart brings his rich biblical-typological insight to bear in opening up the Comedy for students, high school and up, mainly the sort of kids who keep looking for the jokes in the comedy. After examining the meaning and place of the courtly love tradition leading up to Dante, the heart of the guide walks us carefully through the craft and symbolisms of each progressive stage – Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Each section contains helpful study questions.

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  • House For My Name


    Introduction: The New Concealed

    1. Book Of Beginnings
    2. Out Of Egypt Have I Called My Son
    3. From Sinai To Shiloh
    4. The House Of David And The House Of Yahweh
    5. Walking In The Customs Of The Nations
    6. The Last Days Of Judah
    7. Exile And New Exodus
    8. Israel Dead And Reborn

    Author Index
    Scripture Index

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    The best stories subtly weave themes and characters and symbols into a stunning final tapestry. This Old Testament survey, written for junior high readers and up, reveals the rich weave that makes Scripture the Story of stories. Leithart has a gift for conveying the deep truths of Scripture in a gripping and understandable way. Even seminary students rave about this one.

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  • Miniatures And Morals


    Jane Austen’s novels are not only still widely read, but also continue to influence modern film and literature. In both their moral content and their focused, highly detailed, “miniaturist” execution, they reveal Austen’s mastery of the art of fiction and her concern for Christian virtues exercised within communities. Her sharp wit and sense of irony entertain, edify, and challenge both men and women alike. From theological and literary angles, Leithart unpacks both character and theme while summarizing each of Austen’s major works. For all who desire a richer appreciation of her enduring genius, Leithart offers a hearthside seat.

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