Warring States Project

The Project's emphasis on standard philological and historical methodology makes it distinctive in all three of its fields of endeavor, where that methodology has not been systematically applied. The publication program makes the Project's research results readily available to specialists, teachers, students, and the reading public. There are three book series, and two associated journals.

Ancient China

The witnesses for China's classical period are about three dozen texts. The traditional understanding of the period mythologizes Confucius, overemphasizes the Confucian against the statecraft and military texts, treats the meditation texts as comic relief, and ignores the sub-elite Micians, whose approach is more relevant to modern issues than any of the others. The Project seeks a better balanced and methodologically more responsible understanding.

Ancient China in Context

This series, covering several of the major texts, supplements and completes The Original Analects (Columbia 1998), a translation and commentary on the Analects of Confucius. The following list is in chronological order of the texts included. The survey volume, The Emergence of China, is listed last.

Spring and Autumn: The Chinese World Before Confucius (expected 2022)
Three Hundred Poems: The Chinese Classical Repertoire
A Usable Past: The Chinese Classic of Documents
Before the Yi: The First Chinese Divination Manual
Arts of War: The Classical Chinese Military Tradition (expected 2020)
Quiet Ways: The Mystical Statecraft of the Dau/Dv Jing (expected 2018)
Waging Peace: The Mician Program for Ancient China (expected 2021)
Mencius: A Disputed Heritage (expected 2019)
The Emergence of China: From Confucius to the Empire (published 2015)

Warring States Papers

In this annual journal will be found many of the preliminary studies for the above, and studies of texts not separately treated in that series.

Warring States Papers v1 (cover date 2010, published 2012)
Warring States Papers v2 (cover date 2017, expected early 2018)

Early Christianity

The witnesses for Early Christianity are about three dozen canonical and noncanonical texts, many of which are incorrectly dated or otherwise misunderstood. A complication is that the theology of the modern churches is largely Pauline in its theology, which exerts a restraining influence on all research tending to develop the pre-Pauline period of the Jesus movement,

Studies in Early Christianity

The emergence of Christianity from Judaism is one of the great events in Western history, but it is rarely taught in a historical context. These publications attempt to fill the gap. This series covers the principal early texts. It includes a historical overview, Jesus and After, which is meant for thoughtful Christians as well as for professional scholars.:This popular volume is the only one planned for the next few years. Scholars may wish to keep current with Project research in this area by following our journal Alpha.

Gospels of Mark: The Oldest Story of Jesus
Zeal for the Promise: Letters and Life of Paul of Tarsus
Luke the Healer: The Gospel of Poverty
Inventing Christianity: The Acts of the Apostles
Kingdom of Heaven: Jesus According to Matthew
Not For These Only: The Church in the Gospel of John
Jesus and After: The First Eighty Years (2017)


In this annual journal appear many of the research results which underlie the above volumes, plus studies of texts and tendencies not individually covered in that series.

Alpha v1 (cover date 2017, published December 2017)
Alpha v2 (cover date 2018, expected 2018)

Excursions in Ancient Poetry

Many of the early texts, from Homer to the Hebrew Bible, are in poetic form, and they invite special treatment in order to take systematic account of that aspect. This seeries concludes with a planned folume on metehodology in general, including, but not limited to, the techniques approrpriate to poetic material.

Excursions in Ancient Poetry

These include a volume on each of the Homeric poems, here approached analytically and with the advantage of a new method of stylistic analysis. The overview volume, Reading Ancient Texts, is a summary of methodology in all the text-based sciences. IIn effedt, it is the overview voolume for all the Project's book series.

The Rage of Achilles: Homer's Iliad
Penelope in Waiting: Her Odyssey
Defining Israel; The Formation of the Psalms
Chinese Poems in Context: Glimpses of a Virtuoso Tradition
Yakamochi: A Life in Poetry

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

All Project publications have the same Editors, plus overlapping Advisors for each of the above series. 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 chosen fields stand to benefit by being approached in terms of that methodology, and with the benefit of that wider view.

To order any of these publications, see our page at the University Press of New England.

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