Warring States Publications
Books

Capitol Hill Books, Denver

Building on a long history of previous research and publication (for which see the Publications index page), the Project's new results, in both its fields of major concern, are being disseminated in two ways. One way, for current results by Project principals and by others, is its Journals, plus contributions of articles to other journals or monographs. The way other cumulates journal articles and other findings into books. This page is about the books.

In parallel with the Project's two journals, the books form two series, with the Sinological series further divided. All Project publications treat many of the source texts as accumulations rather than integral compositions: the result of a formation process rather than of a single authorial impulse. Like authority texts in any culture, from Polynesian ancestral chants to the Constitution of the United States, they maintain their authority status by keeping current with changing needs and perceptions. Only if understood in this dynamic sense can their value as evidence for history be properly assessed and utilized. This view is more or less standard in many humanistic fields. It tends to be contested in both classical Sinology and in NT studies, and is thus somewhat distinctive of Project research results in both fields. More specifically:

Sinological

These books make up two series: (1) the New Chinese Classics, which are extended studies of the formation and derivation of a text or corpus; and (2) the Ancient China in Context series, which are closely related to the series survey volume, The Emergence of China. They focus on one text (such as the Dau/Dv Jing) or a group of closely related texts (the two oldest military manuals, Sundz and Wudz), and give Chinese text and English translation for all or selected portions of those texts, allowing Warring States history to be viewed from that perspective, and offering a fuller exposure to that perspective than was possible in Emergence, where many threads are considered together. The presence of a character text allows them to be used in a language as well as a historical or philosophical curriculum.

New Testament

These books present the history of early Christianity from the viewpoint of Alpha Christianity, the pre-Pauline form of doctrine and practice which seem to have been derived from Jesus' teachings during his life, and not based on later theories interpreting Jesus' death. The light shed by the contrast between Alpha and Beta or Pauline Christianity reveals much about the development of Christianity that was confused before. The volumes planned for this series are meant to deal with the major moments and interludes in that history, from the lifetime of Jesus to the reactionary reformulation of his historical persona in the Gospel of Matthew. The formative if also divisive figure of Paul is also explored.

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