The Child in Christian Thought offers the first major survey of the history of Christian thought on children. Each chapter, written by an expert in the field, discusses the particular perspectives on children held by influential theologians and Christian movements throughout church history, asking what resources they can contribute to a sound contemporary view of childhood and child-rearing. Intended for all readers, this needed book will be a valuable resource for laying the foundation for a new, more meaningful Christian view of childhood today.

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Two Forthcoming Publications

I. The Child in the Bible (forthcoming 2008 - Eerdmans Publishing Company)

This volume is a collection of essays written by biblical scholars who explore themes of children and childhood in selected biblical texts. By using the "lens" of "the child," this volume offers fresh insights into the Bible and provides a necessary foundation for serious theological and ethical reflection on children and our obligations to them.

Contributors include:

Reidar Aasgaard
Project Leader
Norwegian Bible Society

University of Oslo

David L. Bartlett
Distinguished Professor of New Testament
Columbia Theological Seminary and
J Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication
Yale University Divinity School

William P. Brown
Professor of Old Testament
Columbia Theological Seminary

Walter Brueggemann
Professor Emeritus
Columbia Theological Seminary

Marcia J. Bunge
General Editor
Professor of Humanities and Theology
Valparaiso University

John T. Carroll
Harriet Robertson Fitts Memorial Professor of New Testament
Union Theological Seminary and
Presbyterian School of Christian Education

Terence E. Fretheim
Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament
Luther Seminary

Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Helen H.P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis
Princeton Theological Seminary

Joel B. Green
Professor of New Testament Interpretation
Fuller Theological Seminary

Judith M. Gundry
Research Fellow and Associate Professor (Adjunct) of New Testament
Yale University Divinity School

Jacqueline E. Lapsley
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Princeton Theological Seminary

Margaret Y. MacDonald
Professor, Department of Religion Studies
St. Francis Xavier University

Claire R. Mathews McGinnis
Associate Professor
Loyola College in Maryland

Esther M. Menn
Professor of Old Testament
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Patrick D. Miller
Professor Of Old Testament Theology Emeritus
Princeton Theological Seminary

Brent A. Strawn
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Candler School of Theology
Emory University

Marianne Meye Thompson
George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament
Fuller Theological Seminary

W. Sibley Towner
Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation
Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education

Keith J. White
Associate Lecturer
Spurgeon's College


This volume is a collection of essays written by theologians and ethicists on views of children and obligations to them in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The book is divided into two parts: 1) central beliefs and practices regarding children in each tradition; and 2) selected contemporary ethical issues. Each part includes chapters written by contributors from diverse strands within each particular faith tradition, and the book as a whole represents a range of conservative and progressive religious perspectives.

Contributors include:

Don Browning
Alexander Campbell Professor of Religious Ethics and the Social Sciences
Divinity School
University of Chicago

Marcia J. Bunge
Professor of Humanities and Theology
Christ College
Valparaiso University

Pamela D. Couture
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean and Professor of Practical Theology
Saint Paul School of Theology

Annemie Dillen
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Theology
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Elliot N. Dorff
Rector, Sol and Anne Dorff Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy
American Jewish University

Farid Esack
William Henry Bloomberg Visiting Professor
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Harvard University

Sylvia Barack Fishman
Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Co-Director, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Brandeis University

Keith Graber Miller
Chair, Bible and Religion Department
Goshen College

Marcia Hermansen
Professor of Islamic Studies
Theology Department
Loyola University Chicago

Zayn Kassam
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Pomona College

Bonnie Miller-McLemore
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling
Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Ebrahim Moosa
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
Associate Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center
Duke University

Lily Zakiyah Munir
Center for Pesantren and Democracy Studies

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Senior Rabbi
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

Nelly Van Doorn-Harder
Associate Professor of Islam and World Religions
Valparaiso University

John Wall
Associate Professor of Religion
Rutgers University

William Werpehowski
Professor of Christian Ethics
Villanova University

Sondra Ely Wheeler
Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics
Wesley Theological Seminary

Laurie Zoloth
Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Director, Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society
Feinberg School of Medicine
Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies Program
Weinberg College of Arts and Science
Northwestern University

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