To Taste and See

Exploring Incarnation and the Ambiguities of Faith

By Thomas W. Mann

To Taste and See

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  • ISBN: 9781556358494
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2008
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To Taste and See

Exploring Incarnation and the Ambiguities of Faith

By Thomas W. Mann

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  • ISBN: 9781556358494
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2008
  • Retail Price: $20.00
Web Price: $16.00
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Among the ambiguities, superficialities, uncertainties, and temporality of a contemporary day-to-day, rush-here, rush-there world, Mann beams a revelatory light on the ordinary things--bathing the baby or visiting an elderly day care center--and makes them glow with significance. It is a special gift to be able to uncover the spirituality in the familiar, to disclose the sacred in the ordinary, and the author effortlessly uncovers the epiphanies that wait patiently in the everyday for discovery.

The reality of faith is at the core of these meditational explorations. To Taste and See not only illustrates how to think theologically about the ordinary events of life--it is a gentle challenge to do so. Mann draws his insights and inspirations from a variety of sources: the Bible, contemporary literature, swamp frogs, the life of the congregation, scholarly studies--all made accessible in a lively, informal, thought-provoking style. The riches of wisdom and the abundance of what it means to be Christian surround us. All we must do to partake of these gifts is to "taste and see."

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Mann’s study of the foundational texts of biblical faith has long been a reliable staple of pedagogy and interpretation. In it he combines a well-honed capacity for critical judgment with an acute theological sensibility, all of which is presented in an accessible format. For these reasons this new edition is a welcome offer. In it he has . . . added materials that could not have been on the horizon in the first edition. This book will evoke many grateful readers.”

—Walter Brueggemann

Columbia Theological Seminary



From the first edition:



“Having retold the first part of the Bible's story of ancient Israel in his acclaimed The Book of the Torah, Thomas Mann now presents the second half with critical and theological acumen. The difficult themes and pictures are not glossed over, but Mann's rich interpretive retelling opens up avenues into a contemporary appropriation of this story, on which, for better or for worse, the Christian community is grounded.”

—Patrick D. Miller

Princeton Theological Seminary, Emeritus



“An amazing achievement. Lucidly, with illuminating parallels from modern times, Mann guides us superbly through vast terrain. He keeps the big picture always in view, yet has an unerring eye for the telling detail. He concisely explains disparate sources and historical background. But always the story, with its rich cast of characters, takes pride of place. We see complexities and ambiguities in narratives fraught with violence and we confront the challenges they present today's reader. The final chapter, deeply thoughtful, critical, and constructive, lays out paths to better understand this great theological history as a work of theodicy, the struggle to comprehend God's ways in a calamitous world. In Mann's book, the ancient work has an excellent modern companion.”

—David M. Gunn

Texas Christian University


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Thomas W. Mann

Bio(s)-

Thomas W. Mann, a widely published author, is the minister of the Parkway United Church of Christ, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His other books include God of Dirt: Mary Oliver and the Other Book of God (Cowley, 2004), The Book of the Torah: The Narrative Integrity of the Pentateuch (WJK, 1988), and Deuteronomy (WJK, 1995).

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