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Ellens, J. Harold 1932-

Works: 134 works in 429 publications in 2 languages and 18,672 library holdings
Genres: Reference works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  History  Sermons 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Contributor
Classifications: BL65.V55, 291.178
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by J. Harold Ellens
God's word for our world by J. Harold Ellens( )

13 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 2,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This two-volume work in biblical studies is a commemorative presentation to Simon John DeVries, noted Old Testament Scholar. Volume two encompasses the worldviews of the Bible for Jews and Christians, the Holiness of God, Psalms in LXX, similarities in ancient Near Eastern narrative and Hebrew Bible, the Bible in the cultural settings of ancient Rome, Middle Ages, Oriental theologies, and contemporary cultural imperatives, and the function of biblical metaphors
Understanding religious experiences : what the Bible says about spirituality by J. Harold Ellens( )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considers the meaning of spirituality in the context of religious experiences and looks to the Bible and other sources to uncover a greater understanding of spirituality in general
The spirituality of sex by J. Harold Ellens( )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book describes the psychospiritual facts of life about the pervasiveness of sexuality in all aspects of human life. The energy developed by our libido is the dynamic source of all the forces that shape our experience, life, motives, thought, feelings, desires, and spiritual longings. No facet of life is untouched or unshaped by this dynamo. Whether we are sitting in church at worship, in a meeting for business, in a party for pleasure, we are always aware of the gender of those who are around us and of their level of sensuality, as it impacts us. If we are not aware of that, some wounding
Sex in the Bible : a new consideration by J. Harold Ellens( )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: What is the Bible's stance on such controversial issues as homosexuality and polygamy? What does it have to say about sexual behaviors that some would deem perverted or criminal? Is sex always wrong if it is not used to create life? Ellens answers these and other questions in a book that argues that our understanding of what the Bible has to say about sex is frequently misguided. He corrects our impressions with a look at the Scriptures themselves, considers what they might have meant to people in the past, and reflects on how we understand, or misunderstand, them today. Focusing on early interpretations and contemporary misconceptions, Ellens guides readers through what the Bible actually says, showing how these messages have been interpreted in different contexts, and suggesting new ways of reading and translating them for use in our own lives. Readers hoping to reach a better understanding of the Bible's views on sexual practices and sexuality in general will find their questions answered here. What does the story of Adam and Eve reveal about sex and sexuality? What does the Old Testament say about sex and how might we interpret that in our own lives today? How does the New Testament say we should behave in our sexuality and our lives? What lessons can we learn from a closer examination of the Bible and its teachings on human love, marriage, and sexuality? These are among the many questions Ellens answers in an effort to help us all come to a better understanding of the gift of sexuality and its attendant behaviors in our lives. In non-judgmental prose, he elucidates the Bible and our understanding of its teaching on these and related issues
Radical grace : how belief in a benevolent God benefits our health by J. Harold Ellens( )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book contends that all health - mental and physical - is shaped, for good or ill, by our spiritual, theological, and psychological notions about the nature of God, and by the way we form an outlook on life as a result of these notions. Across history, a large percentage of people have believed that God is a threat, an attitude Ellens describes as "sick gods created through pathological beliefs," or "sick gods that make sick people." But Ellens grounds his brighter perspective in this text on God as a source of unconditional grace and goodwill, then illuminates the effect this perspective has on people who have incorporated it into their minds and lives."--Jacket
The destructive power of religion : violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by J. Harold Ellens( Book )

38 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This extensive series explores themes including the seeds of violence in Biblical interpretation, human sacrifice in the Old Testament, violent religious metaphors, the violent messiah, linguistic and psychoanalytic approaches to religious themes, the jihad in context and in the Qur'an, fundamentalism and violence, and the psychoreligious roots of violence
God's radical grace : challenging sermons for ordinary time(s) by J. Harold Ellens( )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""As facets on a gem reveal its hidden beauty, so Dr Ellens' sermons for Ordinary Time(s) disclose the depth and beauty of the scriptures relating to these months of the Christian year between Pentecost and Advent. His long career prepared him well to author this book. With the approach of a scholar, the patience of a teacher, and the understanding of a pastor, he gives the reader new insights into these familiar scriptures. To read one of his sermons on a glorious summer day is to pray in the
A dangerous report : challenging sermons for Advent and Easter by J. Harold Ellens( )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is tightly packed with surprising insights one simply does not normally hear from the pulpit, but yet are so obviously implied in the biblical narratives of Christmas and Easter. Dr Ellens has a unique way of cracking open familiar biblical se
Explaining evil( )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These volumes examine incidents of evil from ancient times to modern day around the globe. Concepts of evil within the big three religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--are examined, as well as in Chinese philosophy and Native American beliefs. The political or national expressions of evil are explored, such as the "axis of evil" that culminated in World War II. These volumes identify the causes and effects of evil, and suggest possible remedies to humanity's inescapable flaw
Bethsaida in archaeology, history and ancient culture : a festschrift in honor of John T. Greene by J. Harold Ellens( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is an archaeological analysis, history, and description of a key excavation of the site of biblical Bethsaida, the most important Holy Land location in the narrative of Jesus' life. This volume presents some of the pre-eminent biblical archaeological scholars in the field, all of whom were associated with Professor John T. Greene, either in the process of decades of archaeological exploration of the ancient site of Bethsaida, or in some other related activity in the field of bibli
The healing power of spirituality : how faith helps humans thrive by J. Harold Ellens( )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heaven, hell, and the afterlife : eternity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by J. Harold Ellens( )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In modern Western culture, there is both a universal interest in and immense confusion about traditional and contemporary concepts of afterlife. New Age ideologies have combined with a general shift from dogmatic creedal religions to result in organizations that emphasize being spiritual rather than strictly religious. The result has been greater misconceptions and mutual ignorance among the different religious traditions. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism all feature ideas about heaven, hell, and afterlife, and these concepts have evolved over time within these religions. This work supplies a detailed and coherent understanding of the broad scope of spiritual thinking in the last 3,000 years within the Abrahamic traditions. Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife: Eternity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam provides an all-encompassing examination of historic and contemporary perspectives on afterlife in Western religions. In these three volumes, Judaic, Christian, and Muslim scholars join forces, providing an unprecedented review of their individual faith's traditions. Every significant issue and major theme is discussed; no controversial topic is avoided. From ancient doctrines to modern-day outlooks of conservatives, progressives, and liberals in all three religions, all are analyzed and presented here. The framework of the volumes underscores how the ethics and concepts of eternity in the Western "action" religions contrast with Eastern religions that tend to be characterized as "passive" or "withdrawal" religions in their ethics and their notions of afterlife as absorption within universal spirit, Nirvana, or nonexistence. This work is well-suited for undergraduate and graduate students, general readers interested in religion, and professional scholars, particularly those in fields corollary to religious study."--Publisher's description
Our changing journey to the end : reshaping death, dying, and grief in America( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection, scholars from across the nation illuminate the changes that have taken place in recent years, are now underway, and loom on the horizon as they lead readers on an exploration of the ways Americans think about and handle dying and death
Psychological hermeneutics for biblical themes and texts : a Festschrift in honor of Wayne G. Rollins by J. Harold Ellens( )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychology and the Bible : a new way to read the Scriptures by J. Harold Ellens( Book )

15 editions published in 2004 in English and French and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thirty-four experts from seven countries gather here to show us how the various schools of psychology interpret the Scriptures, from sexual laws and beliefs about shame to the personalities of Jesus, Job and the prophet Ezekiel. A range of psychological perspectives from Freud to Kohut is chronicled, demonstrating a broad spectrum of applications from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament."--BOOK JACKET
Feminism and religion : how faiths view women and their rights by Michele Antoinette Paludi( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a conference in 2013, Gloria Steinem noted that religion is the "biggest problem" facing feminism today. In this insightful volume, a team of researchers, psychologists, and religious leaders led by editors Michele A. Paludi and J. Harold Ellens supply their expertise and informed opinions to examine the problems, spur understanding, and pose solutions to the conflicts between religion and women's rights, thereby advocating a global interest in justice and love for women. Examples of subjects addressed include the pro-life/pro-choice debate, feminism in new age thought, and the complex intersections of religion and feminism combined with gender, race, and ethnicity. The contributed work in this unique single-volume book enables a better understanding of how various religions view women--both traditionally and in the modern context--and how feminist thinking has changed the roles of women in some world religions. Readers will come away with clear ideas about how religious cultures can honor feminist values, such as family-friendly workplace policies, reproductive justice, and pay equity, and will be prepared to engage in conversation and constructive debate regarding how faith and feminism are interrelated today. (Publisher)
Models of religious broadcasting by J. Harold Ellens( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miracles : God, science, and psychology in the paranormal by J. Harold Ellens( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Being called : scientific, secular, and sacred perspectives by David Bryce Yaden( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unique book is an essential resource for interdisciplinary research and scholarship on the phenomenon of feeling called to a life path or vocation at the interface of science and religion. According to Gallup polls, more than 40 percent of Americans report having had a profound religious experience or awakening that changed the direction of their life. What are the potential mental, spiritual, and even physical benefits of following the calling to take a particular path in life? This standout book addresses the full range of calling experiences, from the "A-ha!" moments of special insight, to pondering what one is meant to do in life, to intense spiritual experiences like Saint Paul on the road to Damascus. Drawing upon the collective knowledge and insight of expert authors from Australia, China, Eastern Europe, Italy, the UK, and the United States, the work provides a comprehensive examination of the topic of callings suitable for collegiate students, professors, and professional scholars interested in topics at the interface of science and religion. It will also benefit general readers seeking the expertise of psychologists, neuroscientists, and theologians from various backgrounds and worldviews who explain why it is important to "do what you were meant to do." Features: Offers religious, spiritual, scientific, and secular avenues of understanding experiences of calling ; Creates an opening for a new dialogue between psychology and spirituality ; Provides readers with sound, practical advice on how to find one's own calling or ideal direction in life in the modern world ; Includes contributions by well-known scholars and scientists such as Dr. Martin Seligman, who discovered learned helplessness and founded positive psychology; Dr. Andrew Newberg, who pioneered the neuroscience of spiritual experiences; and Dr. Ralph Hood, a renowned expert on mystical experiences
The Church and pastoral care( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The spirituality of sex
Understanding religious experiences : what the Bible says about spiritualityThe spirituality of sexSex in the Bible : a new considerationRadical grace : how belief in a benevolent God benefits our healthThe destructive power of religion : violence in Judaism, Christianity, and IslamExplaining evilThe healing power of spirituality : how faith helps humans thrivePsychology and the Bible : a new way to read the ScripturesMiracles : God, science, and psychology in the paranormal
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Ellens, J. H. 1932-

Ellens, J. H. 1932-2018

Ellens, J. Harold

Harold Ellens, J. 1932-2018

J. Harold Ellens American psychologist

J. Harold Ellens Amerikaans psycholoog

J. Harold Ellens amerikansk psykolog

J. Harold Ellens psicòleg estatunidenc

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J. Harold Ellens psicólogu estauxunidense (1932–2018)

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