Warring States Project

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The Project's emphasis on standard philological and historical methodology makes it distinctive in both its fields of endeavor, where, for different reasons, they have not been systematically applied. The publication program makes its research results readily available to specialists, teachers, students, and the general reading public. The program comprises two book series and a journal on the Sinological side, and one book series and a journal on the New Testament side.

Distribution of Project publications worldwide is through the University Press of New England, to which all orders placed from these pages are automatically referred. An order link is given for books currently available or in final production; dates and other information for other titles are our best current estimate.

Ancient China

The witnesses for China's classical period are about three dozen texts, many of which are incorrectly dated or otherwise misunderstood. Traditional understanding of the period mythologizes Confucius, overweights the Confucian against the statecraft and military texts, treats the meditational texts as comic relief, and virtually ignores the sub-elite Micians, whose approach is more relevant to modern issues than any of the others. The Project is in the forefront of those seeking a better balanced, methodologically responsible, and chronologically precise view of the period.

Ancient China in Context

The teachings of the classical philosophers and technicians were formative for early China, and are still cogent for modern China. This series brings this important part of the world heritage to the attention of a world readership. It includes an overview and orientation volume, The Emergence of China, plus single volumes giving a more detailed look at the major schools of thought. These works together help to correct the present almost exclusive focus on Confucius, and allow a broader and more representative picture to emerge, one which has far more direct relevance to modern questions than the artificial image of "Confucius" which presently dominates all discussion. These books are meant to form a series with The Original Analects (Columbia 1998), a complete account (translation and commentary) of the Analects of Confucius.
Arts of War: The Classical Chinese Military Tradition (expected 2016)
Quiet Ways: The Mystical Statecraft of Laudz (expected 2016)
Waging Peace: The Mician Program for Ancient China
Mencius: China's Second Sage
The Emergence of China: From Confucius to the Empire (published 2015)

The New Chinese Classics

Classical China itself regarded certain supposedly archaic texts as authoritative for the culture. This series takes a closer look at the most important of them: the Shr, Shu, Yi, and Chun/Chyou or Spring and Autumn, and shows how they came together, and in what period. It reveals the neglected Spring and Autumn chronicle to be the only direct witness to the history of that period, and how the Shr and Shu classics arose not in ancient times, but in the middle and late Warring States, and how their growth reflected the changing self-concept of an increasingly warlike China. Unlike the books in the Ancient CHina in Context series, these treatments of the larger classics are studies rather than complete translations.

Spring and Autumn: The Chinese World Before Confucius (expected 2017)
A Timeless Present: The Chinese Classic of Poetry
A Usable Past: The Chinese Classic of Documents
A Visible Future: The Chinese Classic of Changes

Warring States Papers

In this annual journal, specialists and other interested persons may follow the ongoing research by which the conclusions behind the above books are reached and further developed. Recommended especially for advanced students and for all research libraries.

Warring States Papers v1 (cover date 2010, published 2012)
Warring States Papers v2 (cover date 2011, expected 2016)

Early Christianity

The witnesses for Early Christianity are about three dozen canonical and noncanonical texts, many of which are incorrectly dated or otherwise misunderstood. Recent scholarship has largely failed to take advantage of the traditional historical and philological methods which define the Project's research approach. In addition, the modern Church is largely Pauline in its theology, and exerts a restraining influence on all research. These publications explore the sensitive but vital question of what the Christianity of Jesus and his first followers was like.

The First Christian Century

The emergence of Christianity from Judaism is one of the great events in Western history, but few university history departments devote a course to it, and few Divinity schools permit a historical approach to it. Our publications in this area help to fill the resulting gap. As with texts in ancient China or any other ancient culture, we recognize interpolations and strata in some texts, and interrelations between all the texts. The series begins with the Gospel of Mark, the earliest account of Jesus, and continues with the other Gospels and the letters of Paul and his circle. These texts are formative for later Christianity in all its varieties. Treating them with sympathy and also with philological rigor reveals how the many varieties of Christianity gradually arose.

Jesus and After: According to Mark (expected 2017)
God's Apostle: Paul and His Circle
Luke the Healer: The Gospel of Dedication
Kingdom of Heaven: The Vision of Matthew
In Me: Mystical Union in the Gospel of John
Hymns and Sermons / From the Early Churches


In this annual journal, specialists and other interested persons may follow the ongoing research by which the conclusions behind the above books are reached and further developed. Recommended for advanced students and for all church and research university libraries.

Alpha v1 (cover date 2013, expected mid 2016))
Alpha v2 (cover date 2014, expected late 2016))

For publications outside the Project's own publishing program, see the Other page.

All Project publications have the same Editors, plus overlapping Advisors for Sinological and New Testament publications. They bring an interdisciplinary perspective to bear on problems which have been treated more narrowly in the past. In all its publications, the Project wishes to affirm, and to carry out in practice, its perception that basic methodology is uniform across all the humanistic sciences, and that our two chosen fields, classical Sinology and Early Christianity, stand to benefit greatly by being approached in terms of that standard methodology.

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