Perry Yoder beams fresh light on ancient text of Leviticus

October 19, 2017

News release

Perry Yoder beams fresh light on ancient text of Leviticus
Volume 33 in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series rolls out

HARRISONBURG, Va.—In the 33rd volume of the Believers Church Bible Commentary series, Old Testament scholar Perry B. Yoder argues that the oft-neglected book of Leviticus illuminates valuable truths and symbols that appear in the New Testament.

Writing for pastors, laypersons, and scholars alike, Yoder uses recent scholarship “to encounter a gracious and holy God,” as endorser Melissa Florer-Bixler, pastor of Raleigh (N.C.) Mennonite Church, puts it.

Yoder examines the central question of : how God’s people are to live in light of God’s presence just outside their camp. “How do we begin to worship God? Where do we start?” writes Yoder. “Leviticus begins with rituals for pleasing God. This unadorned beginning reminds us that worship begins with God and our relationship to God, and not with ourselves.” The commentary portrays God as gracious, holy, and present. Leviticus, according to Yoder, unfurls critical characteristics of God in relation to humanity. In the commentary, Yoder traverses difficult interpretive territory such as the sacrificial system, purity laws, and priestly instructions.

David Janzen, associate professor of Old Testament at Durham University, says that Yoder’s commentary will help both pastors and laypersons who are “seeking to understand what can seem like a puzzling but fascinating biblical book.”

Gerald Gerbrandt, president emeritus and professor emeritus of Bible at Canadian Mennonite University, writes, “A consummate teacher, [Yoder has] a singular gift for illuminating the biblical text with an eye to how it informs the church today.”

Yoder is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. His key interests are the Old Testament, particularly the Psalms; ecological responsibility; and peace and justice. He worked as People’s Teacher of the Word, traveling across North America doing Bible teaching, 1975–77; as associate secretary for Peace and Social Concerns for the General Conference Mennonite Church, 1977–78; and taught at Bluffton, Bethel, and Conrad Grebel Colleges before coming to AMBS in 1985. He retired in 2005 but continues to teach Anabaptist Short Courses online.

The Believers Church Bible Commentary series is a cooperative project of the Brethren in Christ Church, Brethren Church, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Church USA.

The commentary is available for purchase from MennoMedia for $29.99 (paperback) and $23.99 (ebook) from 800‑245‑7894, the MennoMedia webstore at www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877‑846‑1593), Parasource (800‑263‑2664), and elsewhere.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the author, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540‑908‑3941 or email LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

—Staff release

Melodie Davis
MennoMedia
540‑574‑4874
MelodieD@mennomedia.org

 

MennoMedia moving to downtown Harrisonburg location mid-November 2017

News release
October 17, 2017

MennoMedia moving to downtown Harrisonburg location mid-November 2017

From its current location at 1251 Virginia Avenue, the MennoMedia offices are moving to 100 S. Mason St., Harrisonburg, Virginia in November.

HARRISONBURG, Va.—MennoMedia and its book imprint Herald Press will relocate from a location near Eastern Mennonite University to new rental space in downtown Harrisonburg.

Effective November 1 the new mailing address for MennoMedia and Herald Press is P.O. Box 866, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

The physical local address (to be used mainly for package delivery) is 100 S. Mason Street, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (note different zip codes).

The actual moving date will be sometime the week of November 6-11, 2017.

MennoMedia formed in 2011 out of the former Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media, and occupied a building at 1251 Virginia Avenue purchased by Mennonite Broadcasts Inc. in 1972. The building has been sold to Eastern Mennonite School (EMS) to be renovated into classroom and office space especially for its elementary school. Groundbreaking for the EMS renovations took place October 12. The new MennoMedia and Herald Press offices in downtown Harrisonburg are in the building of Wharton, Aldhizer, and Weaver PLC.

MennoMedia is an agency of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, publishing church and Sunday school curricula, hymnals, periodicals, religious trade books under the Herald Press imprint, and the Third Way website.

–Staff release

Melodie Davis
MennoMedia
540-574-4874
melodied@mennomedia.org

 

Podcaster, advocate, and peacemaker Osheta Moore releases debut book, Shalom Sistas

News release
October 5, 2017

Podcaster, advocate, and peacemaker Osheta Moore releases debut book, Shalom Sistas

HARRISONBURG, Va.—In her timely debut book, Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World, Osheta Moore sheds light on being a peacemaker in a world of violence, alienation, and injustice. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says that “fans of Elizabeth Cunningham, Anne Lamott, and Nadia Bolz-Weber will be delighted with this new, exciting voice.”

When Moore and her husband lost everything to Hurricane Katrina and found themselves relocated to a new city, she made the life-changing decision to become a “seeker of shalom.” Assuming herself to already be a peacemaker, Moore took a bold step and threw herself into her Bible and intensively studied the word peace for 40 days.

Shalom Sistas is the book I wish I had 10 years ago when I stood at our kitchen sink in Boston and realized that the life we lived as urban missionaries in New Orleans was over because of Hurricane Katrina—we lost our occupation as peacemakers to the storm,” says Moore.

There were more adventures ahead. “I certainly didn’t feel like I had the sweet and passive disposition of a peacemaker in our little suburb, so I was left with one big question: If Jesus is my Prince of Peace, what does that mean for me now?” Moore says.

Shalom Sistas is the story of what happened after Moore asked God to help her make peace with peace. “In the book, you’ll see how God used the Hebraic concept of shalom—God’s dream of wholeness for you and for me—to show me I can be a peacemaker right in my everyday life,” says Moore. “You’ll also see how this releases the pressure gauge of ‘not enough,’ which so many of us feel when faced with brokenness in ourselves and in the world.”

Moore takes readers through her Shalom Sista Manifesto, 12 guideposts for living wholeheartedly in a brokenhearted world. The manifesto includes points such as “We are beloved,” “We will rest,” and “We will choose subversive joy.” Readers may race to the end of the book for Moore’s “Shalom Steps,” practical ways people can practice shalom. She also includes a few special recipes in the book, like her famous red beans and rice.

Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free, says, “Shalom Sistas made me want to stand up and cheer! Only Osheta Moore could land these powerful soul truths with such humor and grace.”

Melanie Dale, author of It’s Not Fair and Women Are Scary, writes, “Osheta’s shalom is strong and opinionated; there’s nothing passive or saccharine about it.”

Shalom Sistas includes a foreword by author and blogger Sarah Bessy, and a free online study guide by Abby Perry for small groups, Sunday school, or individual study.

Osheta Moore is a writer and podcaster, as well as wife to an urban pastor, mother of three, and economic justice advocate for women in developing countries. Moore has consistently been a voice for peacemaking, justice, and racial reconciliation. Her work has been featured on numerous websites and blogs, including Sojourners, SheLoves Magazine, A Deeper Story, The Art of Simple, ReKnew, and Rachel Held Evans’s blog. Connect with her at shalominthecity.com.

Shalom Sistas is available from Herald Press for $15.99 (paperback) via 800‑245‑7894, the Herald Press webstore at www.HeraldPress.com, Amazon, and other online sources. Canadian customers can order from CommonWord (877‑846‑1593), Parasource (800‑263‑2664), and elsewhere.

See her video book trailer here describing the Shalom Manifesto.

To schedule an interview with Osheta Moore, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540‑908‑3941 or LeAnnH@mennomedia.org. Media contact: Jeane Wynn, Wynn-Wynn Media, LLC, 918‑283‑1834 or jeane@wynnwynnmedia.com.